July 1st - October 9th, 2020

In times of the Counter-reformation Protestants in Austria had to follow their beliefs in secret. On adventurous routes, under the constant threat of capture (and subsequently heavy punishment), bibles, prayer- and song books were smuggled to the remote mountain valleys of the Salzkammergut where the protestant beliefs were still strong among the population. 

Requirements and general information

The tour mainly covers alpine terrain. You will need appropriate mountain equipment and basic stamina. Necessary mountain equipment: ankle-high boots, functional clothes, rucksack, food and water, rain and sun protection, first-aid kit, mobile phone, possibly hiking sticks, …Your route is recorded for posterity when you enter your name in every hut logbook in the Dachstein Mountains. The routes are well signposted, although the signs could partly be covered by snow. Hence, it is imperative that you take your maps and the Dachstein hiking book with you. An experienced guide is available to accompany you upon request.

Arrangement

  • 6 x Overnight stay with breakfast (4 x ***inns/hotels, 2 x lodges – double rooms or communal bunks, hut sleeping bags* mandatory)
  • 1 x hiking map Dachstein and daily routing (1 x per room)
  • 1 x bus ticket Gosau - Gosausee
  • 1 x ride with the cable car Gosaukammbahn
  • 1 x Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card from Ramsau onwards
  • 3 x luggage transfer - max. 2 pcs./person and max. 25 kg/piece of luggage
  • Daily service hotline from 9.00-19.00 o’clock (also on weekends)

We recommend “Der Weg des Buches (The way of the book)” (includes information about daily routes and stories about history, people and region) in order to get attuned for your journey: € 24,90 (German only, excl. shipment costs).

Routing:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Bad Goisern.

You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation

Overnight in Bad Goisern.

Day 2: Bad Goisern – Goiserer lodge ~ 6 km, 4 h, altitude difference á1083 m / â10 m

Ascent via Trocktannalm to the Goiserer lodge below the summit of Mount Kalmberg. Not far from the lodge lies the “Kalmoos church”, a cave in which Protestants attended services in secret in the past.

Overnight stay at Goiserer lodge.

Luggage transfer from Bad Goisern to Gosau where you spend the following night (overnight backpack and hut sleeping bag* for the night at the Hofpuergl lodge have to be carried by yourself!)

Day 3: Goiserer lodge – Gosau, ~6 km, 3 h, altitude difference á0 m / â840 m

Descent via Iglmoosalm to Gosau. In the evening we recommend to visit to the Protestant church, which is known for its good acoustics. Perhaps you are in time for one of the regular performances.

Day 4: Gosau – Zwieselalm – Hofpuergl lodge ~10 km, 5 h, altitude difference á850 m / â860 m

Take the bus or walk (approx. 7 km) to the starting point of this stage at the Gosausee Lake. Cable car up to the Zwieselalm, hike to the Hofpuergl lodge

Overnight stay at the Hofpuergl lodge

Luggage transfer from Gosau to Ramsau where you spend the following night (overnight backpack and hut sleeping bag* for the night at the Hofpuergl lodge have to be carried by yourself!)

Day 5: Hofpuergl lodge – Ramsau ~13 km, 6-7 h, altitude difference á1017 m / â1072 m

High altitude to the Dachstein Suedwand lodge, descent to the Tuerlwand, then hiking bus to Ramsau village.

Overnight stay in Ramsau under Mount Dachstein.

Day 6: Ramsau – Schladming ~ 7,5 km, 4 h, altitude difference á166 m / â587 m

Across the Ramsauer plateau you walk to the central town of the region - Schladming

Overnight stay at Schladming.

Day 7: Individual departure or extra nights. A transfer back to Bad Goisern can be booked on request

Rates per person for the arrangement in €:

 

01.07. – 09.10.2020

***hotel/inn in double room (communal bunks in the lodges)

475,--

Supplement half board

138,--

Supplement 4x single room (communal bunks in the lodges)

92,--

Additional night double room with breakfast

57,--

Additional night supplement for half board

18,--

Additional night supplement for single room

13,--

Supplement transfer Schladming – Bad Goisern up to 4 PAX

Every additional person € 26,--

187,--

Mountain guide

on request

Day of arrival

daily

Local tax is extra to pay on spot in each accommodation (from € 1,-- to € 3,-- per person/per night)

 

Notes on staying at an Alpine lodge:

  • * Hut sleeping bag:  blankets are available in the huts; necessary but mandatory is only a lightweight cotton/silk sleeping bag liner
  • Overnight stay in communal bunks or multi-bed rooms. The hosts will always try to accommodate travellers who are not used to communal bunks in their own rooms if at all possible.
  • Location of the accommodation are mainly close to the trails.
  • Dogs on request; not allowed in the sleeping areas. Attended stay in the winter room possible, partly dog kennels available, extra costs to be paid on spot.

 

Due to environmental reasons we recommend to arrive and depart by public transportation.

We recommend a travel insurance.
http://start.europaeische.at/hsp-en?AGN=10011283

The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.

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