Walking in the tracks of the book smugglers - Route II in 7 Days

Hallstatt, Oberösterreich, Österreich

July 1st - October 9th, 2022

- On the pilgrimage trail “Way of the Book”
- Encounter with history: the Protestant Reformation

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.

  • 6 nights
  • 6 x Overnight stay with breakfast (4 x ***inns/hotels, 2 x lodges – double rooms or communal bunks, sleeping bags mandatory)
  • 1 x welcome video with explanations and information that you need for the tour
  • 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
  • A tree for your booking – we plant a tree for your booking
  • Daily service hotline from 8.00-18.00 o’clock (also on weekends)

  • Breakfast

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 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 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

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Rates per person and arrangement in €:

01.07. – 09.10.2022
***hotel/inn in double room (communal bunks in the lodges)   515,--
Supplement half board   150,--
Supplement 4x single room (communal bunks in the lodges)   109,--
Additional night double room with breakfast   58,--
Additional night supplement for half board   18,--
Additional night supplement for single room   13,--
Supplement transfer Schladming – Bad Goisern up to 4 PAX   187,--
Every additional person   26,--

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:

  • You must bring your own sleeping bag and pillow case - a hut sleeping bag does not provide sufficient warmth. Blankets and pillowcases are NOT available in the cabins due to Covid19;
  • Bring your own mouth/nose mask
  • On most huts, card payment is not possible. Take enough cash with you for food and drinks.
  • Due to their location, not all huts can offer running water, hot water or showers. In some cases there is also no flushing system in the toilets.
  • 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. In Austria there is a general linen and muzzle requirement!

The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.
We recommend travel cancellation insurance.
Due to environmental reasons we recommend to arrive and depart by public transportation.

  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples

We recommend a cancellation insurance.

The terms and conditions of Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH in the currently valid version apply.

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Walking in the tracks of the book smugglers - Route II in 7 Days
Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH
Götzstraße 12
4820 Bad Ischl

Phone+43 6132 24000-0

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