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

Hallstatt, Oberösterreich , Österreich

July 1st - October 9th, 2020

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  • € 475,00 per person
  • bookable from 1 person


  • 6 nights
  • 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).

  • Breakfast
Travel period
  • 01.07.2020 until 08.10.2020

Day 1: Individual arrival in Hallstatt.
You will receive your travel documents at your accommodation

Overnight stay in Hallstatt.

Day 2: Hallstatt - Gosau ~ 13 km, 6 h, altitude difference 817 m / 902 m
Today, the smugglers’ path leads over the mount Salzberg - up to 1378 m altitude, further to the Dammwiese meadow with its very rare fauna and flora. Below the looming presence of Mount Plassen you continue to the Durchgangalm and further to the Rossalm - here you can stop for lunch (included in your package). The family Hubner is taking care of this mountain pasture and it is an inviting place to stay for a while and rest. Afterwards you hike 2 hours to Gosau Mittertal to your accommodation. 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.

Overnight stay in Gosau.

Day 3: Gosau – Zwieselalm – Hofpuergl lodge ~10 km, 5 h, altitude difference 850 m / 860 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 pack - hut sleeping bag!* - for the night in the Hofpuergl lodge has to be carried by yourself!)

Day 4: Hofpuergl lodge – Tuerlwand ~13 km, 6-7 h, altitude difference 1017 m / 1072 m
High altitude to the Dachstein Suedwand lodge, descent to the Tuerlwand.

Overnight stay in Ramsau under Mount Dachstein.

Luggage has already been taken to the hotel and waits for the hikers there.

Day 5: Dachstein glacier – Guttenberg lodge ~ 8 km, 4 h, altitude difference 220 m / 768 m
Ascent with the cable car “Dachstein Gletscherbahn” – alpine hike on route 674 to Guttenberg lodge (alternative route through the valley to Guttenberg lodge if weather conditions are not stable.)

Overnight stay at the Guttenberghaus lodge.

Luggage transfer from the Tuerlwand to Ramsau where you spend the following night (Overnight backpack - hut sleeping bag!* - for the night in the Guttenberg lodge has to be carried by yourself)

Day 6: Descent to Ramsau, ~6 km, 2-3 h, altitude difference ascent/descent: 92/1069 m
Overnight stay in Ramsau under Mount Dachstein.

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

possible date of arrival


further information

- 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.

Rates per person and 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   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:

  • * 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.

  • 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.


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

+43 6132 24000-0

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