July 1st - October 9th, 2023

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 x Overnight stay with breakfast (4 x ***inns/hotels, 2 x lodges – double rooms or communal bunks, hut sleeping bag 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)


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 Goiserer 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. – 09.10.2023

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


Supplement half board


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


Additional night double room with breakfast


Additional night supplement for half board


Additional night supplement for single room


Supplement transfer Schladming – Bad Goisern up to 4 PAX

Every additional person € 28,--


Mountain guide

on request

Day of arrival


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
  • The Covid-19 protective measures valid at the time must be observed.
  • On most huts, card payment is not possible. Take enough cash with you for food and
  • 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!
  • 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.

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

Prices are subject to change.


Our recommendations:

Get a travel cancellation insurance.

Become a sponsor of Austrian mountain rescue and enjoy the comprehensive rescue protection: www.bergrettung-ooe.at/en/foerderer-werden

Plan sustainable and travel by public transportation (train/bus).

We recommend a travel insurance.
Hotel Cancellation Plus: https://www.europaeische.at/pip/en/hospl
Hotel Cancellation Premium: https://www.europaeische.at/pip/en/hospr

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

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