Hiking in Austria Day 4: Unken to St. Martin

Day 4 of 6.  Leaving our luggage again, we re-traced Day three as far as the Innersbachklamm, but continued through Reith and quickly through Au.  Along the way we had great views of the Steinberge mountains.  The morning was relatively cloudless, but the forecast called for heavy rains starting around 1700, so we decided to clip about two hours from the planned route.  But back to the trail…  We stumbled on a few hunting shelters (Jägersitze) in the dense woods, which when discovering them unoccupied, has a creepy feeling, like finding the “others” camp on LOST.

Loferer Steinberge

Next, we went through the Maybergklamm (we were taking the Route der Klammen, “Route of the Gorges,” after all) and up to the Auer Wiesen pastures.  With panoramic views overlooking Au, we continued in the open slowly making our way back to Lofer.  As we approached the Knappenstadl restaurant, we passed a small chapel dedicated to St. Hubertus.  I took the photo at the well-trampled photo spot, where it should be obvious from the photo that St. Hubertus is the patron saint of hunters, which probably explains the many Jägersitze!

St. Hubertus Chapel

From there, we hugged the base of the Kienberg and popped back out in Lofer in the campground behind Castle Grubhof.  There is a cultural difference about camping in Germany / Austria than in the U.S. that I can’t quite explain; it’s somehow more accepted but still has a certain stigma to it.  In fact, a few years ago while I was traveling in Stuttgart, I saw a German comedy sitcom called, “Die Camper,” which captured the social drama of living in a RV-park.  Anyway, the Grubhof campers were very content sitting on their lawn chairs in the shade of their pull out patios.  From the campsite, we crossed the highway and arrived at our hotel in St. Martin, the Gasthof zur Post.  Interesting typography fact: a roman cursive medial character, ſ, looks like a ‘f’ but is pronounced like an ‘s,’ i.e. the “long s.”  A short trip around the church in St. Martin confirmed that the Gafthof zur Poft was indeed our hotel 🙂

Day 4 Map from Unken to St. Martin through gorges and pastures

Metrics:

  • Date completed: 20.6.12
  • Distance: 15.3km
  • Start Time: 0945
  • Start Elevation: 536m
  • Highest Elevation: 861m @ 1236
  • End Time: 1451
Day 4 Elevation Plot
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