This is Day 1 of 6 hiking days in and around Lofer, Austria. But first, some comments on Day 0, or the travel day to Lofer. My flight was routed through NYC (JFK) to London Heathrow and then to Munich, Germany on British Airways. Arriving late in Heathrow in Terminal 5 I had a funny experience with the BA staff, mainly I participated in a group run through the terminal. There was a very nice staff member who met the lot of us going to Munich at the exit of our plane where we were instructed to run to the lift. In the lift, she told us that despite how fast we run, we may not make it and that we
shouldn’t be upset at her. When the lift opened, a group of 20 tired travelers dashed through the terminal to the next waiting point 🙂 We didn’t make it to the gate on time, but it was no problem rebooking the flight and overall, it was a fun game in the terminal. Oh, and we received a full bottle of Champagne from the BA steward (separate story), but we couldn’t take it with us since we had to go back through security again in Heathrow, uggg!
Once in Munich, I bought a Deutsche Bahn ticket in the Munich airport all the way to Salzburg. For two people, it was only around 27 Euro or so since we used the local regional train, which only arrived 30 minutes later than the nearly twice as expensive trains. The automated ticketing machines are so easy it really makes traveling by train in Germany a breeze! So, S-Bahn to München-Ost and then the RE to Salzburg. From Salzburg, the 260 Bus for 1.5 hours to Lofer, Austria.
After much-needed rest at the Salzburger Hof, we started Day 1! A hike up the Salzburger Steig to almost 1100m (see elevation graph) and then down to the beautiful Maria Kirchental. There was a service ending as we arrived so the Pilgrim’s church and surrounding shops were bustling with
churchgoers. Cutting between Lofer and St. Martin and then walking north along the Salaach River, I learned an important lesson about hiking maps. The lesson is: a dotted black trail on the map basically means you pave your own path. After 45 minutes of forging my own path through a black forest, I realized it’s better just to follow the more established “red” paths…
Anyway, back on the road and following the Salaach upstream back into Lofer, we finished Day 1!
- Date completed: 17.6.12
- Distance: 18.6km
- Start Time: 0929
- Start Elevation: 644m
- Highest Elevation: 1070m @ 1115
- End Time: 1614