On the trail of the craft tradition
E-bike riding in the Salzkammergut
With a bit of early morning mist still looming, our e-bike tour for today begins in the emperor town of Bad Ischl. Bad Ischl was the summer domicile of Emperor Franz-Josef and his wife Sissi as well as many famous composers, such as Johann Strauß, Franz Lehàr and Johannes Brahms. At the end of the town, we make a detour to the “Emperor’s hunt statue” from 1910. Immediately thereafter we come across the Villa Blumenthal, the world’s first prefabricated house. Oscar Blumenthal, better known as “Bloody Oscar”, acquired this building at the global exhibition in Chicago and had it rebuilt in in Bad Ischl. In this villa, Blumenthal also produced his most famous work, Im Weißen Rössl (The White Horse Inn). The locality of Lauffen used to be a popular pilgrimage site. Today’s church still serves as a reminder of this era. The cycle path runs largely along the historic brine path, the oldest wood pipeline between Hallstatt and Ebensee. In Bad Goisern, our first stop is the workshop of master shoemaker Sebastian Leitner, world-famous for the “Goiserer shoe”. It is one of the last remaining cobbler’s shops in its 5th generation.
Our next stop is the Hand.werk.haus. There we learn a bit about the various craft traditions, such as hat maker, dirndl and lederhosen workshop, goldsmith, carpentry, joinery, turner, etc. In time for the legendary view of the Hallstättersee, the fog lifts and lets the sun shine. The Hallstättersee justifiably received its nickname “Fjord of the Salzkammergut”, as it nestles perfectly into the surrounding alpine landscape.
The next part of the cycle path as far as Obertraun is one of the most idyllic we have had the opportunity to cycle along this year. It is located right by the bank and in part over adventurous hanging bridges. In Obertraun, we change “vehicle” and go onto the ship. We cross over to the other side of the lake to the UNESCO world heritage site Hallstatt. It is fascinating how the entire village was built on the mountainside. On a walk, we discover many nice spots that invite you to linger. Unfortunately, however, we must hurry so that we can still catch the ascent with the salt mine railway, up to the oldest salt mine in the world on time. Equipped like the mine workers, we set off 350m into the tunnel system and on a journey through the various eras. Slides take us from horizon to horizon.
We see this action-packed day out with coffee and cake in the valley.