There is a legend of the treasure around the remains of Katzenburg castle
The legend tells us that the former lord of the castle amassed a treasure of gold, silver and valuable jewelry - nobody knows if through smart business or gainful raids. One day, the lord went to war, and was afraid to leave his treasures behind unguarded.
To protect the treasure from thieves and robbers he burried it below the vaults of the castle and also kept the key in a secret spot. Many years went by, but the lord never returned to his castle: he lost his life in battle in a country far away. However, the knowledge and mystery about the treasure has not been forgotten.
In dark nights when heavy clouds cover the Dachstein massif and rough storms go down on Schladming and Ramsau, and even the wild animals retreat to the woods for safety, some people say they have seen a mysterious creature among the ruins of Katzenburg castle: a tall, black dog with a golden crown, wandering through the remains of the castle, and having a peculiar key between his jaws.
It is said, that only in a time of great need a youngling with clean heart will be able to snatch the key from the fierce dog, and be able to lift the treasure for common welfare.
Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.
GPS data and orienteering
Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.
In an emergency please call:
- 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
- 112 - European GSM emergency number
Tips, hints and links
General tourism information: www.schladming.com
Info about buses: www.rvb.at
Katzenburg tour is a tour with checkpoints of the IVV.
360° drone images
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- View over Untere Klaus: https://vonoben.schladming-dachstein.at/sommer/index.php?S=219