St. Martin Bei Lofer
This tiny, quaint village, about 2km (1 1/2 miles) south of Lofer, is visited for its pilgrimage church, a large baroque edifice called Maria Kirchenthal. The building was designed by the renowned baroque master J. B. Fischer von Erlach. The church's museum displays votive pictures from the 17th to the 19th centuries. About 1.5km (1 mile) west of the village, the church is reached by a toll road open only in summer, or by an hour's walk from Lofer.
Vorderkaser Gorge (tel. 06588/8527, the tourist office in St. Martin bei Lofer) can be visited from St. Martin. A 2.5km (1 1/2-mile) road connects the gorge with the Mittelpinzgau road near the Vorderkaser bus stop. It's open to the public from the second weekend in May to October 20 daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is 2.50€ ($4) for adults and 1.20€ ($1.90) for children.
A restaurant at Prommer Rudolf, open daily in summer from 9am to 8pm (but closed in winter), provides a good place to eat and drink.
Getting There -- Getting to St. Martin is similar to getting to Lofer. The buses that originate in Saalfelden and Salzburg also stop in St. Martin. If you take a bus in St. Johann, however, you'll have to transfer to another bus in Lofer or call a taxi for the short continuation to St. Martin. If you're driving, continue south of Lofer along Route 311.