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Itineraries and means of transportation


No larger routes were tangent to the Walser villages. There are records of taverns on the Zeinisjoch and in Galtür. The modest taverns also accommodated horses. After installing the post some Walser municipalities received post offices which were regularly approached by horse carriages transporting people and luggage.

Means of transportation for people and movement of goods

The choice for means of transportation depended on the routes’ conditions and the type of goods to be transported. Various gears for carrying as well as single and double-tracked carts that were pulled by either humans or draught animals were used. Carriers and waggoners transported goods against payment. The carriers either used mules or carried the commodities themselves if the paths demanded it. For the transportation of people so called “Stellwagen” for 6-8 persons were used. These were rather simple carriages that could be ordered, somewhat like today’s taxis. A more comfortable way of travelling were the carriages from the company Landauer that held 2-3 persons. Sledges and carriages were both pulled by horses.

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