Hiking in the Alps

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Sulden am Ortler: a hike to the Marlt Madonna

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August 15th 2019

From great heights magnificent views again!

Yesterday the weather had completely cleared up: a clear blue sky with hardly any cloud. Therefore I had from my hotel room a wonderful view on the Ortler and the wooded slopes to the west of Sulden, with on top the mountain station of the chairlift Langenstein. That mountain station was the starting point of my trip: from there Weg Nr. 23 leads to a Statue of Mary, named Marlt Madonna, which hangs on the rock wall of the Marltgrat, at 2.568 metres, with impressive views on the top of the Ortler! Continue reading

Sulden am Ortler: to the source of the Suldenbach stream

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August 13th 2019

The power of an inhospitable area

After I had made the tour around Sulden yesterday and had learnt a lot about the surroundings, I went today with the gondola to the mountain station, because I would like to hike from there as far as possible towards the source of the Suldenbach stream. It springs under the Suldenferner, one of the glaciers near the Königspitze that flow towards the valley. It was rather overcast with menacing clouds which hid the mountain tops at the beginning of the valley, the Eisseespitze, the Suldenspitze, the Kreilspitze and the Königspitze, from view. It looked slightly mystic! Continue reading

Sulden am Ortler: a first acquintance

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August 12th 2019

“King Ortler”, the village and the impressive nature

Yesterday I had my last breakfast at Hotel Margun in Mals; I have said a well-meant goodbye to Family Waldner and promised to come back a next time. Mrs. Waldner pointed out to me again, half jokingly: “Schön auf dem Weg bleiben, gell…!!” (Will you please stay on the indicated tracks!), referring to my trip across the Glurnser Köpfl. So I reassured her! Continue reading

Mals and surroundings: to Laatsch, Glurns and the Tartscher Bichl Rock

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August 10th 2019

Walking in the rain and in the sunshine…

Yesterday, August 9th, I woke up with only minor muscle pain after my wild hiking adventure on Stage 69 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina the day before: from Taufers i.M. over the Rifair Scharte and the Glurnser Köpfl back to Glurns and Mals. That morning I have just taken a picture of the Glurnser Köpfl in the morning sun…! Continue reading

Stilfs: Stage 69 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina – part 1

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August 9th 2019

Panoramic views from the Rifair Scharte and the Glurner Köpfl

Yesterday morning I have started to hike Stage 69 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina: from Taufers im Münstertal, just on the border between Switzerland and Italy, via the Rifaier Alm over the Rifair Scharte Pass to Stilfs in the valley of the Suldenbach stream and the Stilfserjoch Pass. This stage is the sequel of Stage 68 of the Red Trail: from S-charl to Taufers over the S-charljöchl and through the beautiful Val Avigna valley, which I have hiked about two years ago, on June 13th 2017 and which I have enjoyed so much! ! Continue reading

Laas: marble, the white gold from the mountains

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August 7th 2019

Orchards and blocks of white marble

Yesterday, Tuesday August 6th, I have made a short walk through Mals to Laatsch in the west and further on to Glurns. That was despite of the rain quite interesting – I will come back to it later.

Today the day started promising with the morning sun shining on the Ortler. That wouldn’t stay for long, unfortunately… Continue reading

The river Adige: from the source near Reschen to Bolzano

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August 5th 2019

… and also to the anti-tank barrier at the Plamort/Pian dei Morti

Yesterday morning I left Munich with the 7.34 hrs Eurocity-Express. In the beginning the landscape wasn’t very interesting, but near Innsbruck the mountains were already partly visible between the patches of clouds. From Innsbruck the journey continued to the Brenner Pass. From the train it became obvious that the Brenner Pass is a very important traffic artery: due to the Sunday’s driving ban for the international road traffic all parking lots were overflowing with lorries and trucks with trailer. Continue reading

Gorizia: walking in the city and hiking to the Monte Calvario

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May 3rd 2019

About old buildings and battlefields

Yesterday was my last morning in Trieste. Again it was sun-drenched. After another copious breakfast with the good espresso I walked to the railway station to buy a single fare ticket to Gorizia for the next part of my trip. At half past eleven the train left – it took me past all spots I had been or hiked in the past few days. Continue reading

Basovizza: a remembrance of the Second World War

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May 1st 2019

The First of May: from a festive day to a commemoration of a massacre

This morning the sun was shining brightly: a nice perspective for the celebration of May 1st – Labour’s Day, in Italy very much an official holyday! I had read somewhere that near the little village of Basovizza, approximately 10 kilometres to the northeast of Trieste, not only still exists an authentic border control post with the former Yugoslavia dating from the Cold War, but also a national memorial for the victims of the Second World War, who were thrown into so-called “Foibe“, the deep sinkholes in the Karst in this area. Continue reading

Sistiana and Duino: Stages B3 (end) and B4 (part 1) of the Yellow Trail

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April 30th 2019

Nature along the coast and a cave in the mountains

Yesterday, April 29th, I set off to finally complete the Stage B3 of the Yellow Trail: last year on May 14th 2018 I took the wrong direction somewhere between Prosecco and Sistiana and arrived at the railway station of Bivio d’Aurisana in the pouring rain. At the same railway station I started in good spirits for the end of the stage. Now I had the opportunity to have a look at the marble quarry of Cava Romana through the gate and over the fence… Continue reading

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