Hiking in the Alps

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Blatten/Belalp: Stage 96 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina – part 1

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September 30th 2019

Through the Aletsch forest and over the dam of the Gibidum Reservoir

This morning I took the 10.48 hrs train from Brig to Mörel, and got off two stops and 17 minutes later. The railway station in between is called Bitsch – it is funny to hear in what way this is announced in the train in English: it really sounds like “bitch” instead of “beach“! In Mörel it was only a three minutes’ walk to the valley station of the gondola, which eventually ends in Riederalp. The first part of the track goes to the village Ried-Mörel on the mountain shoulder. The gondola moves on very slowly, so people heading for Ried-Mörel can get off without a problem. Passengers for Riederalp have to remain seated: the gondola continues on another cable to the end station Riederalp. Continue reading

Salzburg: a city of Baroque, music and nature

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April 25th 2019

A lot of Mozart and beautiful panoramas, but also a chamois!

Yesterday, Wednesday April 24th, I arrived around half past two after a rather uneventful journey in Munich. There I had to look for my connecting train to Salzburg: due to some delay I was really running late and, because of ongoing construction works to the platforms of the main station, I had to squeeze through the crowds, carrying my (still quite heavy…) rucksack in a totally foreign railway station. Slightly out of breath I plumbed down in the slow train to Salzburg, leaving five minutes to three. Continue reading

Gampel/Steg: Stage 97 of the Red Trail – part 2

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September 19th 2018

Pioneers of watercourses and railways

Today I continued from the point of Stage 97 of the Red Trail, where I stopped the day before yesterday: in Ausserberg. I took the 08.36 hrs. train from Brig, the track of the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon line. We were even slightly delayed on departure – there were engineering works on this part of the line. Continue reading

Ausserberg: Stage 97 of the Red Trail – part 1

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September 17th 2018

Hiking along the water canals

Today’s weather could not be more different from yesterday’s weather: the sun was shining already early in the morning in a cloudless sky and it promised to be a beautiful and warm day. After a hearty breakfast – I like the breakfast cereals with spelt the most! – I took the 08.18 hrs. Postal car that would take me again to Mund. Continue reading

A walk around Vnà in the Engadin

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July 22nd 2018

Rhaetoromanic in practise

Yesterday afternoon I arrived in Scuol after a overnight stay in Frankfurt am Main. In my luggage also were my schoolbooks for the course rumantsch which starts tomorrow, Monday July 23rd. But first still a day of leisure: and time for a walk that will help me to adapt to the weight of the 1½ kilometre extra air on my shoulders. So I went by Postal car to Ramosch and from there by minibus to Vnà. Continue reading

Hotel Weisshorn: an oasis of silence and space

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July 1st 2018

A weekend high up in the mountains

Saturday morning I left Leukerbad after the usual copious breakfast with Birchermüesli, freshly baked bread and a. o. black cherry jam and after a nice chat with the lady who owns Hotel Dala. My next destination was Hotel Weisshorn, above St. Luc in the Val d’Anniviers Valley. Continue reading

Cormons: Stage B5 of the Yellow Trail – part 1

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May 17th 2018

From Gorizia to Cormòns: through the winegrowing area of the Collio

After the heavy thunderstorms of last night and the extensive rain in the early morning I left around 11 o’clock for my hike through the Collio, the Gorizia Hills, the winegrowing area to the (north-)west of Gorizia. Therefore I first went to the west to cross the river Isonzo (in Slovenian Soča). Here the river is wide with artificial rapids; I crossed it over a long footbridge. Continue reading

Bagnoli della Rosandra: Stage B2 of the Yellow Trail

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May 12th 2018

The Karst: over rocks and though forests

Today Stage B2 led from Bagnoli della Rosandra, where yesterday I ended my hike, to Opicina, a small town on the mountain ridge to the west of Trieste, over a distance of approximately 13 kilometres. The weather was nice for walking and 09.40 hrs I got on the Line 40 bus that took me along the scenic route, well-known by now, to Bagnoli in the Val Rosandra Valley (it was a Saturday and the bus did not pass through the industrial areas). Continue reading

Muggia: Stage B1 of the Yellow Trail

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May 11th 2018

A Stage with far more plus points than minus points!

The day before yesterday I set off with a lot of anticipation to finally start the first stage of the Via Alpina. That was because of several reasons not very successful: I stranded somewhere on a desolate industrial area with moreover the threat of a thunderstorm. Today I started with regained energy to find my way back from that desolate industrial area towards nature and fresh air. That proved to be more difficult than I thought: which bus stop at which industrial area was the right one… Continue reading

A stroll through Trieste

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May 10th 2018

Yesterday and today…

Yesterday I put my first serious steps on the Via Alpina, Stage 1 of the Yellow Trail. To my disappointment I was not quite happy with this trip: there were some pretty parts, but I have also been wandering around on roads under construction and on industrial areas. I have still some thinking to do on these negative impressions – on Friday I will continue, where I stopped yesterday: at one of the industrial areas between Trieste and Muggia… Continue reading

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