Hiking in the Alps

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Scuol: Stage 67 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina revisited – part 2

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August 17th 2019

The trip to S-charl is beautiful  – in summer and in winter!

When I left Sulden am Ortler last Thursday, August 15th by bus, the driver was somehow grumpy, apparently not very happy to have to work on the festive day “Assumption of Mary”: it seemed as if he didn’t understand German, so buying a ticket to Scuol in Switzerland proved to be too large a task for me as well for him. So I bought a ticket to Mal. At the change of bus in Spondinig into the direction of Mals the ticket turned out to be wrong, but also this driver only spoke Italian – my co-passengers were interpreting for me… But the sun was shining, so why having any problems! The trip by Postal car from Mals to Zernez went well – I have cast a look to the steep slope from Taufers i.M. to the Rifairalm that I had climbed a week ago…! 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

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

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

Seewis i.P.: a hike amid the poet’s daffodils

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June 9th 2019

Floral splendour in white and wonderful panoramic views

Yesterday I have left Constance for Küblis: at first the trip by train went along the Lake Constance and after that along the course of the river Rhine, which is only a very narrow stream here. Normally my journey passes via Zürich and then along the Walensee Lake to Sargans and Landquart. Now I travelled through the Rhine valley to SArgans and followed the familiar route to Landquart where I changed to the narrow gauge railway of the Rhätische Bahn. 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

St. Antönien: Stage 61 of the Red Trail

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September 23rd 2018

The difficult track is the most beautiful track…

This morning the weather seemed to have improved compared to yesterday: there hardly were any clouds around the mountaintops, so after a tasteful breakfast (again!), which of course include the Birchermüesli, I took the 9.18 hours Postal car to St. Antönien to start a stage of the Via Alpina in an area that was completely new to me: Stage 61 of the Red Trail. Continue reading

Walk on the Saaser Alp above Klosters to Saas i.P.

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September 22nd 2018

Through the fog and over the “Energie-Spürweg” (“Feel the energy trail”)

Early this morning I looked out of my window to check on the weather and then I saw an historical locomotive in the railway station: it was the “Krokodil” (the “crocodile”) dating from 1929, a locomotive with “cult status”! This is the showpiece of the Rhaetian Railways. Continue reading

A road trip to the Stilfserjoch Pass

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July 31st 2018

A stage of the Via Alpina, … by bus!

On this last day in the Vinschgau I woke up early. This day as well would be very hot in the valley, so I made a plan to go by bus to the Stilfserjoch Pass: at 2.700 m it should somehow be cooler! 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

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