Hiking in the Alps

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Eischoll: a walk through the village and along the Suonenweg

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October 2nd 2019

Autumnal colours and rainbows

The rain that had set in last night had stopped this morning, but the outside world looked however quite like autumn: the top of the Glishorn rising high above Brig had disappeared into the clouds and despite the small patches of blue the sky was just overcast… At Hotel Europe they had apparently had the idea that Autumn had really started, because in the breakfast room there was a nice autumnal arrangement on a table with many shades of orange. For today I had planned to go to Eischoll: a village on a mountain shoulder above the left bank of the Rhône downstream from Brig. It is some 20 minutes by train to Raron in the Rhône valley – and some 10 minutes with a tiny cable car to Eischoll. When last year I had been hiking several stages of the Via Alpina, I could see the village with its characteristic white church at the opposite side all the time. 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

Visperterminen: a small village with a great panorama

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September 20th 2018

A special vineyard and a beautiful mountain lake

On this last day of my stay in Valais I wanted to escape the forecasted high temperature in the Rhone Valley and decided to go to the small village Visperterminen in the side valley to the south of Visp. Because in Visp the Postal car to Visperterminen would leave only an hour later, I had time to stroll through the old city centre of Visp. 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

Mund: Stage 96 of the Red Trail – part 2

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September 16th 2018

Four “Suonen” and saffron sponge cake

This morning I started from Brig to Blatten again with the 8.18 hrs. Postal car to continue once more on the Via Alpina with Stage 96 of the Red Trail, the second part actually, from Belalp to Mund. Continue reading

The walled city of Glurns and the centuries-old watercourse, the “Bergwaal”

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July 30th 2018

A walk through town and countryside in the Vinschgau

After again an elaborate breakfast with a. o. aniseed bread, this time with apricot jam, and apple cake, I started out at half past nine. Although I initially had planned to go by Postal car to Taufers in the Val Müstair Valley for Stage 69 of the Red Trail of the Via Alpina, I changed my mind: very high temperatures were forecasted and I didn’t like the idea to go for a hike of over 6½ hours with ascents of 1.000 metres of difference in altitude. But I still liked to hike anyway! Continue reading

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