Today I am going to break my summer promise and visit the gorge to catch the beautiful autumn mood.
The light is not optimal but the atmosphere is gigantic. The Schlechemklamm is suitable for a walk in any weather.
In conjunction with a visit to the ThyssenKrupp tower, the Irslingen castle ruins or the world of crystals in Dietingen, you can spend a beautiful day.
October 19, 2020
Today I'm traveling alone again. When the weather is really nice, I park my car near the Bergfischzucht hut. I am also planning my graduation here. In Grunzesried-Säge I cross the Gunzenrieder Ach and take the hiking trail to Wiesach. I take a short break at the chapel and enjoy the view. Then it goes towards Falken Alpe. From here the weather changes slowly. At the Ornach Alpe there is a lot of storms. Halfway there starts to rain. The idea to cancel the tour is slowly emerging. At the summit the storm is so strong that I can hardly stand on my feet. Then comes the via ferrata. Everything is wet, the stones are slippery. Slowly and deliberately I go down step by step. In dry weather, the via ferrata can be mastered without any problems with a little caution. Shortly afterwards it starts to snow. I break off the tour and at the next crossing I go back to the valley. The trail turns into a stream. In the valley the weather calms down. Clap clap wet I finish my shortened hike. I'm tired of the fish.
Conclusion: with "normal" weather a very nice balancing act.
October 6, 2020
Today I'm traveling alone. I park the car in the parking lot near the cemetery. The first surprise in front of the entrance to the gorge: the entrance fee is € 3.50. The gorge itself is very interesting but relatively short.
After leaving the gorge, on a bench behind the Alpe-Topfen, I take a break with an alpine panorama. The further ascent is technically not difficult but steep and with countless wooden steps.
The Alpe Obere Schwande seems to be deserted, so I go on. On the Hochwartspitze, the radio system of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation cannot be overlooked 🤣😂 Ok, I see it as necessary but not necessarily nice. For that, the view down to Oberstdorf and the whole alpine panorama compensates me.
From here there are only a few more steps to the Grünten with the hunting memorial. This is the highest point of today's hike. Now it's back to the valley. In the Grüntenhaus I treat myself to a cyclist. Due to the pandemic, management is restricted. After that it goes down relatively steeply. I decide to visit the castle ruins, but unfortunately the signs are not clear. Other hikers who are looking for the path will also find it. We make the right decision and find the castle ruins. This is the final highlight of the hike.
October 5, 2020
Through the Schludernser gate tower we enter the smallest town in South Tyrol. On the upper floors we visit a small museum and walk in the gallery of the city wall. On the way to the center we visit the Frauenkirche and stop briefly on the town square. The car traffic disturbs the sightseeing of the city. We stroll through the city and then we take a walk outside the city walls.
Conclusion: very nice little town with many small sights. The through traffic is very annoying.
October 4, 2020
The village of Schlunderns is manageable but the castle can be seen from afar. It is worth visiting the inhabited castle. Visits are only possible with a (very good, German-speaking) guide.
The members of the family live in the castle in summer and autumn. Otherwise in Innsbruck.
October 4, 2020
Today we have bigger plans: the Vermoi tip.
The St. Martin Bahn takes you to the mountain station. Short detour to St. Martin's Chapel.
Shortly afterwards it really gets down to business: with an incline of 50% in places, it goes to the top. Above: a wonderful 360 degree alpine panorama. The weather plays along. The snow to be assessed are clearly below 0 degrees at the top. I can't get enough of it. But time is of the essence. There are still about 3.0 hours downhill. The correct use of poles makes the descent a lot easier. From about 2,500m the snow gets muddy, which doesn't make the descent any easier.
After about 6.0 hours (the Komoot times are misleading) we are back at the mountain station.
Conclusion: difficult and exhausting route, but everything is forgotten at the finish when the weather is nice
October 3, 2020
On recommendation we want to hike along the Neuwaal and Forrawaal today.
The access to the "parking lot" is an adventurer in itself. Very narrow road with tight curves is relatively long; watch out for oncoming traffic!
At the junction we choose the Neuwaal. Very nice, flat hike to the intersection with Schlaudraunem Bach. Despite that, you should be free from giddiness. Right goes down pretty steeply. Are accompanied by the view of the Ziermiger and again and again by the roar of the deer.
After a break at the Schlaundernauen Bach we go straight to the Kortscher Alm. Here the young couple meet and order a "cheese board". It's so big that we're both really full. We buy brick cheese to take away and return.
On the way we go through the Schnauderser Alm. Today there are chilled drinks with self-service. On the wall there are boards with self-made sayings. At the Alm we take the path along the Forrawaal. Unfortunately the Waal is largely without water. With a path across the Alm you are back at the parking lot.
Conclusion: nice hike, a shame that the Forrawaal was without water. There are nicer waals, e.g. Ilzwaal
October 3, 2020
Today goes to Laas.
From Göflan we follow the "Reschen-Meran" cycle path, which runs along the Adige. Until we turn to the Soup Waal. On the way we illegally enjoy a few apples. Unfortunately the Waal has no water. This doesn't make the trail any less interesting. The view sweeps over the almost endless apple tree plantations that are already harvesting, over the entire Vinschgau and the mountain range on the other side of the valley.
At the entrance to the Laas we see a very interesting work of art: "Backbone". You should definitely read the description - it makes you think. The statue is made of the famous Lasa marble.
In the village we see the remains of a water aqueduct: "Kandlwaal". The irrigation system, typical for Vinschgau, ran over the Adige on high (approx. 57m), brick pillars. The wooden gutter burned down in 1907 and was not rebuilt.
We stroll through the streets, eat the apple strudel with ice cream and cream in a bistro, and we decide to go to the waterfall. From there we somehow want to go back to Schlanders. On the way to the waterfall we notice at a junction that the planned route to Schlanders via Tarnell is closed. We go to the waterfall anyway and return to Laas on a forest path. Before that, however, we make a detour to see the entrance to the quarrying site of the Lasser marble, the Weißwasserbruch, from below. On the way back we pass the St. Martin Chapel and cross the marble cable car several times. The blocks weighing tons are first transported from the Weißwasserbruch over the gorge by cable car, then loaded onto the narrow-gauge railway and driven to the mountain station. The giant marble blocks cut in the mountain are transported into the valley on the inclined railway. In the valley, at the end of what is known as the Bremsberg, a track leads to the plant that has been processed: Lasa Marmo. It's a shame that we can't see it "live". Among other things, the building at Ground Zero in New York was built from Lasser marble. Our hike ends at the Laas train station, where we take the train to Schlanders.
September 28, 2020
"To warm up" and to start our hiking days in Vinschgau, we have decided to hike to Schlandersberg Castle. We stroll briefly through Schlanders before we take the marked path. I am very impressed by the church and the forecourt of the church with many old and beautiful gravestones.
Memories of the 10th stage of crossing the Alps in 2015 come back - I stayed in Schlanders at the time.
The marked path leads us along the Ilswaal. Very, very beautiful route to the wooden bridge over Schlandraunbach gorge. From here it goes steeply uphill over many serpentines to Schlandersberg Castle. The route has not been maintained for a long time: many fallen trees often block the way.
Since the castle is now privately owned and has been converted into a residential tower, we can only admire it from the outside. I would like to have an apartment there too🤣
From there go downhill back to Schlanders. The section of the path is currently being worked on and is already very nicely laid out. On the way we enjoy the fantastic view of Schlanders and the mountains opposite. Last night it snowed over 2000m and mountain peaks are shining in the sun.
At the fishing pond we make a detour to the waterfall. Tip: it's worth it! It's so beautiful that the photos look almost kitschy.
Tired (also from the journey) but also satisfied, we end the first day with typical food in a bistro in the pedestrian zone of Schlanders.
Conclusion: the Ilswaal and the waterfall are highly recommended.
September 28, 2020