WALLERALMThe Walleralm is an alpine pasture at 1170 m above sea level at the foot of the Zettenkaiserkopf, a pre-summit of the Zettenkaiser. You can get there quickly and easily by mountain bike. From Scheffau it is best to drive via "Obholz" to the Hintersteiner See, then on to the Walleralm. Komoot shows you the route! Partly paved. 🚴♂️
The Walleralm (and of course the Hintersteiner See) can also be reached via the newly built, beautiful "Eiberg Cycle Path". Do not miss the junction to the Hintersteiner See. Pay attention to the signpost. Highly recommended !!The Alm offers a panoramic view from the Kitzbüheler Horn over the Hohe Salve to the Inntal, in the background the glaciers of the Hohe Tauern can be seen.If you take the "Eiberg Radweg" to the Walleralm, the descent via "Obholz" completes the tour. 😀😀
August 10, 2021
WINKLMOOS ALMThe high plateau is located at an altitude of about 1170 m between the Dürrnbachhorn (1778 m) and the Steinplatte (1870 m). Together with the Austrian ski area on the Waidringer Steinplatte, it is a popular hiking area and ski center.
There are only a few houses in the Winklmoos-Alm area: Alpine huts and restaurants.
The ascent with your own car from Seegatterl to the Winklmoos-Alm via a steep, toll-road mountain road, built in 1958, is only possible in summer (free for MBKs)
At the upper end of the "Seegatterl" parking lot, a steep, wide and unpaved path begins, which also leads up to the Winklmoos Alm. Advantage: no car traffic.PARISH CHURCH ErpfendorfEfforts to build a church in Erpfendorf, which had been going on since 1914, were successful after World War II: According to plans by Prof. Clemens Holzmeister, the church consecrated to St. Barbara was built from 1954 to 1957.The single-nave building with the low roof and the choir tower blends in harmoniously with the landscape.
June 18, 2021
LAKE NEUSIEDLLike Lake Balaton, Lake Neusiedl is one of the few steppe lakes in Europe and the largest lake in Central Europe with no outflow. It is largely located on Austrian territory and, in terms of area, slightly on Hungarian territory. Its Austrian share makes it the largest Austrian lake in terms of area.
The lake is characterized by its reed belt, its shallow depth (hardly deeper than 1 to 1.5 m) and its mild but windy climate. Its unique fauna and flora are protected by the establishment of the two national parks "Neusiedler See / Seewinkel" and "Fertő-Hanság". Most of the lake is owned by the Esterházy family (!!).The reed belt that almost completely surrounds the lake forms the habitat of the region's unique fauna and is the largest contiguous reed area in Europe after the Danube Delta.
The shallow lake is mainly fed by precipitation and drained by evaporation. As a result, the water level is subject to the weather conditions and naturally fluctuates strongly. The water level is on average around 115.45 m above sea level, the maximum depth is just under 2 meters. Over the course of a year, the water level fluctuates up to 80 centimeters. The lowest water levels are measured in August. Over the past centuries the lake has dried up completely a few times. Before the "land" could be divided up, the water table rose again.MORBISHThe Mörbisch Seefestspiele are well known. Every year in July and August, operettas by Austrian composers are played on a stage set up in Lake Neusiedl.SEEWINKELThe Seewinkel is the flat landscape south of Podersdorf and east of Lake Neusiedl. It borders Hungary to the east and south.
With its swamps and around 40 lakes, it is the westernmost salt steppe in Europe. The Seewinkel is the lowest-lying landscape (average altitude 117 m) and one of the areas with the lowest rainfall (annual average below 600 mm) in Austria. It is located in the Pannonian climatic region and, thanks to the numerous "varnishes", has a diverse plant and animal life that is unique in Austria. Characteristic are the salt flora and the numerous bird species (over 250): including great egrets, spoonbills, white storks, marsh harriers, white-tailed eagles, great bustards, various rare waders and reed-singing birds, gray goose. The Illmitzer ZICKSEE is considered THE bird paradise par excellence. Dawn and dusk are the best time to observe the immensely impressive bird life. Don't forget binoculars and super telephoto lenses !!!Most paints turn into salt swamps or desert-like areas with a salt crust in summer. In the past, the grass steppes of the Seewinkel made it possible to raise cattle, especially cattle and horses. Today the lacquer areas and former willow areas are mainly used for VINEYARD and tourism.In 1993, the Seewinkel and the nature reserves of Lake Neusiedl (including the Hungarian part) were declared the cross-border "National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel".RUST
Tip: Take your time and enjoy the "old town ambience" in one of the numerous guest gardens with a tasty fish dish and a glass of rusty wine ..... 🤪The entire picturesque old town area of Rust is now a listed building. The numerous town houses from the 16th to 19th centuries have neat Renaissance and Baroque facades with beautiful window and portal frames, bay windows, coats of arms and stucco decorations. Characteristic arched portals and entrance vaults lead into the idyllic inner courtyards or to the even older courtyard wings with covered staircases and arcades, some with remnants of the city wall. Blue and white boards mark the individual objects.In addition to Salzburg and Krems, Rust is also one of the three model cities in Austria that were honored in 1975, the year of European architectural heritage, because there is no revitalized, but a vital old town here. In 2001 the old town of Rust was added to the list of UNESCO WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES together with the Neusiedler See region.
Rust has already been named the most beautiful city in Burgenland several times for its monument preservation and cultural efforts. The houses still have their original function as residential and business premises for the citizens.
June 5, 2021
From Kitzbühel the cycle path leads past the Schwarzsee to Kirchberg. We drive through the place and do in the restaurant
A short rest at the picturesque Erlensee (excellent fish specialties).
Shortly before Westendorf we turn right, cross "Brixentaler Straße" and follow the partially unpaved path until we get back to Brixentaler Straße. Please cross. There follows a short pushing distance (downhill). Finally we reach the market town of Hopfgarten.The Roman Catholic parish church of Hopfgarten is consecrated to Saints Jaobus and Leonhard and belongs to the dean's office of Brixen im Thale in the archdiocese of Salzburg. The building is a listed building. It is one of the largest baroque buildings in the Tyrolean lowlands. The church is also called "Brixental Cathedral".A beautiful, mostly asphalted high path leads us up to "Itter" to the castle of the same name.The time when the castle was built is unknown. It was a border fortress of the Regensburg monastery to monitor the entrance of the Brixental against the diocese of Salzburg and could have been built after 900. Itter was sold to Salzburg in 1380.
In the 14th century, the court and care center Itter resided at the castle, the castle and village were established as a truce, which meant that the population not only supplied the administrative center with firewood and food, but also built roads and provided military contingents. In 1526 the castle was destroyed by farmers from Pinzgau in the peasant uprisings, but was rebuilt in 1532.
When the court was moved to Hopfgarten in the 17th century, the seat, like so many castles, was left to decay.
In 1806, during the occupation of the "Napoleonic Wars", the Bavarian government left the ruins to the Itter municipality for a symbolic construction penny of 15 guilders. This allowed the local farmers to use it as a quarry and to help themselves with the building materials.
In 1878 Paul Spieß, an entrepreneur from Munich, bought the area. He had today's castle built on the foundation walls. In 1902 a new owner, Eugen Meyer, had the building rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style with echoes of the Tudor style.From 1943 to 1945 there was a satellite camp of the Dachau concentration camp in Itter, among other things for prominent prisoners.After the war, a luxury hotel with a helicopter landing pad was set up (Schlosshotel Itter owned by Ittag-Hotel AG, Vaduz). Unfortunately, it was not an economic success. The property has been privately owned and residential since 1980.
Today the building ensemble is a listed building. The remains of two mountain tombs and the connecting wing have been preserved from the old castle.Via "Scheffau", "Ellmau" and "Going" we get to the "Stanglwirt". Coffee and cake are almost a must here. Then we went home via Oberndorf and the Römerweg.
May 11, 2021
The Pillersee is located in the PILLERSEETAL of the same name near the municipality of Sankt Ulrich am Pillersee at 835 m above sea level. Tributaries are several streams that arise in the adjacent Loferer Steinberge and the Kitzbühel Alps. The main inflow of the lake is through the Grieselbach. As Haselbach, the drain passes the Öfenschlucht and then flows into the Saalach in Lofer.
The depth of the lake is 7 m at its deepest point.
The Pillersee owes its formation to a landslide about 15,000 years ago, which interrupted the drainage at the level of the Öfenschlucht and thus dammed the Pillersee.
Like many mountain lakes in the northern Limestone Alps, the Pillersee tends to silt up due to the regular entry of floating debris. The lake is currently 1.6 km long and about 300 m wide, and the church "Adolari" with the inn of the same name is located near its northern end.
April 29, 2021
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