A Day At The Allgäu

In September last year, we did a one day journey to the Allgäu, a region in Swabia, which belongs partly to Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg and borders to Austria in the south. It´s a 3-hours drive to the south-west from where I live and some 170 km south-west of Munich. This area is known for it´s beautiful landscapes, vacations and winter skiing and famous for it´s dairy products. You may have heard of the castle of Neuschwanstein, which is located in the eastern part of the Allgäu. We just been cruising around with our trusty Mercedes-Benz – 1988 and were visiting an area called Oberstaufen-Steibis. At the end of the road from Steibis on, we took the cable cars up to the top terminal at 1708 m. From there on it´s been a nice stroll to the top of Hochgrat Mountain at 1833 m. Some pretty nice views from there, overseeing southern Germany and the bordering parts of Austria. On our way back we came across a small mountain stream, which cascaded over and through boulders which almost  looked like concrete. Being between the crowds atop the mountain peak, this leisurely spot we had to ourselves. Driving back home on a sunday afternoon wasn´t the best idea (rushhour-some sort of), but my family and me have “discovered” a place of our home country we haven´t been before. (Maybe a cool place for nightphotography for the times to come;)  Enjoy! 

 

Going up and coming down…

 

Summit cross with Tibetan prayer flags…

 

A jackdaw amidst the prayer flags…

 

“Descent via Brunnenau to Hochgratbahn-Talstation” – “Have a good head for heights”

 

View from Hochgrat towards Rindalp-Horn…

 

Stay on the right track…

 

We are going back…

 

An alpine hut between fir trees…

 

Paragliding is a cool way of coming down – if you dare…

 

View to the south-east towards Austria…

 

A leisurely mountain stream cascading over big boulders…

 

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

(Saint Aurelius Augustine, 354-430)

 

 

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