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Swansea Ramblers visit Austria
Day 4: The Three Lakes, Mittersee, Blindsee and Weißensee

08th July 2018

Leader: Guides arranged with holiday company




Day four in Austria.  The weather stayed dry and perfect for walking.  We caught the bus to Biberwier Village and walked forestry tracks to Mittersee.  This lake had an idyllic setting plus a mountain reflection in the water.  We continued throught the forest to the next lake, Blindsee.  Here some stayed to swim and have lunch while others decided to get the 200m climb over with and have refreshments at the Zugspitzblick hut with wonderful views over the lake and mountains.

When the others ascended from their swim, we crossed the very busy main road that carries traffic between Italy and Austria.  We ascended another 200m into the forest.  Picking wild strawberries on the way, we paused for a rest at the top then began the descent that eventually brought us to our third lake, Weißensee.  We continued the walk through pasture and forest to reach the bus stop for the Biberwier Marienberg chair lift (that we used yesterday).  We then caught the bus back to Ehrwald.

Swansea Ramblers offer a range of walks for most abilities from the long strenuous mountain walks for the experienced walker to the short, easy lowland walks where maybe you'd like to explore walking for the first time with a friendly group of people.  If you'd like to try a walk then do come along and find out what all this Swansea Walking in the great outdoors is all about.  It won't cost you anything to come along and see if walking is for you.  If you get the bug and want to walk or stroll regularly then you can also become a member.  Just ask us about the walks and social events we do when you join us for a Swansea Walk.






Photographs of the Walk



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The clear morning gave fine views of Sonnenspitze from the hotel


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Dry today as we left the hotel


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An Austrian Twrch


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Which kept watch on us as we headed for the bus stop


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An attractive place to wait for the bus


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Once in Biberwier, Cameron, our walk facilitator told us about the walk


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And everyone listened intently


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Cameron and Danni will be taking care of us today


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And off we set


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Not a friendly sign!


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But a pretty village


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Mountains in the distance


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Walking past the ponds


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Joining the Silberleithe


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A mountain stream


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A little toadlet emerging from the pond area


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Rolls easily off the tongue, doesn't it?!


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The first lake, Mittersee


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A private log cabin on the lake


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Mountain reflections


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The second lake, Blindsee


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Iron handrail to get around the path


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Because it is narrow!


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But beautiful here


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Time for a swim and a spot of lunch
but some of us decided to climnb the 200m ascent before lunch!



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And our reward was lunch at the Zugspitzblick Hut


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With its incredible views


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Then we had to cross the busy Austrian-Italian Highway!


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For even more views of the lake


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And another 200m climb


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Reached the top. Downhill all the way now


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Lots of Orchids around


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Had to watch for bikes


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Flowers bordered the third lake, Weißensee


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Weißensee


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Nearly at the end


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Cameron shares a joke with Zetta


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The Biberwier Marienberg chair lift passes those mountains


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More flowers


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Shrines could be seen along the route


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Back to the Marienberg Chair lift centre


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And the bus stop to get back


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Another hard but enjoyable walk




All photographs Copyright  Andrew Morgan 2018
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