At last we had some sunshine and bright blue sky so we caught the 10.00 Karwendel Cable Car to the top of the Zwolferkopf at 1500m. At the top we paused to watch the Para gliders take advantage of the thermals to launch themselves into the air.
We then set off along route 4, the Rundwanderweg, a circular panoramic walk.
It was a wide shale path and led us gently down to the Barnabad Almhouse. Along the way we saw a fox, rabbit and three brown bears, but they were only models. I’ve no idea why they were there.
As always I was keeping my eyes open for wild flowers and I found some more species of Gentian.
The path then descended to a crossroads where there was the option to carry on down to Pertisau following route 7 and the Rodelhutte.
There were more wild flowers, a beautiful white flower that I think is Grass of Parnassus.
We carried on along route 4 which began to ascend on a narrow path through the woods. There were lots of tree roots which were wet and slippery, we had to be careful. I did manage to look up to see some Willow leaved Gentian, Gentiana asclepiadea. It is highly protected and was once thought to be able to ward off spells and witches.
Just when we felt we had done enough walking we came out of the trees and there ahead of us was the Almhouse at Alpengastrof (1480m) We went in for a coffee or a beer for me and to relax on the balcony and enjoy the view looking down on lake Achensee.
The walk had taken us two hours at a very leisurely pace. It was nice to be up high in such magnificent scenery.