It was a beautiful fine morning so we decided to go for a gentle walk round the Plettsaukopf Reservoir on the flanks of the Schmittenhohe. We caught the City Xpress gondola up to Mittelstation at 1411 metres. It was only a 10 minute ride but it seemed much longer.
We now had to get our bearings but we soon spotted the blue sign for Plettsaukopf Rundweg. As usual, the signposting in Austria was superb, giving both the route number and the expected time for the walk.
Our route headed slightly downhill towards the lake which is at 1301 metres above sea level. At one end of the lake is Schmidolin’s pond, a children’s activity area with water guns and other activities to keep them occupied while their parents relax on the wooden sun loungers.Today there were only a couple of people there and all was quiet and peaceful. We were content to just stroll round the lake enjoying the panoramic view.
Looking across the lake we could see Schmittenhohe and the ridge to Sonnkogel which I aim to do later in the week.
After our circuit of the lake we returned by the same route. I saw some beautiful blue damselflies and spent a happy quarter of an hour trying to get a decent photo.
Back at the cable car station we headed for Gasthof Mittelstation for a beer/coffee sitting in the sunshine.
The ride down was much more pleasant as we were facing the lake and could appreciate the view.
We were back down by lunchtime with a chance to relax by the pool.