Our plan for today was to stroll through the Blinklingmoos Nature Reserve on the western shore of Wolfgangsee. We caught the ferry from St Wolfgang to cross the lake to Gschwendt Parkplatx to begin out 4.5 km walk.
After skirting round some reed beds we picked up the Seerundweg Natur + Kultur cycleway and footpath that we would follow to Strobl.
Along the way there were several notice boards which gave us information about points of interest.
With our Heavenly Father.
Close to the lakeside path just to the west of the Pilzner farmstead is a group of alder trees. A picture attached to the trunk of one of the trees portrays Jesus as the man of Sorrows. He is wearing a crown of thorns and, as an indication of his kingship, he is carrying a sceptre in his shackled hands. The picture is mounted in a rectangular wooden frame and had a small roof. Wedding flowers are wound round the picture. It is a place of refuge where one can pray and rest.
We continued along the broad track taking care to avoid the cyclists who sped past until we came to the Pilznerbauer Farm Chapel. The Pilzner farm estate dates back to the 14th century and once belonged to St Peter’s monastery in Salzburg. It has been run by the Linortner family since 1603. The chapel was built in 1852 to commemorate a pilgrimage made by the five Pilzner sons to Mariazell and a picture inside the chapel is dedicated to this event.
There is also a picture of Mary in the Apse. She is holding a sceptre in her hand and is wearing a delicate crown. Baby Jesus is sitting on her lap holding the world in his hand.
We continued along the track stopping to look at some of the wild flowers.
The cycle track and footpath divided and we followed the narrower footpath which took us down to the shore of the lake. We were fascinated with some wooden structures that from a distance looked like giant fish. They were actually sun loungers.
Our path led us through different types of Meadow, ranging from the nutrient poor hay meadows to the wet meadows enriched with nutrients.
The Cabbage Thistle plant can utilise the nutrient rich soil.
We now left the lakeside and entered an avenue of silver birch trees.
I was intrigued by the patterns of the bark. They reminded me of some artwork that I bought in China.
Soon we were in Strobl and waited for the next ferry.
Time to put our feet up and relax.