Blog: Mittelberg, Austria

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This year I am spending the holiday season alone, for the first time in my life. Although I could have had other options, I didn’t feel like making an effort to simply not be alone. In fact, when everyone else is celebrating and catching up with family and friends, it isn’t a bad idea at all to take it as an opportunity to reflect and just relax.

Alongside I have come up with four rules for this two-week vacation. The first one slightly changes the way I eat; the second one limits my usage of online social networks (for me it mainly means instagram, and by ‘limit’ I mean none at all); the third tells me to go to bed before midnight, as I usually do, but you know how easy it is to let good habits slip away in a vacation; the last rule makes sure I keep on running.

So far it has been going well, and before I realized, it was already the end of the year. It didn’t take me long to decide that I would spend the first day of 2016 in the Alps – one of my favorite places on this planet, and perfect for a day-trip alone. What is even better? Despite the warm weather this winter, it finally started snowing again in the Alps the day before my trip.

Below are some pictures I took during the trip. In German they say ‘Guten Rutsch’ to wish someone a happy new year, the word ‘Rutsch’ literally means ‘slide’. For all I know I had too many of those yesterday! The paths going from Mittelberg into the mountains were terribly slippery in the morning, especially those along the river. At first there was a couple walking some distance ahead of me, I had to chuckle a bit when I saw how they walked. By the time I hit the icy part, it was no longer funny 😛 There was one place where it was impossible to bring my feet together, and thanks to the good timing, I saw a man coming from behind with a sprayer of tiny pieces of stones. So I grabbed onto a tree to let him walk in front of me.

Thanks for reading. Wish you a happy new year!

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After walking for half an hour along a path extending into the Wildental region, I decided to take a detour and not follow the original route, which was a little to easy and had too little snow 😉

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As I continued, there was more and more snow, from the previous night I suppose. Notice the blueish shade of the clouds? They looked magical (I know, it’s the scattering).

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Beyond this point, it’s a different world! –> I felt like saying this. Trees were still covered in frost. It does look like an entrance to another place, though… There’s quite a clear boundary.

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So I continued… passing rivers and icy paths, and here, it looks like another world (again).

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More snow and more blue clouds.

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Apparently I was merely two hours away from the summit I reached last time, that was from the German side of the Alps.

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Tiny bits of colors other than blue, grey or white.

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Fresh powdered snow formed a perfect anti-slippery surface.

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I ate my lunch facing this side of the mountain.

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I wanted to take the cable car to the top of Walmendingerhorn. To do that, I first had to get out of the Wildental area, cross the river to the other side of Mittelberg, and get to the town center. There was a cute horse along the way 🙂

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A view of Mittelberg. About 30 minutes later, I was at the town center, where the church tower is.

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After perhaps another 30 minutes, I was on the top of Walmendingerhorn (1990m). It was already cloudy again at ground level, so I was very happy when the cable car passed through the thick layer of clouds. That is Widderstein (2533m) in the back.

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More views.

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It was terribly icy and slippery going up a small hill… (and going down was a nightmare, eventually I squatted down and let myself slip instead of trying to walk :-\)

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Sea of clouds.

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Some more pictures from my phone. 🙂

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One thought on “Blog: Mittelberg, Austria”

  1. Yan Chou says:

    What a beautiful trip! Great experience and breathtaking pictures! It is the best way to spend the New Year day! The pictures are at National Geographic photography level! I love them all. By the way I want to go there too!
    Narrative is witty, humorous. It leads the reader step by step in this entire trip, your pictures give them same excitements of discovering the wonders of the Alps. Well done!


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