Today the weather forecast said sunshine until about noon and then thunderstorms.. So we think going the Tegelbergsteig and Fingersteig via ferratas is a good option, because you can do them in only half a day. We arrive at the car park of the Tegelbergbahn at about 8am. And right in front of us are already very big clouds. It looks like a thunderstorm would build up soon. So we decide not to do the via ferratas. Instead we walk to the Neuschwanstein Castle which is directly next to the Tegelberg.
Because it is still quite early when we arrive at the castle there are not so many people around. We walk around and take some photos and luckily we are also able to walk on the Marienbrücke (it was closed for construction until two weeks ago).
Then we meet a local who gives us the advice to walk along the trail that starts right after the bridge and goes up to the Tegelberg. On this trail after about 30 minutes we arrive at a nice view point. There we have a picknick before going back down.
Today we slept in our tent in Tannheim. After leaving the tent in the morning we walk up to the Vilsalpsee. Last time when we were here everything was covered in clouds. Today is completely different, not a single cloud is on the sky and the lake below the Gaishorn looks really beautiful.
From here a nice trail leads up to the Gaiseck. Unfortunately it is hard to really enjoy the trail because today is the hottest day of the year! It is so unbelievable hot and we drink a lot of our water on the way up. On Gaiseck we decide to try the trail to Rauhorn, but we turn around shortly before the summit. There is some climbing (II) required and we do not feel so good because of the heat. So instead we walk up the Gaishorn which is also a nice summit 🙂 Here we stay for a long time before going back down.
We would like to continue to the Schrecksee, but our water is already almost empty and so we walk down to the Vilsaple, have a drink and go back to the camping space 🙂 All in all a nice summit, but it was far too hot for hiking today 😮
After waking up today we feel reeeally tired because of the long hike to the Großer Krottenkopf yesterday. So we decide to take it easy. We have a really good breakfast at the Weinklause. Then we walk up to the ski jumping arena and along the Walserweg to the Gaisalpe. We then continue to the Gaisalpsee.
There are many people at the lake and also many people are going up to the Rubihorn. We decide for the quieter trail and walk up to the Oberer Gaisalpsee. Now we meet only a few other people. We continue until the Seealpe. Here we take a long break, have a drink, and then go back down to Oberstdorf. This trail offers great views and was a nice end of our summer vacation 🙂
The summit of the Großer Krottenkopf - the highest mountain of the Allgäuer Alps - is on my wish list for a long time and for today the weather looks very promising 🙂
The Kemptner Hütte is fully booked as always on a summer weekend like this one. So we decide to stay in a cosy hotel in Oberstdorf and go up and down on the same day. We meet many other people on the way to the Kemptner Hütte. When we reach the hut we take a short break. Now the trail is less frequented.
The trail is quite easy, only the last 100 meters require some climbing (I). From the summit the view is perfect! 🙂 We go back down the same way, take another break at the Kemptner Hütte and are back at the hotel 10.5 hours later 😛
Today we have a huge breakfast at Rifugio Faloria. After that we start walking to Rifugio Vandella. On our map that one looks really nice. Next to the Rifugio Vandella is the Lago di Sorapiss. On the trail to the lake there are not many people. Today is very special - for the first time we see edelweiss! It is a very rare and beautiful flower 🙂 We take a lot of photos, one definitely has to go on our living room wall at home 😛
About 10 minutes before arriving at the lake, there are suddenly hundreds of people 😮 This seems to be a favourite place to go for a day hike for Italian people. The lake is really beautiful, especially its colour. Unfortunately we cannot really enjoy it because of the many people. So we take some photos and take a quiet trail back down to the main road. From there we take a bus back to the next town.