Given that the weather was supposed to worsen the next day, I decided to do a long walk to Mittenwald to make the most of the sun while it lasted. I started off going the same way as I did yesterday but then took the high track to Partnachalm.
The track goes in to the bush for a bit then comes out at this derelict hut. There’s a tiny church here.
The track goes into the bush for a long section. There are several intersections. Note that the signposts sometimes state a destination that is not directly reached – and if you follow them you will take a very circuitous route. I was glad I had a decent map and compass.
After about 2 hours I reached the turnoff to Bockhutte
Bockhutte is a nice place to stop for a break. I thought I would have a snack but it turned out my tomato and mozzarella sandwich had started leaking through the bag and so I had to eat my lunch a bit early.
After that I took the steep route up to Schachentor. This was much more like a normal tramping track.
One thing about the area is that you will see firewood stacks EVERYWHERE – including half way up a mountain.
The track breaks out of the bushline at about 1200m elevation.
There are some aids to help you get up at different points
At about this point I caught a whiff of coal and knew I must be near the top. The vegetation also changed suddenly to this alpine meadow.
At the top there are a couple of nifty hermit huts.
At the top there is an excellent viewing spot
Around the corner is the Koenigshaus, at 1866m.
Just below this is the alpine garden (which I have put in a post here).
The track continues to the east on a well-graded farm road.
I, being poor, had brought my own lunch.
Once I’d finished my nut cake I continued towards Mittenwald. You go through the alpine meadow for a bit (complete with alpine cows!)
After about an hour I broke off toward Mittenwald, taking a small shortcut on a proper track.
After this the track was on forestry roads. I had it all to myself for a couple of hours.
At this point I had a woman come up to me and start spreching asking me if I’d seen her husband on the road up. It turned out he was still having a beer at the hut.
The lake was very pretty but I did notice the lack of public facilities – you can imagine what happens when you have a frequently-visited spot like this and NO public toilets. Europeans can be very uncivilised.
I continued towards Mittenwald and accidentally took the high track above Lautersee.
Lautersee had quite a crowd – including this herd of goast passing through!
The lake is only 30min walk from town and there were several nature trails set up for children.
Coming in to Mittenwald there were a few hobby farms that appeared to be owned by retirees.
I arrived in Mittenwald at EXACTLY the time prescribed on the sign. In Germany even YOU run on time!
It was all very pretty.
Mittenwald is going for the ‘Prettiest Village’ award, I think.
I had a ham kebab while waiting for the train, made with freshly-baked bread.
And then I went back to the hotel to put my feet up!