After an excellent and sumptuous breakfast, we walked from Neusach to Techendorf, all flat, all along the proper road around the lake. Techendorf is the main community on lake Weissensee, where things such as the tourist information, shops and cafés etc. are located. From there, you can take a chair lift up to the mountains, but it does not operate on Mondays. Never mind - we simply walked our way up.
Our rough map (given to us at the hotel) and sign posts were enough to help us decide where to go. Mittagsnock seemed like a good goal, not too high up and not too far away, and so we set off.
The views of the lake, mountains and woodland were great; I could have stopped and taken a picture every three steps (and almost did, as you can see!).
|Click on this picture to enlarge and see why I took it!|
Getting closer to Mittagsnock, we found the path changed; it became steep, rocky and extremely narrow, with sheer drops on either side, making it a challenge in places (with no railing or anything else to hold on to). I became rather quiet, having to focus on each step. No photos of that part of the hike - it would have meant finding a safe spot to stop, and at that time, all I wanted was to move on and reach safer grounds again.
The views and feeling of having "made it" were rewarding, though, and although I am not sure we would have gone there if we had known the condition of the path before, I am glad we did it.
As before, we made it back to the hotel in time for coffee and cake, this time out in the sunny garden (and in the company of dozens of wasps - can't be avoided this time of year), and even had time to use one of our hotel's own rowing boats. Putting my hot feet into the fresh and cold water of the lake was such a pleasure! A quick visit to the sauna, then dinner - you can imagine we slept like logs that night, after having walked and hiked almost 20 km.