Highlight on Denmark’s west coast: the Rudbjerg Knude lighthouse

The white lighthouse Rudbjerg Knude has gained international fame in 2019. The angular tower was moved 70 meters to protect it from falling over the next few years. We spent a few days in the north of Denmark between Hirtshals and Løkken and we were quickly certain: the area around the lighthouse and Lønstrup is one of the most spectacular landscapes in Denmark.

Sunset at the lighthouse

We definitely recommend visiting the lighthouse in the evening. The light of the evening sun illuminates the lighthouse of Rudbjerg Knude and the view of the sea at sunset is very beautiful. We parked the car in the “Rudbjerg Knude Fyr” car park and after about 10 minutes on foot you will arrive at the lighthouse. The path is easy to find and the lighthouse can be seen from afar. Shortly before the lighthouse we turned onto a smaller hiking trail to get to the lighthouse from the sea side. The lighthouse is on top of the cliff and the view is really spectacular! To the north you can see Lønstrup, to the south you can see kilometers of beaches and cliffs. We haven’t found a way to the water – and you should definitely not just climb down, because the cliff is constantly moving and there is a risk of falling.

Hikes around Rudbjerg Knude Fyr

We really wanted to explore the area on foot. So, the next day we parked our van in the parking lot on the “Kongestenen ved Mårup Kirke” near Lønstrup and followed the signs for Hærvej, a long-distance hiking trail that leads through Jylland (Jutland). The path goes high above the sea through dunes and sandy hollows. You always have a great view of the Rudbjerg Knude lighthouse and of course the blue sea. You can climb the lighthouse for free and from there you have an even better view of the coast and the surrounding area. We then walked a bit through the dunes, which are really impressive. We were able to take a break in a sheltered place before we went back to the parking lot with very sanded shoes. This time through windswept, gnarled pine forests.

Furthermore, the village of Lønstrup is also worth a visit. On the steep coast you can follow a path into the village. You can see pretty well how dangerously close some holiday homes are to the abyss and every now and then you can see that houses have crashed in recent years and only the pipes peep out of the sand. The place is nestled in the landscape and we could somehow really imagine how the Vikings must have looked at the sea here. Lønstrup is a great place to eat ice cream, go for a stroll and buy groceries.

If you want to go to the water and take a walk right by the sea, it is best to look at the many maps where there are accesses to the sea. In any case, you can get to the water from Lønstrup and Nr Lyngby.

Conclusion

We have lived in Denmark for several years and have seen many places – but we particularly liked the Rudbjerg Knude lighthouse on the North Sea. The landscape is really impressive, and it is definitely highly recommended and worth a visit!

Beautiful two-day hike at Walensee in Switzerland

Weekend tours are our favorite tours – and it is the best time to start on a Friday. Then, the trip always feels like a short vacation and the weekend is particularly long. After the hike in Flumserberg, we chose a two-day hike at Walensee in Switzerland. From Walenstadtberg we hiked to Alp Tschingla and from there, we continued the next day via Lüsis back to Walenstadt.

Always a lake view: from Walenstadtberg to Alp Tschingla

The public transport network in Switzerland is excellent – we notice that again and again. During this hike, it is also practical to take the yellow “Postbus”, ie the bus. From the train station in Walenstadt, it only takes 15 minutes to Walenstadtberg. We get off at the end station (Reha Klinik) and from there, our hike continues uphill on a paved road. We hike about 800 vertical meters up to Alp Tschingla.

On the way, there is also the Paxmal, a peace monument, where we take a short break.

Although it is cloudy, the colors of the flowers and the Walensee glow wonderfully. The view of the valley and the snow-covered Swiss mountains is beautiful.

After about 4 hours, we finally reach Alp Tschingla (1528 m). We had to cross a few snow fields on the way, but that made the tour a bit more varied. On Alp Tschingla, we drink an icecold beer and then we hop into the hot water tub of Alp Tschingla. This is a real highlight – you can take a bath in the fire-heated hot pot with a fantastic view of Walensee and the mighty Churfirsten mountains. We stay in the water until our skin becomes wrinkled and then we have dinner and eat a huge portion of maccheroni with lots and lots of mountain cheese. The meal tastes twice as good after a strenuous hike and the bath.

In the evening, a thunderstorm comes up. Mountain thunderstorms are always impressive and the crack of thunder makes the hut vibrate. We play card games in the cozy living room, drink a schnapps with the hut owner and then we fall dead tired into bed.

Crossing some snow fields
Finally arrived at Alp Tschingla
Enjoying the hot bath at Alp Tschingla
Rain is on its way
Alp Tschingla

From Alp Tschingla via Lüsis to Walenstadt

The alarm clock rings early the next morning. When we are in the mountains, we always want to be outside on time for sunrise, because then, the mountains are always bathed in a beautiful light. We are lucky: the rain from the previous evening has cleared and mystical clouds lie over Walensee and the rest of the valley. The silence around us and in the mountains is particularly beautiful and we simply enjoy the breathtaking view.

After a hearty breakfast and a hot cup of coffee, it’s time to go. We hike through sparse forests and on a broad paths from Alp Tschingla towards Lüsis. When we look back, we can see that the Alp Tschingla and the Churfirsten mountains are in the sun now.

After a short hike, we arrive in Lüsis, where we stop for a hot chocolate at the Lüsis Gasthaus. From there we start with the descent: through forests and past rushing streams, we return to the valley to Walenstadt.

The tour around Alp Tschingla is a great two-day hike for late spring. Thanks to the good public transport connections, the tour can be shortened or extended as desired.

Do you have a recommendation for us which tour we shouldn’t miss in Switzerland? Then we look forward to your suggestions.

From the Flumserberg to the Spitzmeilenhütte and the Weisstannental

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Fortunately for us, the weather forecast has not come true! In bright sunshine we start our two-day hike on the Flumserberg. The mountain railway takes you from Tannenheim up to Prodalp, where our hike begins.

Day 1: From the Flumserberg to the Spitmeilenhütte

From the Pordalp you first go along a forest path, which you can leave after a while and then hike on narrow, very beautiful hiking trails. On the way to the Spitzmeilenhütte you pass the Alpine restaurant Panüöl and the Alpe Fursch. So sufficient possibilities are provided along the way to get a bite to eat. Unfortunately, the weather forecast should be right at some point and it started to rain slightly. After the Alpe Fursch, the only short climb on the way is the one just before the Spitzmeilenhütte, but it is not too long and steep.

Shortly after we arrived at the Spitzmeilenhütte, the predicted weather actually started and hit rained cats and dogs. Now that we had arrived and were sitting in the dry, we could calmly look at the natural spectacle. We enjoyed a delicious dinner and spend the rest of the evening playing board games

Day 2: From the Spitzmeilen hut to the Weisstannental

The next day the mountains were covered in clouds and it was raining lightly when we left. But despite the bad weather, the mood was excellent and so we made our way towards Weißtannen. It didn’t rain all the time, but every now and then it starts to rain. The low-hanging clouds gave the landscape a very mystical atmosphere. At Fransfurggla, we decided to leave the Sardona-Welterbeweg No. 73 because the mountains were still hanging in the clouds and therefore block the view. However, when the weather is nice, the route over the Madchopf is certainly the more attractive route, as you have a great view from up there.

You can find a detailed report on our tour here. Unfortunately, only in German.

Via ferrata course in the Montafon

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We have enjoyed hiking for many years – however, we have never tried a via ferrata. We heard so many good things about it. This has to finally change this year! That’s why we decided to do an introductory via ferrata course in the Montafon.

Introduction to climbing

Johnny is our teacher for the day. We meet him in Latschau at the reservoir – the via ferratas higher up in the mountain are still too snowy. The course starts proper climbing exercises – not with the via ferrata. This in another first for us. The most difficult part to find a way to the top. From the bottom it seems so much easier than it really is when you are in the wall. Moritz and I learn how to secure each other and one thing that very quickly is clear to us: trust plays a major role when climbing. We really enjoy climbing the rock, but we also want to learn how to behave on the via ferrata.

Via ferrata for beginners in Latschau

Johnny gives us our equipment and then we start with the course after a short theoretical introduction to the via ferrata. It goes up the rock at an angle and in contrast to the climbing part, you are responsible for securing yourself. We have to get out of our comfort zone and trust the equipment when you sit down in the belt. But we also have a lot of fun climbing safely along the rock. From the top we have a wonderful view of the shimmering turquoise reservoir water and the snow-covered summit of the Zimba. At the end of the via ferrata we whiz down a zip line and then our course comes to an end. Johnny takes the time to recommend a few via ferratas to get you started like the Via ferrata Röbischlucht. We are definitely looking forward to our first real via ferrata and are happy that we have clarified all important questions with a mountain guide. 

You can find more information here. Unfortunately, only in German.

The Gauertal Alpine Tour – A hike with a view of the ‘Three Towers’

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Are you looking for a nice hike for the whole family? Then the Gauertal AlpkulTour trail is just the thing for you!

The way to the Lindauer Hütte

After a very relaxed breakfast, we took the Golmerbahn in the late morning and drove it to the mountain station. From where the Gauertal AlpkulTour trail starts. From the top station of the Golmerbahn you follow the signs towards Lindauer Hütte. The first few kilometres are still a bit uphill and downhill, but really not much and therefore really doable for everyone. On the way you pass different sculptures by Roland Haas. The sculptures all deal with the farming culture of the Montafon. For those who cannot speak or read the Montafon dialect, a QR code scanner is recommended in order to be able to translate the information of the individual sculptures. This gives you some different insights into the cultures of the Montafon.

After about half of the way you will reach the Lindauer Hütte where you can stop for a great break. Thanks to our good timing, we arrived there exactly at lunchtime and were able to stop for an excellent lunch at the Lindauer Hütte.

A second break in the Gauertalhaus

From the Lindauer Hütte you follow the path back from the Gauertal towards the Golmerbahn. After a good 1 ½ hours hike there is another very nice place to stop for a bite to eat – the Gauertalhaus, where you can toast the beautiful tour very well. Since the weather was initially very cloudy, we took the chance and stopped also at the Gauertalhaus for a drink and enjoy the now shining sun in one of the deck chairs. This is really the perfect spot to for a break. 

You can find a detailed report about our tour here. Unfortunately, only in German.

Herbs, bees, wild meadows – beekeeping hike in the Montafon

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We usually do tours that are high up in the mountains. The rockier and more rugged the trail, the better. Since the snow remains stubbornly on the peaks this year, many hiking trails are not yet accessible. But we definitely did not get disappointed.

Herbs, plants and flowers

For this reason, we decided to go on a beekeeping hike in the Montafon. The hike leads from the Baroque church Bartholomäberg to Schruns and leads through wildflower meadows and past quaint houses. 

Another very interesting hike that brings you to the Baroque church Bartholomäberg is the miners’ hike.

Harry accompanies us on this tour and explains what the flower is called, what the surrounding mountains are called, which plants are edible and how to make the most delicious nettle soup. We are amazed at how much there is to see along the way. If you look closely, you can see how lively the meadows are. These are the little things, close around you that you take for granted and do not see any more. It was very nice to have someone point them out to one again – and that with so much enthusiasm that you get completely hooked. 

Beekeeping in Montafon

At the end of the tour we visit Harry’s beehives. We put on a beekeeper’s hat and examine the honeycombs in the beehives – Moritz is even allowed to hold a honeycomb. Harry tells us that about 50,000 bees live in a beehive and that bees are actually very clever little animals. Time flies and after 4 hours the beekeeping hike is already over. Harry patiently answers all of our questions about the flora and fauna of the Montafon. After the tour, we were pleasantly surprised at how interesting such a hike through meadows can be – it certainly wasn’t our last “easy” hike.

You can find a detailed description of our hike with Harry here.

Steibis-Imbergbahn – The small, large ski area in the Allgäu

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About the ski area:

The Steibis-Imbergbahn ski area has everything that the major ski areas in the Alps have to offer. Ski fun on 17.6 km, fun park, freeride slopes and for the little kids’ area and ski schools. Everything that makes a wonderful day of skiing!

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Steibis-Imbergbahn ski area:

Today our day started a little later than usual. The Imbergbahn brought up to the ski area. The first thing we noticed is the special flair of the ski area. After a few runs at the Nordlift and Fuchskarlift, we drove to the longest slope in the ski area. We stayed there for a while before heading back to the Imbergbahn and the valley run.

Favourite slope Moritz:

My favourite slope is slope 5 and slope 5a because they are by far the longest slopes. But I was definitely not the only one who liked it so much, because in the afternoon the slope was very bumpy, especially in the steeper areas. So, my tip: come early!

Favourite slope Christiane:

My favourite slope is the valley run. The blue slope 1 leads from the mountain station of the Imbergbahn down to the valley station. A really nice descent that varies from time to time but is still very good for everyone to ride.

Refreshments:

There are multiple places to stop for a refreshment in the Steibis-Imbergbahn ski area. If you like beautiful views, the Vordere Fluh is the place for you. From the sun terrace you have a wonderful view of the valley. The food tastes twice as good with that view.


What is special about Steibis-Imbergbahn:

The special thing about the Steibis-Imbergbahn ski area is certainly its flair. Despite the manageable size, it exudes the flair of a large ski area.


Oberstaufen-Hündlebahn is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

Oberstaufen-Hündlebahn – Skiing on quiet slopes

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About the ski area:

In the Oberstaufen-Hündlebahn ski area you can make your turns on 19 kilometres of slopes. Beginners and advanced skiers alike can ski well on the mostly red and blue slopes and spend a wonderful day of skiing. And the little ones are also well looked after in the children’s area and the ski school.

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Oberstaufen-Hündlebahn ski area:

At 9 o’clock sharp, we stood at the valley station and took the Hündlebahn up. In the beginning we drove a lot with the Graft lift and sometimes made the valley run. Then, we slowly drove further and further east of the ski area. Because the ski area is very long, you don’t notice all the other skiers that are in the area at the same time. In the morning you sometimes even had the feeling that you were skiing all alone.

Favourite slope Moritz:

My favourite slope was clearly the red slope 6. The slope is quite short, but runs in nice waves, which I always enjoy a lot.

Favourite slope Christiane:

My favourite slope was the blue slope 2. The slope has exactly the right slope for me, so that I can practice my technique and can sometimes be a bit faster. I really skied the slope many, many times!

Refreshments:

A wonderful sport for a break is the Hündle mountain restaurant. From the terrace you have a wonderful view of the valley and, especially when the weather is good, you can really relax and enjoy the break to its fullest.

What is special about Oberstaufen-Hündlebahn:

Special for us at the Oberstaufen-Hündlebahn ski area was the quietness. Although the parking lot was well filled, it wasn’t in the ski area and you were almost alone on the slopes, which is especially nice for beginners.


Bödele is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

Faschina – The small, quiet ski area in the Großen Walsertal

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To the ski area:

The Faschina ski area is located in the Großen Walserta. The starting point of the cable cars is around 1500 meters. With 11.9 km of routes and slopes and 4 lifts, Faschina is one of the smaller ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Due to the very varied slopes, the ski area still has something to offer for everyone. The ski area is also connected to the Damüls-Mellau ski area by ski bus.

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Faschina ski area:

With a light mix of sun and clouds, we went to the Faschina ski area for the first time. At first, we were very open and had no expectations of the ski area, but we were quickly taught otherwise. In the small, very familiar ski area there was a great atmosphere without much hectic and stress. For lunch we stopped at the Lari-Fari café restaurant (more on this below). After a delicious lunch, we went back to the slopes. Because most of the slopes are eastern facing, the slopes were in perfect condition even in the afternoon and we were still able to do a lot of runs.

Favourite slope Moritz:

My favourite slope was red slope 2, which starts at the end of the DSB Staffelalpe lift. Red slope 2 merges almost directly into red slope 3a. With the two slopes together, you really have a super long and beautiful descent. The only drawback, it takes a while to get back to the starting point.

Favourite slope Christiane:

My favourite slopes were the blue slopes 4 and 5. The slopes are quite short, but really varied and you can get back to the starting point at the Guggermülli lift.

Refreshments:

The best sport for a break in the Faschina ski area ist opposite the valley station in the Café Restaurant Lari-Fari. There is everything you could want after a long day of skiing. The burgers here are awesome! Highly recommended!

The special thing about the Faschina ski area:

The special thing about the Faschina ski area is that even if the nearby ski areas are already overcrowded, you can still make your turns in Faschina and enjoy a wonderful day of skiing.


Bödele is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

The special thing about the Faschina ski area is that even if the nearby ski areas are already overcrowded, you can still make your turns in Faschina and enjoy a wonderful day of skiing.


Bödele is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.

Bödele-Schwarzenberg – skiing with a view of Lake Constance

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About the ski area:

Bödele – a small but fine ski area on the edge of the Bregenzerwald. It is this particular location, the first ski area in the Bregenzerwald coming from the Rhine Valley, that makes Bödele so popular. The Bödele is considered an absolute family ski area, because it has everything to offer for young and old without being overcrowded. The Bödele has 10 lifts with 24 km of slopes and ski routes and is therefore perfect for a relaxed day trip.

About us:

We are Moritz and Christiane from Bregenz and this year we will explore the different ski areas of the 3TälerPass. Christiane only started skiing last year and will start her second skiing season in 2018/2019. This will give you an insight into the ski areas from a beginner’s perspective. Since Moritz has been on skis for a while, he also feels comfortable on steep slopes. He will describe his impressions for more advanced skier.

Our day in the Bödele ski area:

We got up very early and finally managed to be the first on the slopes. For us, that meant rushing down freshly groomed slopes. We started at the Hochälpele lift and then drove towards the Seeblick lift, where in the morning you had a wonderful view of the sea of ​​clouds in the Rhine valley. Afterwards, went back to the Schwarzenberger site, where slope 5 is one of our favourites.

Favourite slope Moritz:

My absolute favourite slope at Bödele is the blue slope 6, which starts at the top station of the Lank lift. The special thing for me about this slope is the idyllic slope guidance, which mostly leads through the forest. Especially when the trees are full of snow, the descent is simply picturesque.


Favourite slope Christiane:

I absolutely have to agree with Moritz here. The blue slope 6 is simply great. What convinces me as a beginner is that it is not too steep, and I can practice my technique very well. In addition, the course of the slopes is super beautiful.

Refreshments:

The best stop for us at Bödele was the Meierei Oberlose (dairy farm), diagonally opposite the valley station of the Lank lift. The old dairy is surrounded by trees, which make the location of the dairy particularly picturesque. In good weather, you can enjoy a break on the sun terrace with a view of the slopes. In bad weather, you can also spend your break wonderfully in the cosy interiors of the old dairy.


What is special about the Bödele:

What is special for us at Bödele is clearly the manageability of the ski area combined with the variety of the many different slopes. For this reason, we always like to come to Bödele for a day of skiing.


Diedamskopf is another amazing ski area included in the 3TälerPass, you can find more here.