The air is clear and cool, the conversations bubble merrily like the mountain streams around us. I look around, just able to see the peaks of the Hohe Tauern mountains, which remain hidden in the thick mist above the Nassfeldalm. We have come to meet our local host Martin who, after serving us delicious breakfast at the Pottinger Hütte, presented us with all his animals. There are goats, cows and pigs at his little farm up here. As well as, of course, the obligatory cats, and a dog.
Not sure if “our travel dog” Coffee likes it? My friend & fellow travel writer Angelika Mandler has brought her husband Andreas as well as her dog Coffee with her, following our annual gathering of Austrian travel bloggers in Gastein this year. #Coffee2Go, so to speak. Thank God poor Coffee doesn’t notice any of the bad jokes we constantly tease him with. He is merely interested in catching the frisbee Andreas throws for him; sniffing at the goats in the neighbouring stables – or rather (and even better), staring at the rabbits in the little, adjoining enclosure. And running across the many, many green alpine meadows, chasing the mountain lakes that lie beyond.
Honestly: Would you not just love to go hiking right here, right now?
It’s just as cosy to reach Wengeralm mountain hut in Dorfgastein. Do not miss their barefoot hiking trail for getting “a real feel” for the surrounding mountain landscape …
… and as we make our way down to the Wengeralm hut, we muse at the fact that we only ever walk across, or down the mountains during this weekend. Well, the modern cable cars are too tempting (and fast) to take you anywhere …
There is more, concerning foodie travel tips from Austria …
… and especially in the Gastein valley, as we have come to discover during our trip into one of Salzburg’s southernmost alpine valleys. Check out Weitmoser Schlössl for a fine dining experience in an ancient castle estate, complete with Rapunzel-style towers and an ambience you will love. As an alternative, you can try a farm-like inn which will win your heart in all its simplicity, comfort, and warm welcome provided by the locals.
Check out even more pictures about our trip here:
My friends & fellow travel writers have already published the following articles, and photographs, about Gastein:
- Angelika von “WiederUnterwegs”: “Gastein 2017: Thermalsee, Spiegelsee und Reiseblogger. (M)ein Update.“
- Karin von “LemonsAndVolcanoes”: “Zum Reisebloggertreffen ins Gasteinertal“
- Maria von “Kofferpacken”: “Almfrühstück auf der Pottinger Hütte bei Bad Gastein“
- Gudrun von “Reisebloggerin”: “Ein Wochenende im Gasteinertal: Wandern, Essen und Zirbenschnaps trinken“
- Christina von “ChristinasReise”: “Gastein: Vom Kraftwerk in die Alpentherme und hinauf zum Spiegelsee”
- Lisa von “ImprintMyTravel”: “Ein Wochenende in Gastein: Wandern, Therme & Kulinarik“
- Franziska von “1000 Travelstories”: “Wandern und Wellness im Gasteinertal“
- Florian von “TravelPins”: “Aktiv- und Genussreisen im Gasteinertal“
Disclaimer: We have been supported by Gasteinertal Tourism Board together with the Austrian Railway travelling to Gastein. All opinions are my own.