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Taking on Hoher Ifen before we leave Austria

Hoher Ifen was our third and final adventure with Sandra and Markus for this time around, and it was a perfect hike for our now  sore legs. This mountain has been in our sight from Sandra and Markus porch, so we got excited to hear that we would get a chance to take a closer look on this spectacular plateau, standing there in the distance. We let the pictures and videos speak for themselves! 


Hoher Ifen blev vårt tredje och sista äventyr med Sandra och Markus  för den här gången, en perfekt vandring för våra nu väldigt möra ben. Detta berg har varit i vår vy från Sandra och Markus veranda, så vi blev glada att höra att vi skulle få möjlighet att titta närmare på denna spektakulära platå, som fanns där i bakgrunden. Vi låter våra bilder och videos talar för sig själva!

Hoher Ifen, a 2230 meter high mountain in the Kleinwalsertal valley, was our mission on our last day with Sandra and Markus.

It was an easy hike compared to our previous two adventures the days before.

We took our time listening to the sounds of the mountains, mostly cow bells.

and taking pictures on the alpine flowers.

Sandra is making use of her camera!

The view is amazing, so don’t forget your camera.

Sandra and Ulrika on their way to the plateau on top of Hoher Ifen.

Group photo with Riezlern in the background.

We found a few butterflies on our hiking trip.

We had a picnic at the top and with a beautiful view to go with our lunch. We put together a short video from our first part of the hike that you can see below.

There is a small via ferrata on the south side of Hoher Ifen. People have died here so be careful when passing this part of the hike.

We ate second lunch on our way down at Scwarzwasser- Hütte. We tried a local dish called Kaiserschmarrn!

And had a Russ – a popular hiking drink with Weißbier and lemon soda.

We came across a waterfall in the end of our 8-hour hike, with a lot of stops, and we felt that it was a nice ending of a beautiful day.

But this hike had a big surprise in the form of an artificial lake, used as a water storage for snow canons in the winter, and we jumped in!

Last evening and we got to experience a beautiful thunder storm coming in the valley. We also filmed  the rain and Hoher Ifen from the porch  which you can see below.

The morning after we took the train to Bayern, Germany,  for a few days of resting our muscles. Thanks Sandra and Markus for the awesome summer days spent with you in the Alps.

Riezlern to Schönenbach by bike

Our second adventure with Sandra and Markus started in Riezlern and our goal was to get to Schönenbach, and back again, with mountain bikes. A 50 kilometer bike ride in the “flatter” part of the mountains according to Sandra and Markus. The route was as flat as it could be if you consider the fact that you’re starting point is 1000 meters above sea level in the Alps.  We are not used to riding bicycles, so we really got a hard adventure that day, but it was fun and we’re proud to have accomplished getting back in one piece and without having to be brought back to Riezlern in a car or an ambulance.  
Below are  pictures and videos from our bicycle adventure and from our “normal” walk around Riezlern!


Vårt andra äventyr med Sandra och Markus började i Riezlern och vårt mål denna dag var att komma till Schönenbach och tillbaka igen, med mountainbikes. En 50 km cykeltur i den enligt Sandra och Markus “plattare” delen av bergen. Rutten var så “platt” som det kan bli när utgångspunkten är 1000 meter över havet i Alperna. Vi är inte vana vid att cykla på detta sätt så vi fick verkligen ett hårt äventyr den dagen, men det var roligt och vi är stolta över att ha lyckats komma tillbaka i ett stycke och utan att behöva återvända till Riezlern i en bil eller en ambulans.
Nedan finns bilder och videor från vårt cykeläventyr och från vår “normala” promenad runt Riezlern!

It is always nice to wake up in Riezlern and see the beautiful landscape from Sandra and Markus place.

We got to borrow bikes from Sandra and Markus and our mission today was to bicycle to Schönenbach and back.

Our bicycling adventure took us out on a good 7-hour tour balancing on the border between Austria and Germany.

We had cloudy weather, but it was nice to have cover from the sun – the scenery was still stunningly beautiful even though clouds covered most of the mountain tops.

Two rivers that have their final outflow on opposite sides of Europe starts here. Starzlach river ends in the black sea and Schönbach river ends in the North sea.

We took a rocky detour a short part of the way to Schönenbach so that Markus and Sandra could show us how to ride their mountain bikes. Ulrika and Pontus had to walk most of that part of the way. The video below some of the skills that Markus has on a MTB.

We took a well-earned break in Schönenbach eating our lunch before we headed back to Riezlern.

We took the ordinary road back to the main road, so we had a chance to use our bikes.

Pontus had a bit of a misfortune with his bike. First the front brake fell of, then with only breaks on the back wheel, it also stopped working in a long downhill slope due to overheating. With Pontus completely out of energy, also the chain jumped. So he was lucky to come back to Riezlern without hurting himself.

Back in Riezlern looking at the sunset reflecting on the mountains.

Stretching and yoga to ease up sore muscles. Could you have a better view while doing that?

We also managed to do a walk around the neighborhood, trying new settings on our camera that Markus and Sandra had showed us. This bridge can be used with more than vehicles, the video below shows what school children do on the bridge during their field days in the valley.

The Breitach river.

Wild strawberries are in abundance around here.

Alpine grass and meadow flowers.

Horses in the valley. Next blog post will be about hiking up to Hoher Ifen with soar legs, stay tuned 🙂

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