Zillertal Rucksack Route (Berliner Höhenweg). I

 

Up to The Kasseler Hūtte.

The usual bus/train/plane/train had us into Mayrhofen by tea time, sorry coffee time. Our booked  Gasthof Zillertal on the outskirts of town looked a little austere but turned out to be friendly, clean and economical. Basic rooms perfect for one night and a good breakfast thrown in. Mayrhofen is touristy with plenty of funny hats and cuckoo clocks for sale. We retreated into the traditional Berghof Hotel for a civilised dinner of Goulash Soup and Lake Pike fried in butter.  Slept like a log.JpegJpegJpeg

In the morning we walked up to the TI office where we were to catch a private mini bus, sitting outside the time for departure arrived but no bus. A glance down the road spotted a likely looking vehicle which we just managed to board before it departed. Up the Stilluptal valley we passed a famous waterfall and continued on a private track in increasingly dramatic scenery to Grüne Wand Hütte. Here we felt we deserved some refreshment before setting off – it was the best apple strudel I’ve ever had! Jpeg

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The steep zigzagging trail through woods and then rocks brought us in 800m to the Kasseller.  A traditional hut sitting on a promontory with excellent views of tomorrow’s walk. I am with the ‘rockman’ and by chance on the terrace in the sun he met a fellow geologist from Israel, much discussion ensued. There was a lovely display of local wild flowers all labelled which interested me more.JpegJpeg

Two geologists.

The two geologists.

We were humorously quizzed about Brexit by the guardian – if you voted in you had a room, if out all you got was a mattress. The usual evening meal was followed by a talk from the guardian about the various route options and the weather [set fair] – a nice touch if we could have understood it all. You may have noticed we’ve hopped into the route on day 2 to avoid the 9hr day from the Edelhûtte. It’s called the Berliner Höhenweg because most of the huts are run by the Berlin section of the German Alpine Club, DAV.

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 Today’s quote – every third night is enough”                                                                                           on discussing shower arrangements.

 

2 thoughts on “Zillertal Rucksack Route (Berliner Höhenweg). I

  1. McFadzean

    I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot of good food being eaten in this post. I could do with a spot of goulash soup and fried pike right now. Not to mention the strudel.
    Alen

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