The Glistening Ice Crystals of the Saalach
In that special place where you can watch white water athletes kayaking or families enjoying a fun rafting tour in the summer, absolute silence reigns in the winter months. That is why, time and again, I am drawn to a winter hike along the river bank of the Saalach during the cold season.
The Saalach lies directly in front of me, covered by a thin sheet of ice: mystical, magical and incredibly romantic! The large stones which I love to sit on in summer to cool my legs and watch the water sports enthusiasts are now covered with a blanket of snow and topped with thousands of ice crystals. It is unbelievable that nature is such a great artist.
Almost silently, I plod along through the tranquil paradise; blow out little clouds of the crystal clear, cold winter air with every breath and sense how clear and free my mind is. Gradually I start to feel the cold and I yearn for the warm wood-burning stove, my book and hot tea. I set off home and decide to go for another long walk along the Saalach tomorrow. After all, there are prepared winter hiking trails in all of the four villages along the Saalach.