With a Tailwind to the Sunset

Infinite views, blossoming meadows, culinary highlights and a spectacular sunset crown an e-mountain bike tour to the 1510 m high Ganiskopf in the Almenwelt Lofer. 


Meanwhile we settle down on the sunny terrace for dinner.  “Are you waiting for the sunset?” asks the hut host Günther Flatscher, who sits down at the table for a short chat with us and adds, “That is really something special up here!”  Over a hearty alm snack made from regional products we enjoy the peace and quiet which gradually creeps over the mountain as most of the hikers and mountain sportspeople have already set off long ago for the return to the valley. 


Breathtaking colour show

Our adventure really begins now and we conquer the last 5 minute ascent to the 1510 m Ganiskopf with recharged batteries. The birds are performing their evening concert and near the peak a robin sings his final aria of the day. A couple of bees make use of the last rays of the sun to collect the nectar from the blossoming alpine herbs and flowers. We sit down near the summit cross and enjoy this natural spectacle. A buzzard glides past us in the evening light and searches for a place to sleep in a spruce tree.  “The animals are getting ready for the night,” we remark while the orange ball of the sun just touches the mountain peaks. It is silent here on the mountain as if the world is holding its breath and the small clouds in the summer sky are coloured a delicate pink. The colour disappears from the surrounding mountain ridges and shadows settle over the Loferer Steinberge and the Steinerne Meer. Meanwhile a fiery red has developed from the delicate pink and spellbound we watch the slowly fading colour play of the heavens.  “Wow, an enormous cinema”, we agree. We unpack the  headtorches from our  rucksack and freewheel slowly back to the Schwarzeckalm. We turn off onto the asphalt toll road at Gasthof Schönblick and return leisurely downhill to Lofer. Laughing, we decide to ask our host tomorrow for even more great tips for our holiday. 

Postet from
Edith Danzer
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