The Red Marble Lake
My Top Spot in the Almenwelt Lofer
The Rote Marmorsee is my favourite place here in the Salzburger Saalachtal. The magical lake is situated at 1600 metres above sea level at Schönbühel. It is easily reached from the mountain cable-car station Almbahn II via the Märchenwald Circuit Nr. 4. However today we plan to reach the lake, not on foot, but with the electric mountain bike.
We have reached our destination – the Rote Marmorsee lies directly in front of us. We ride around the lake and look for a lovely bench. The choice is large today. Apart from us and a couple of cows, who are enjoying spending their alm summer here, there is no-one here. The unique atmosphere of the Rote Marmorsee is difficult to describe. For us it is a magical place: the trees, the summit of the nearby Grubhörndl and the cows are reflected perfectly in the still water and the entire lake is surrounded by red rock. Apart from the cowbells it is as quiet as a mouse. A short glance at the time reveals that it is already 5.30 pm. A cloud hangs directly above the lake and it is a little too cold for bathing today. We both agree – we must come biking to the Almenwelt Lofer earlier next time. Thanks to the e-mountain bikes we were able to ride comparatively quickly to the mountains. Normally we would need much more time for this tour.
E-Mountain Biking for every Generation
Even though other mountain bikers sometimes laugh at me riding my e-bike at just 28 years old and I hear comments such as „You young people could still exert yourselves a bit“, I just grin. What they don't know is that the e-mountain bike doesn't ride by itself; with a lower E-setting we still need to make an effort but if we want we can always increase the power. However, with a little tailwind we can observe the landscape more carefully; add in a couple of stops to collect mushrooms or herbs and converse with our companions without gasping for breath. After our holiday we will remember the wonderful moments with our loved ones and not those evenings where we had to crawl around our room on all fours due to muscle strain. This is indeed what makes a holiday so unique.
The fresh evening air tells us that it is time to set off. We ride back up to Schönbühel, continue down to the turnoff to Schwarzeck and finally ride down the asphalted road to the valley station of the Almenwelt Lofer. From here we follow the 10 km long cycle path along the Saalach to Unken. I go over tomorrow's tour in my head. We will ride to the Litzlalm in the Naturpark Weißbach via Hirschbichl – naturally with the e-mountain bike again.
Length of tour: total ca. 3 hours (incl. a short break at the lake)