Alpine Adventure

Last week, I visited the idyllic Alpine town of Obertsdorf in Germany. On a previous visit, I came home with lots of scribblings for story ideas. This time, not so many written notes but mental notes of the experiences: the food, the local street markets, the friendliness of the people, the spectacular views, plus the unfortunate experience of being rescued from a mountain due to physical exhaustion! Oops - should have read the map more thoroughly. 

A View Outside my Window
The view from my hotel window was lovely and directly opposite was the town's church with a working bell tower! Dreamy - but not during the night when the bells toll every quarter of an hour!

The weather was glorious for a couple of days. I took the cable car up the mountain and then walked along mountain paths, enjoying the scenery. 

Söllereckbahn Obertsdorf

It was hot! Hot! Hot!
I ventured higher on the second day and watched the weather rolling in through the mountain peaks.

Fellhorn, Obertsdorf


Alpine water
The final hiking day ended with me in the back of an ambulance, but the views before that were amazing.

Over the border into Austria

Fast flowing due to the steep gradient

Alpine cows, happily grazing on the mountainside



Enough adventures for me for a while. Now it's back to getting words down and completing projects - before Christmas!

Have you ever visited the Alps? Does nature inspire you?

Happy writing!

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  1. Amazing views!
    Wow, sorry about the ambulance ride. How did it happen? You got to the top and had to call for help to get down again?

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    1. Went to the top by cable car and started hiking down. It didn't look so hazardous or steep on the map! Got about half way down before realising it was far too much to handle. Live and learn :)

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  2. Hi Nicola - I've been to the Alps - but not climbing ... and I would not like to have to call out the Rescue Services - but thank goodness for them: I hope all is well. Wonderful photos though - showing us what is what ... those bells: here they switch them off between 11.00 pm and 6.00 am ... that's manageable! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Oh the bells... our own village church bells ring all night too but only on the hour and we are so used to them, we don't hear them (plus, they are not directly opposite our house :)).

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  3. How beautiful, Nicola. It sounds so lovely too with the markets and friendly people. I expect being rescued and ending your trip in an ambulance will give you some ideas too! Sounds and looks as if it was worth it though. Lovely photos.

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    1. Lots of ideas :) The markets were delightful. Thank you for popping over to comment, Teresa.

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  4. How absolutely gorgeous! One day I'd love to travel to the Alps. And, oh my, about the the ambulance ride. Hope you're doing all right. It sounds like something I'd do!

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    1. :) I've survived to tell the tale :) Thank you for popping over, Christine.

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  5. Lovely photos. I've ended up in an ambulance after a hike. Spent the night in the hospital. I've learned how overheating can get an old guy's butt. Cheers. Hope you've recovered.

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    1. Thanks, Mac. Apart from catching a cold, I'm fine :)

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  6. I would love to visit the Alps one day--or really any place in Europe. Beautiful pictures!

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  7. I think that cow and Baby Moo would make nice friends if they met. Yeah I'm taking that cable car up to mountain. Walk around for five minutes, sit around for a bit then going back down in the cable car. No way I'm hiking. Sorry you got so exhausted but I get that kind of view can tempt you to go trekking about Nicola. Lovely pictures.

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    1. Thank you, Sheena. I'm sure Baby Moo and the Alpine cow would get along great :)

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  8. Oh I do love those photos and the look of it all, Nicola. Reminds me of our long-ago holiday in Switzerland which I would love to repeat!

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. I went to Switzerland many years ago, skiing. The best part was spending hours in a cuckoo clock shop. I bought my mom one (for some ridiculous price :)) but she still has it and it still cuckoo's :) Goodness, that was almost 30 years ago. How times flies by.

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  9. Oh no! An ambulance? Well, I'm glad you made it out okay. You've got some gorgeous photos and even better experiences to write from.

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    1. Thanks, Loni. Hope all is well in Squirrel land :) Take care.

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  10. I'm so glad you're okay! Thank you for sharing. I did get to visit the Alps, but only on a tour bus. Happy writing!

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    1. Thank you, Darla. Next time, you'll have to stop that bus - if only to breathe in the lovely sweet air.

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  11. What a view. Well, if you're going to get stuck somewhere and need help, that's the place.

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  12. Beautiful spot. Glad that your exhaustion was healable.

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Hope all is well with you.

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  13. Ok the ambulance is not good but the scenery is amazing and yes, I have been in the Alps in Southern Germany, Austria and Northern Italy. I loved it and found t so peaceful. I have been hiking there as well but only short excursions and it was wonderful. I even helped pick mushrooms on the side of a mountain and I will never forget how it looked. I felt I was in Shangri-La. I think nature is the best thing to escape to when one needs peace and to feel rejuvenated.....without an ambulance ride of course.

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    1. That sounds great, Birgit. It is lovely to get back to nature and appreciate its beauty.

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  14. Man, I wouldn't mind spending a month there just to write. The inspiration would be phenomenal.

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  15. Looks like such a charming little town. I very much want to see the Alps one day.

    Sorry to read you had to take an ambulance trip, but I'm glad you're okay.

    All the best with your writing!

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  16. The Alps are beautiful, i have very fond memories of Germany, Austria and Switzerland from many years ago. So sorry you ended up with a medical emergency, and hope you are fully recovered!

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    1. Almost fully recovered :) Thank you for popping by.

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  17. Ooh, so lovely! Thanks for sharing your photos. We just went to Freibrug, Germany a couple of weeks ago. Okay, that's not really the Alps... Last year we went to Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken!

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  18. Looks pretty idyllic:) I've been to alpine regions, but never the Alps themselves. Very cool!

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  19. The great out doors is certainly inspiring and I can practically smell the fresh, mountain air in your photos.

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    1. There were also some 'not so sweet' smells - mountain cows :) Thanks for popping by, Suzanne.

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  20. Amazing! Alps is on my wishlist and till then enjoying your images :) ... Sorry about the ambulance ride.

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  21. Beautiful pictures! I took the train through the Alps one year to visit relatives in Belinzona and will always remember how lovely the countryside was.

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    1. We traveled down by train from Bonn and for the majority of the way, we followed the rivers. Stunning views!

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  22. That's such a pretty area! I've been there, but it's been more than twenty years ago. Nature has inspired me on many occasions.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Sherry. I hope you revisit the area someday.

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  23. Beautiful pictures. I hope you're fully recovered from the exhaustion.

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    1. Thank you, Annalisa. Nearly there :)

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  24. SOOOO beautiful. Thanks for taking me on your journey with you. I'm not sure I'd survive the chill in the air, but I do love the mountains.

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    1. There was only a slight chill when it rained, Crystal. We were lucky. The first 3 days were over 27 degrees! Bliss. Thanks for popping by.

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  25. These are such beautiful pictures, Nicola. I'm glad you had a lovely time. We've have just come back from a few days in Bavaria. We stayed in Ettal and had a lovely time visiting both the Neuschwanstein and Linderhof castles and I got quite obsessed with King Ludwig. We also went to the fairy-tale town of Oberammergau. We went up a mountain and I was a bit terrified of the cable car (even before the next day's news that some poor people had been stranded in one overnight!) but went up with my eyes shut and did a very easy mountain walk. Everyone was wearing full mountaineering gear and carrying their special sticks and I was given some very strange looks on account my highly unsuitable flip-flops!! Looking forward to going back to Bavaria again soon. xxx

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