A couple of days exercise over the weekend seems to be the way to go in Austria. Luckily for us our landlord has a couple of old but reliable bikes which we have been able to use to explore around the lake. Without gears and with solid saddles we are never going to take on the mountain trails but at least we can get around a bit.
Despite the intermittent rain and having to take shelter from heavier downpours on occasions we made it as far as we could around the base of Traunstein. The views are great of the imposing mountain range and the lake always provides a nice tranquil backdrop.
On Sunday we dragged our saddle sore bottoms up the mountain range – via cable car. The Grunberg mountain range only caters for hikers, no ski runs, so the cable car only operates until early November so we made the most of a sunny Sunday. In truth however, I suspect the real reason everyone heads for a hike in the mountains on a Sunday is because it is pretty much the only place in Gmunden you can guarantee the restaurants will be open.
The trails cater for all levels of hikers, with wide trails catering for those who prefer an easy ride or bring pushchairs up to the mountain or carry their dogs in a backpack (look closely at the picture below)
The most popular of these is the trek to Laudachsee and it also provides some spring water refreshments for thirsty hikers.
The walk around Laudachsee takes around 40-minutes and provides some great reflections of the surrounding mountains. Laudachsee’s most popular spot is the Gasthof Ramsauer Alm where the trail from the cable car ends and it can be a busy spot.
We walked down from Laudachsee back down to Gmunden (about two and a bit hours) via the Silver Fox (Silber Fuchs) restaurant where Lou had her habitual Schnitzel and pint.