If the weather isn’t the best but you still want stunning, this valley is gorgeous and is great for all.
The way up the valley is a toll road, which winds it’s way up from the middle of Mayrhofen to the Stilluptal reservoir. This costs €8, but it would be a very long way up without a car. It’s a pretty drive, but totally stunning when you get there. Glacial waters and steep sided valleys with waterfalls pouring down from the tops.
This view is from the top of the Penken, on the other side of the Mayrhofen valley. It does show its extent and why it feels so amazing when in the Stilluptal valley
This walk is tarmac the whole way and a 2-3 hr round trip depending on the speed you walk. A downside of the tarmac is that if like me you prefer to be off road, it’s not. But it does make it totally accessible to anyone with a buggy/pushchair who still want views and a decent walk.
One of the joys of the mountains for me is hearing the cows with bells. Even better when they are friendly on their stroll down the road, and enjoy a stroke!
In her typical sleepy way Evie misses most of the walk up
We decided to trial her on the back in the sling, as she is getting heavy for front carrying over distance. She seems happy… and falls back to sleep.
The the rain comes, but all is well. Waterproofs for us, BundleBean for her and the rain is unimportant.
We arrive at the Grune-Wand-Hutte, very ready for late lunch.
Evie checks the menu to decide on food
She settles for her first go at baby food – Spaghetti Bolognese – and loved it
The food here was really good, as Austrian hut food generally is. Evie’s own meal doesn’t stop her interest in our food and her joy in routing her hands around in my salad!
Lunch over, time to return back down the hill.
Past more friendly cows
A bit of wriggle time for Evie (and naughty hot chocolate for us) at the next hut down
And then some gorgeous reflections to finish the walk
And then the rain came, luckily almost back at the car…..