To Maria Alm via the ‘Schwalbenwand’-Summit
The initial rain was unable to dampen our anticipation of the first day of hiking. Only after a few minutes walking time the rain eased off and the sun appeared intermittently. After about a 3-hour long ascent we reached the summit of Mount Schwalbenwand on an altitude of 2011 metres. Unfortunately the visibility onto the surrounding mountain world was obstructed by clouds. Nevertheless we enjoyed the moment and then started our descent to Maria Alm. Shortly before the pilgrimage destination we enjoyed a hearty soup with a cheese dumpling in it at the inn ‘Gasthof Hinterreit’. In our hotel in Maria Alm, the newly refurbished Hotel Hinterreiter, we could not resist a plunge into the swimming pond. The in-house whirlpool provided optimal relaxation after our first hiking day.