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From Leutasch to Merano

Travel report about my hike alonge the Alps
View of a small hut in Leutasch

I’ve been working in the marketing department of Eurofun-Touristik for half a year now. Of course, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to try out one of our hiking trips for myself.

I quickly chose on of our new tours: the hike from Garmisch to Merano.

Since we opt for a shortened version, Max and I head straight to beautiful Tyrol, more precisely to Leutasch.

View of a small hut in Leutasch

A dreamy landscape and breathtaking views

Our first day of hiking already impresses with a wide variety of landscapes. We start in the cosy town of Leutasch and hike past the Weidachsee fishing pond. The route continues through mystical high moorlands, past the rock faces of the Hohe Munde and down into the Inn Valley. Fantastic views and picturesque landscapes are the constant companions on our hike.

The other stages also impressed. Thanks to their idyllic location in the middle of the Tyrolean mountain forests, the Grüner See and Schwarzersee invite you to take a relaxing break. After a steep climb to the border triangle and a hike on the Mutzkopf high path, we are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Lake Reschen. A glittering, turquoise water and an impressive mountain panorama as far as the eye can see – definitely one of our personal highlights on the trip.

Arriving in South Tyrol we are accompanied by irrigation channels. These artificially created channels, some of which were created in the Middle Ages, are characteristic of the South Tyrolean Vinschgau.

The closer we get to our destination, the city of Merano, the more we meet vineyards and orchards along the paths. Huge fruit-growing areas accompany us to the spa village.

Of course we cannot resist the temptation to taste the delicious apples and grapes, so at the end of the hiking week we take a little break at the orchard and enjoy freshly picked fruit. Delicous!

Cosy accommodation and idyllic stage locations

As soon as we arrive in Leutasch, we enjoy the Tyrolean charm! A small community in the middle of the Alpine mountains, whose family atmosphere invites you to relax and slow down from the first minute. This cosiness runs from Leutasch, Landeck and Reschen to Naturno. Surrounded by high peaks, you can find relaxation every day in the small, quaint places. The destination of our trip turns out to be a special highlight: the spa town of Merano. On the Tappeiner promenade we go directly to the Cathedral, the centre of the town. The cosy shops and cafes invite you to stroll and form an ideal end to an all-round successful hiking week.

The accommodation is in keeping with the location, and impress with charm from the beginning. You can tell from the first day that hospitality is very important in South Tyrol.

Persona care of guests is an important consideration for hotel owners so you are often given insider tips and recommendations on sights and other hiking options.

Thanks for your care, we felt very comfortable!

Varied cuisine

In the mornings we are spoiled with extensive breakfasts! Buffets every day which leave nothing to be desired, from a selection of cheeses and sausages to jams and fresh fruit. Sometimes we are even offered salmon or homemade omelettes, so you can hardly imagine a better start to a hiking day.

In the evening we look forward to multi-course menus of Austrian and Italian cuisine.

With Tyrolean Kaspressknödel (cheese dumplings), Italian pasta and numerous other delicacies we fortify ourselves for the next stage. There is also a varied salad buffed daily, with an ideal mix of fresh, crisp salads and tasty dressings.

With a sweet tooth, I particularly remember the ‘Heiße Liebe’ (hot love) – ice cream with warm raspberries. ;-) 

Conclusion: varied hiking trails and fantastic views accompanied us on our daily stages. From lonely moorland to exciting irrigation channels and adventurous mountain trails – there was everything a hiker’s heart desires. Last but not least, thanks to the cosy accommodation and the warm hospitality, the hiking trip will be remembered for a long time to come.

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