Austria - Alps - 5 summer days
Day 1. Driving from Stuttgart to AustriaWe've rented a car with Sixt and begun our journey at around 7:20.
Man, I miss driving in Europe! It seems that jackasses who take the left lane on a highway and remain stuck to it all the way till the destination, were all left in Ontario. In Europe, if the right lane is free, you must take it. And you appreciate the rule in just a moment once you joined an autobahn: when you are in a no-limit zone slowly moving 160, someone who wants to pass you at 220 definitely needs left lane free, so don't take it if you don't really need to. Just be careful, those guys jump and disappear from/to nowhere.
We did not waste day light stopping in the cities like Munich because are not big fans of churches or museums.
Being much more interested in green, wet and live things, we made our first stop (washroom breaks don't count) after 3 hours drive at Tatzelwurm Waterfall. It was just a small detour from the main route and definitely worth it. Short hike, stretched legs, a couple of selfies, and we are back on the road approaching Austrian border.
Next stop (in Austria): Kaiserklamm.
Timber was a major source of income in the Brandbergtal valley until the 20th century. The logs were drifted down the valley by the torrential Ache river. Trails made by woodsmen over the past few centuries make the Tiefenbach and the Kaiserklamm gorges accessible to the public.
We did our homework before the trip and found out that spending a 2-3 hours in this place on our first day drive may be a good idea, and yes it definitely was.
From the Kaiserhaus to the end of the gorge approx. 1 km and approx. 30 minutes walking time. Also count lunch time if you did not have it already, and hiking back to the car.
People suggest to bring a swimsuit on a hot day, the water is clean and refreshing. There are definitely a few places down the river, easily accessible from the road, where bathing permitted and make sense. We did not do it though because of still a long drive ahead, and not so hot weather. But you can keep the opportunity in mind.
Finally around 7PM we've arrived at Gastehaus Stotter in Neukirchen where we booked 3 nights. If interested, there are more pictures of the valley, some views and videos from our balcony here.
Day 2. Grossglockner
On our way to the toll booth, where we were going to test our Sommercards, we briefly stopped by 2 other places: Stubachtal and Enzingerboden.
The second one looked very promising from Internet and we were going to take a seilbahn (cable car) up to the mountains and watch the glacier there, but apparently most of funiculars are open only on weekends or after June 20. Keep that in mind if you do want to hang there; we did that before in Grand Teton National Park and were not very impressed.
Day 3. Krimml Waterfalls
Day 4. Gerlos Pass
If you drive down the Gerlos Strasse and stop at the free parking lot downstairs the Gasthaus Seestuberl
you then can climb up the stairs and find a restaurant, a souvenir shop and a hiking trail going on the top of the dam around the lake. Some impressive equipment is right there in the South-West corner of the lake, and by looking at it you can actually figure out how the water level in the lake changes at different times: