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Striking Stubaital: A Leader’s Odyssey - Eileen Lyons

Blog post   •   Oct 07, 2012 16:26 BST

Tirolean Summer  8 July – 19 August, 2012

Schönes Stubaital (beautifulStubaital)

Once again July approaches and Paul and I prepare for a six-week spell in the lovely Tirolean valley of Stubaital. Excitement mounts, we know it of old, we’ve had many a holiday there and this is our third year with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays leading Tirolean Summer.

From the lowlands of Munich the mountains beckon, the pre Alps and the Upper Inn Valley, the NordKette and the spires of Innsbruck, the Europa Bridge – and there it is: Stubaital. Dominating the valley there is the König Serles, the valley’s formidable guardian, giving way to the Elfer, Zwölfer and towering over them the Habicht.

Heading for the Elfter lift

Opposite lies the Schlicker Valley where the pinnacles of the Kalkkögel and the Burgstall give way to the 3000m peaks and the glaciers of the Oberbergtal. At the head of the valley is the Stubaier glacier, which is shrinking a little but still a brooding presence.

Amongst all this splendour is our hotel Donnerhof, in Fulpmes, with a huge terrace looking up the valley and a pool and sauna below, perfect to ease into and relax after a day’s walking in the mountains.

We love to watch our weary travellers from Rambler Worldwide Holidays settle into this incredibly relaxed and homely hotel and fall for the charms of Elisabeth, the manager and owner.

Somehow she gets to know all her guests, both ourselves and others, personally and makes sure all are content during their stay and quite a few come back again and again.

A real delight is brought about when it is time for  “Kaffe und Kuchen” on the terrace. Over a lovely slice of cake and a brilliantly brewed coffee, everyone chats about the day’s walk and compares stories.

This might be bettered only by a cool beer or / and a swim in the outdoor pool looking up to Serles followed by a sauna or a steam…it should be said Paul’s group doesn’t always get their priorities right! Spending so much time on the peaks that they get back too late for the terrace attractions. Shame, really!

However, fear not as there is always the pre-dinner beer instead, followed by a four-course meal, the dishes rarely repeated over a fortnight.

Good Walking, Good Company

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