31.7.2017: Seiser Alm

We kept the tour to the Seiseralm for the last day, for which the best weather was forcast.

The day starts with residual clouds from yesterday┤s thunderstorm.

Morning walk around the lake with Lucy.

Different view from our balcony as compared with yesterday┤s evening.

After a drive down to Brixen, down the Eisack valley and back up to Kastelruth and Seis, we arrived at the funicular. The toll road only can be used by the public till 9 a.m.

The scratched acrylic glass windows are not suited for pictures, regrettably. After our arrival, we only can adumbrate the huge dimension of this mountain pasture (they say it is Europe┤s largest one) ...

We walk down a bit to the funicular up on Puflatsch.

Here, there is an open window, so I can take this picture from the Schlern.

Panoramic picture (about 270 degrees) of the Seiser Alm, as seen from Puflatsch. Langkofel group far left, then Ro▀zahn, Schlern far right. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Schlern (2.563 m), as seen from Puflatsch.

Langkofel gruop with the Langkofel (left, 3.181 m) and the Plattkofel (right, 2.969 m), as seen from Puflatsch.

We cross the Puflatsch plateau in a large curve, back to the funicular down to Seis. Yesterday┤s thunderstorm has left its traces.

We considered about those horses standing alternately, and concluded, that one horse┤s tail protects the other┤s head from flies.

Hailstone cornice (or was it tranported by water?)

Langkofel grop, as seen from Puflatsch ...

Schlern, as seen from Puflatsch.

Langkofel grop, as seen from Puflatsch ...

270 degree panoramic picture from Puflatsch. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Puflatsch - Plateau with the Schlern.

View North to the Stubai and Zillertal Alps.

A short rest at the Arnica hut.

View North to the Zillertal Alps.

Zillertal Alps

View down to Kastelruth.

We now walk at the very edge of the plateaus, with gorgeous views down in some places.

Still hailstones in shady places.

Sarntal Alps to the west.

Zillertal Alps with glaciers.

Kastelruth

Schlern

Puflatsch and Schlern

Panoramic picture from Puflatsch (Dosser Schwaige) to the Seiser Alm. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Panoramic picture from Puflatsch (Dosser Schwaige) to the Seiser Alm. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Heu crop at near 2.100 m asl.

Langkofel group.

Langkofel group.

Langkofel group.

Schlern

The funicular. The girls take the trip down, they have discaovered a sport shop at the valley station where they want to buy new walking shoes.

I am not yet ready, so once more I walk down a bit, ...

 ... and take the "Panorama" - chairlift that lifts me up on the opposite side of the Puflatsch.

Langkofel. In the foreground, inmidst the grass, a large limestone boulder. The last reminder in this place, all the other underground is crystalline here. The steep summits of the Dolomites are in some way huge variants of this boulder. The beauty of the Dolomites comes form the huge difference between the smooth hills beneath made of crystalline rocks (Bozner Porphyr) and the steep limestone peaks set upon.

I pass some huts

 ...

View from the chairlift to the Langkofel group.

270 degree panorama of the Seiser Alm, from above the summit station of the "Panorama" chairlift. Geisler group, Sella, Langkofel, with Marmolada behind to its right, Rosszahn and Schlern. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Panorama lift summit station with one of the many hotels up here, with the Geisler group in behind.

Hay crop at 2.000 m asl.

Glaciers of the Zillertal Alps.

Zooming in on the Marmolada (3.343 m).

Langkofel group.

Haystacks (not in the Lakes :-) )

Zillertal glaciers.

360 degree panoramic picture of the Seiser Alm, as seen from near the Laurin hut. Schlern, Puflatsch (where we┤ve been in the morning), Geisler group, Langkofel group, Rosszahn. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Schlern

A most welcome refreshment.

Nearly back at the funicular, in the meantime surrounded by a small village of hotels and shops. During the winter, here is a skiing- and cross country-skiing centre

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