A few more photos from my week away in the Austrian Alps. On one of the days I managed to convince Matthias not to ski and he joined me and his mum on a walk through the high Alpine plaines. This was my first time in the "proper" mountains (Australian high country not with-standing) and it was really incredibly beautiful. I kept having those 'oh this is just like in the movies' moments.
An alm is apparently a small lake which provides water to cattle grazing on the high pasture during the summer. Too early for the cows, but we had a lovely walk listening to the birds busily preparing their spring nests and the water melting into rushing streams. At the end of the valley was this cute little Jausenstation serving small refreshments. Jausenstations traditionally only serve cold meat and cheese, but this little one had homemade Tirol dumpling (Tirolerknoedel) and Sauerkraut - perfect, hearty alpine food to warm us up before the walk back to the Valley.