Into the Gaulschlucht

We continue our journey after an ample breakfast in Munich and arrive at our destination, the Vettererhof in Lana, at around 2 pm. The view from our balcony passes muster :-)

View from the balcony

KnödeltrisAfter a little rest, unpacking our suitcases and a quick run for groceries we head for dinner at the Rebmannkeller. The loss of the Verve – one of my favourite restaurants in Bielefeld – and its magnificent Knödeltris (bread dumplings) is still fresh in my mind, so I go for the obvious choice from the menu.

The next day, we decide to start small and pick out a walk through the Gaulschlucht, a ravine which starts in the middle of Lana. On our way there, we walk along one of Lana’s main streets and through a pedestrian-only shopping zone and get a first impression of the place. There may be more pristine villages in South Tyrol, but everything important is just a short walk away.

Just behind the bridge which leads over the Falschauer river there are signs pointing the way into the ravine. The way continues over paved, then forest walkways, always following the river (and occasionally crossing it on swaying plank bridges) and leading deeper into the ravine. Several warning signs point out the danger of flash floods, but we saunter on undeterred ;-)

Unfortunately, the way is blocked after only 3 kilometers (about 1.9 miles) for security reasons. We sit down at the riverside for a while and enjoy the fresh, cool air before we head back.

Cat near Castle BraunfelsOn the way back we follow an unlabeled path uphill, startle a dozing cat and end up on the road just below Castle Braunsberg. We decide to take a small coffee break at the Hotel Braunsbergerhof, which is luring us in with promises of a “panorama patio”, and to then pay a spontaneous visit to the castle afterwards.

While we are enjoying our coke & apple strudel, the water does catch up with us suddenly – not from the river, but from straight up above. We seek protection under the awning and wait for the rain and thunder to end before we return straight to the Vettererhof. Maybe some other time, Castle Braunsberg!

Details of this tour

Street bridge over the Falschauer river – follow the signs pointing to the “Gaulpromenade”
Hotel Braunsbergerhof
3.5 km (2.17 miles)

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