Allgäu, Europe, Germany, Hiking, Hiking Allgäu, Hiking for Beginners, Hiking Trails
Leave a comment

Ice Ravine Without Ice

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

One of my main goals for 2013 was to explore the Allgäu further and get to know the area I am living in a bit better. Now that I am living here for more than 1 1/2 years, it was about time to visit places close to me that I have not been to before. That is why when my friend from the UK stopped by for a weekend visit, we took her on a hiking tour through the Ice ravine close to Maierhöfen.

But as usually, things always turn out differnt than planned. The ice ravine has been on my travel wish list ever since I moved to the Allgäu more than a year and a half ago as I was told that you can take amazing pictures down there! Of course, when I finally got there, I grabbed my camera, took the first picture and BUMMER… I did not bring a memory card… So what do you do without a memory card? One solution I thought of was the little shop at the entrance but they did not sell memory cards and after calling every tiny petrol station in the area, I had to accept that there was no way of getting a memory card. As nobody else brought a camera, I had to walk through an amazing landscape without taking any pictures.

I know, I could have taken pictures with my smartphone but I was too sad and disappointed about myself that I was just not in the mood for that!

Afterwards, I did not feel like writing about our hike on my blog either because what would a blog post be without pictures to actually prove how beautiful the ice ravine really is?

There was only one solution to make that happen: Going there again! And that is what we did approximately 2 weeks later with my boyfriends parents – and this time I double triple checked that I had all my camera equipment with me to finally take the great pictures, I wanted to take in the first place.

So please join me on a journey through 10 million years of history of our earth which is also an Eldorado for every photographer:

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

 

If you bring your swimming gear, you can even take a refreshing bath on the way!

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Only a short walk to Ebratshofen where you can indulge some delicious Allgäu food and a refreshing glass of beer. But first, you will walk across some other great landscapes:

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

 Beautiful Allgäu houses to be found in the little villages around the ice ravine which you have to cross on your way back

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

 A typical Allgäu snack after the hike consists of yummy sausage salad or a “Brotzeit” (bread with sausage and cheese). This is perfectly accompanied by a fresh and ice cold class of beer!

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

 Nobody has to feel thirsty over here

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

 Isn’t this caterpillar extremely cute???

Eistobel, Maierhöfen, Allgäu

During winter, you can enter this area only at your own risk as it gets really really icy and slippery down there but I cannot stop thinking about the great photo opportunities that will arise there during the winter months. Thus, I am definitely thinking about going down there again in winter with the right shoes and outfit.

What do you think? Should I go down there agin during the snowy and icy days of winter?

This post is also available in: German

Leave a Reply