Grünbach-Geländ 14.9.2020

A walk along the southern foothills of Hohe Wand and up to the Geländ.

I drive to Grünbach and into the hamlet of Lupard. From there, I first explore the southern slopes of Hohe Wand.

Along a forest road ...

 ... and down along a narrow path.

Still some flowers out: Common toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)

Origanum (Origanum vulgare)

Fruitifications of hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum)

This Alpine thistle (Carduus defloratus) has two visitors - a pair of Silver-washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia).


I turn back at the inn "Seiser Toni" and walk back along the grassland to Lupard.

Grünbach in the hollow, with Schneeberg behind and far right the Geländ, the southwestern end of the Hohe Wand.

Schneeberg and Geländ.

First, I decide to walk the short leg to the Rastkreuz saddle zu gehen. Info plates on the way ...


 ... and flowers, this one is a horse mint (Mentha longifolia).

On the Rastkreuz saddle, I have a short break, and we (Luy, Bella and me) treat ourselves with a drink. The signposts say half an hour up to the G´länd. We can do that.


Wonderful rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) along the path - full with fruits this year, so that the branches are hanging down.

Another grassland, a bit higher on another small saddle. View to the Dürre Wand.

View down to Grünbach.


Panoramic view to Grünbach, as seen from the Geländ. Hohe Wand with the Plackles to the left. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.

Approaching the summit on a nice flower grassland.

Common toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)

Alpine cyclamen (Cyclamen purpurascens)

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

Austrian dwarf gentian (Gentianella austriaca)

The house on the Gelände only opens on weekends.

View from the Gelände hut over Puchberg to Schneeberg.

I opt for the more knee-saving descent via the forest road. In the cool shadow, a very last flowering exemplar of hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum)

Fringed gentian (Gentianopsis ciliata) along the path ...

 ... and willow gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea) 

Shortly before the end of the walk, on a orchard meadow, autumn crocus(Colchica autumnale)

Coming home, there is a special visitor in my garden: a European mantis (Mantis religiosa)