Bicycle tour around Schneeberg 20.5.2005

After a rainy wednesday today on Friday cloudless, dark blue sky however cool yet (up to 20 C). A ride to Neunkirchen finally results in a ride around Schneeberg via Ternitz, Gloggnitz, Payerbach/Reichenau, Hoellental, Klostertal and Klostertaler Gscheid, Gutenstein, Pernitz, Waldegg, Dreistetten and Muthmannsdorf back to Winzendorf, 106 km all in all.

Schneeberg from its best side with new snow

Orchids (Dactylorhiza incarnata) on boggy grassland near Willendorf

View to Hohe Wand (Grosze Kanzel) from near Willendorf

Honesty (Lunaria annua), feral in the pine forest

Oilseed rape fields near Gloggnitz

View to Rax

Panorama near Gloggnitz. Click into the picture for a larger version

View to Rax shortly before Payerbach, Semmering railway to the far right

Goatsbeard (Tragopogon pratensis)

Weir on Schwarza near Hirschwang close to the cable railway on Rax. In the background Schneeberg from its southern side

Much muddy water in Schwarza after heavy rain

The valley is so narrow here, that a foto only can be managed with an "erected Panorama" made of two pictures

The elegant new footbridge over Schwarza, connecting the parking ground near the road and the paths to großes Hoellental with Weichtalhaus

View on the river from the bridge

Here a footpath to Schneeberg starts

The steep escarpments to Rax

Perennial Honesty (Lunaria rediviva)

Forget-me-not near the road

At times the valley (Hoellental = "hells valley") is a bit broader

Klostertal in its beginning

Cuckoo Flower, Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis) grows on the meadows

In the boggy valley ground several places with globe flowers (Trollius europaeus)

Boggy grassland in Klostertal; the orchids are just at their begi´nning, so they cannot be seen on this picture yet

Idyllic place at a beck near the road

View up to the western escarpments of Schneeberg

On the other side near Gutenstein yet flourishing apple trees

A last greeting from Schneeberg, this time seen from northern direction