Riding down the memory lane back to my childhood. Twice during this year´s summer vacation I´ve been riding the bike around some of the lakes in Salzkammergut. Traunsee, Attersee, Mondsee and Irrsee – going back to some of my favourite childhood places.
I started my ride in St Lorenz (Mondsee), riding south/east towards the end of the lake and over to the neighbouring lake – Attersee. Continuing towards Unterach, rolling along the eastern route of lake Attersee, just beneath the peaks of “Höllengebirge” (including my favourite childhood hiking spot “Hochlecken”) towards Seewalchen.
Stopping for a coffee break next to Schloss Kammer – based a beautiful peninsula in Seewalchen this favourite summer vacation spot of Gustav Klimt is the castle of my ancestors – I fully understand why they chose to live here …
Continuing my ride on the western side of Attersee. Passing the picturesque villages of Litzlberg, Attersee and Nussdorf, over hilly roads back towards Unterach and lake Mondsee. Following the road along the eastern side of the lake (beautiful views of the mountains Drachenwand, Schafberg) towards Mondsee town.
After a short stop next to the monastery of Mondsee our ride continued up the hills towards lake #3 on this trip. “Irrsee” – literally translated “mad lake”, maybe named after the vast amount of mad car drivers passing me at more than 100 kilometres per hour …
Deciding to rescue ourselves to the little strip reserved for walking/biking we continued the last couple of kms on the eastern side of the lake. Then continuing our ride on the scenic little road on the western part of Irrsee. Great views back to Dachstein glacier and Drachenwand while we riding back to Mondsee and St Lorenz.
On my way back to Ramsau I had to pass by my aunt & grandparents. Of course, not without stopping at the place where I learned to ski at age 2: Hochlecken Skilifts – still looking the same as 38 years ago. Same little hut where I had my favourite noodle soup for lunch, same old T-lift taking me up the hill as in the 70s. Not to forget the same downhill slope where I competed in skiing races back in the days.
In Altmünster am Traunsee – my hometown – I had to get a grilled char from Trawöger – my childhood favourite from the best fisherman in town.
One thing really hit me during these two days riding around my childhood places. Why the heck did I not realise earlier that this is the perfect place for biking (both road- and mountain biking)? Such a great scenery, ideal roads for rolling & pacing, but also great hills training for the polka dot jersey.
Wanna follow my track? Find the GPS track for roadbiking here: