Cycling to Bregenz, Austria, country #3

Leaving Garmisch was a little daunting as it was still rainy and foggy, and security stops were being readied along the roadside.We had decided to tackle the trek through the forest on a dirt road rather than taking a longer route on paved roads. The road was fine and cyclable most of the way, with a few steep inclines that I chose to walk.

Bike trail leaving Garmisch
Bike trail leaving Garmisch
Forest road headed to Lake Plansee from Garmisch
Forest road headed to Lake Plansee from Garmisch

 

When we descended out of the forest, we came to the beautiful lake Plansee where we stopped for a coffee and apple torte. We continued around the lake  and  on to Nesselwang through a valley that  made for easy cycling.

On the shores of Lake Plansee
On the shores of Lake Plansee

 

Our second day brought us to Weimer, Simmerburg where we searched and searched for a B and B, ending in  a very nice hotel, Tannebaum. (main part of which was under construction – but this separate “manor house” was being used instead).

Riding through the valley towards Nesselwang
Riding through the valley towards Nesselwang

 

The next day took us on to Bregenz, Austria   with a wonderful downhill run into the city and a short ride to locate the train station where we were able to get tickets to take us to Oberalpspass, our starting point for our cycle trip “down” the Rhine.

Downhill into Bregenz, Austria
Downhill into Bregenz, Austria

We arrived at 8:00 pm and the only choices we had after exiting the train were to stay in the B and B/hotel there or to begin our cycle down the snowy mountain pass. We opted to spend an expensive night on top of the mountain near the source of the Rhine – referred to as the Rheinquelle.

View of the train station at Oberalpspasse, top of the Alps
View of the train station at Oberalpspasse, top of the Alps

Next stop, Cycling the Rhine, from Switzerland to the North Sea