Weekend Mountain Blogging: To The Gletschermühle


A walk through the quiet and somewhat mysterious Ullwald, in the shadow of the Patscherkofel, earlier this week.


The local sights include the Gletschermühle, a small “glacial mill” carved into the stone by thousands of years of ice age melt.


As water poured off the melting glacier, the churning water, mixed with stones, hollowed out a “kettle” in the rock below.


When I scrambled over the rocks to the other, lower side, an idea struck me. Although this “carving” is a natural formation, it must have been important to earlier inhabitants due to its rarity. And if 4000 B.C. Man was really no less genetically primitive than 2000 A.D. Man, he would have to have been impressed with this rock face in a majorly theatrical way, as backdrop for ritual. Perhaps the massive cathedral high altar of today is a descendants of the mass of rocks behind the priestess/priest. My camera couldn’t do it justice, unfortunately.

Not far away, what 2000 AD Man has been up to: A stone labyrinth, close to the Mühlsee tram station.

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7 Responses to Weekend Mountain Blogging: To The Gletschermühle

  1. xandimusic says:

    Nice pics, love our alps!!

  2. Paschberg says:

    When I scrambled over the rocks to the other, lower side, an idea struck me. Although this “carving” is a natural formation, it must have been important to earlier inhabitants due to its rarity……
    Sounds v e r y plausible – maybe this place is the “Mother of the cup marked stones”
    Btw. the glacier mill is seldom seen without ponding water. Due to the drought of the last weeks.

  3. Marcellina says:

    “Mother of the cup marked stones”
    Hah! Well I got the idea from your blog entry from last year, after all.

    I also went through the wooded parts of the Rosengarten (gegenüber vom Goldbichl) to try to find a Schalenstein mentioned on the internet. I had no success (yet), and the Grünwalderhof is closed for vacation. It is apparently shown to hotel guests when they sign up for a nature tour.

  4. weltbeobachterin says:

    o yeah, i know Gletschermühle – a great place to stay!

  5. Marcellina says:

    WeBe, do you mean the one in Bad Gastein? I guess there are several of these things around the country.

  6. weltbeobachterin says:

    no, I mean this one in Igls.

  7. Marcellina says:

    Ah yes, you were there! I remember now from the “Milch-o-mats”.

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