Weekend Mountain Blogging

We begin on the Wiesengasse (“meadow alley”), site of the former Roman Road connecting the Via Raetia with the lower Inn valley on the south side of town. This is a copy of the Roman milestone (from 201 AD, originally across the street) which now resides in the Ferdinandeum.

The hamlet of Vill, behind it the always lovely Serles.

In Vill, one can visit the open-air museum on a hill called the Goarmbichl — here are excavations of Raetian houses from 500 BC. They are similar to the house foundations on the Hohe Birga and at Himmelreich. I had just recently heard about them, although they are noted on the large trail signs all over this area.

Further east, past Lans and Sistrans, one encounters the Gletscher-Kapelle (glacier chapel) with a fine view in all directions. I assume it bears this name due to the fact that one can also see the Stubai Glacier from here.

And while we’re speaking of glaciers, this Schalenstein (rock with cup marking), on which the church in Aldrans rests, looks (to my dilettante eye) more like the Gletschermühle than a made-made cup. Small stones being pounded by centuries of falling water will do this to a boulder. What the pre-historic locals made of it is another matter.

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2 Responses to Weekend Mountain Blogging

  1. Paschberg says:

    I also suppose this to be a Gletschermühle -although severel writings say this is a cup marking. But those markings should be on the top of the stone, now maybe under the foundations of the tower.

  2. Marcellina says:

    That’s possible! I have often wondered what lies under some of these hill-top churches, or the castle at Kuftstein…

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