The Hohe Salve dominates the village of Soll in the Wilder Kaiser valley. It is the highest point in the BergWelt at some 1900m. During our panoramaweg walk from the Hartkaiser in Ellmau it seemed so near but with the paths meandering around the meadows it took a good 4 hours to reach Hochsoell where the mid cable-car station whisks you up to the summit the easy way ;-) More info on the gondolas in the transportation tips.
UPDATE 2011 - the summit path is now an interesting 30 minute sundial trail - all different types which I found so fascinating - it took me longer than 30 mins anyway!
From the summit there is a 2 stage gondola which goes down to the town of Hopgarten in the Brixental valley
On top of the mountain , with the mountain panorama restaurant at the background , on the side where you can watch the sun setting down...
Or paragliders take off...
The pic was taken at the end of the season 2001/ 02
Ted made it possible for me to stay in Austria, for what I will always have him in my thoughts. Thank you, Ted for giving me a hand back in the time.
Fate takes away from us the ones she loves the most I guess...Rest in peace...
The sunset over the endless peaks of the alps is a one of a kind experience.
Take the last gondola to Hohe Salve and wait till the sun sets down....
If you are lucky to have some clowds, it will make the view even more beautiful...
Warning - once the sun has hit the horizon, it gets dark very fast - make sure you know your way down. Bring a lamp with you. Enjoy!!
A short 15 minute detour from the village centre of Soell leads to a small lake - the Moorsee. From the centre of Soll go right at the mini golf course pass it and take the road that goes up through the forest to the small lake. Should only take about 15 mins to reach it. It didn't look the best of places for a swim - perhaps they clean it up a bit more for the summer - but for me it was a great place to catch a reflection of the Wilder Kaiser mountain range :-)
For a longer walk take the paths for Scheffau and the Hintersteinersee - a much nicer lake for bathing - this should take about 3 hours to reach from Moorsee.
Typical of austrian villages, the centre is often dominated by an onion-domed church and Soell is no different. Around it the imaculately kept cemetry was so colourful with its flowers and grave adornments.
At Hochsoell if you are able its worth taking the circular path that contours around the 4 Alms or alpine meadows: Stoecklalm, Salvenmoos, Hochsoell and Gruendlalm.
Should take about an hour but much longer if you linger to enjoy the various activities like the Hexenwasser pools (see later) the wood carving and local farming displays of traditional bread making.
The alpine panorama at the top of the Hohe Salve was even more impressive than I had remembered from our visit some years ago. The plentiful snow from the preceding winter was still evident on the high peaks and added to the panoramc vista. A 30 minute stroll on a path around the summit is available and boards will indicate the mountains you can see. Always evident though was the biggest - the Grossglockner. Looked even better with my new mega zoom on the camera :-))
Just by the gondola station half way up the Hohe Salve is the "Hexenwasser" or Witches water path which consists of about 30 stations dealing with the topic of "water" in different ways: For example, there is a Kneipp basin, a barefoot path, a water maze - endless fun for kids and especially so on a hot spring day, it was a great way to cool off.
Just a closer detail of some of the frescoes here on the Hotel Postwirt. I'm wondering if it used to be a coach house - anyway I really liked the detail of the horses and carriages just above its doorway.
The village centre of Soell is fairly small - the church a few shops, restaurants and hotels.
The main hotel in the centre is the Postwirt - worth a look for the colourful frescoes with adorn its facade and gabled windows.
At 1829 meters altitude, on the summit of the Hohe Salve, is Austria's highest situated church, the "Salvenkirchlein". The origins of this church are cloaked in numerous legends and sagas. Inside the porch area the walls are covered with pictures amd memorials to loved ones who have passed away.
A short walk up from the Hochsoll gondola is this pretty little pilgrimage church atop a rock at the foot of the Hohe Salve Its called Stampfanger - due to its site also known as "at the stone" - which can only be reached over a covered bridge with a shingled roof. It was first constructed in 1660, then rebuilt in 1757. At that time the simple, octagonal central part of the building was enlarged with the sanctuary containing the altar; and the tower (after its prior elevation) was adorned with an onion-shaped dome.
If you feel like suntanning, there is hothing easier after taking a run....Catch some sun around the cattle houses that are spead everywhere around the slopes.
A view to the back of the Mountain , to the valley of Brixen, Kirchberg and world famous High Life resort Kitzbuhel