January 9, 2018
Von Chris Peters
Since May 6, 2014 we know! Watzmann is the most beautiful mountain in the world. This is what the readers of the magazine "Bergsteiger" wanted. And anyone who has ever stood in front of him, possibly even in the early morning, and seen him that way, may have thought the same thing.
But if you have seen a dozen landscape photographers lined up like a string of pearls with their tripods next to the small country road in the meadow to capture this moment, you know why there are too many pictures of this view. And he may have wondered if there are other beautiful perspectives of the most beautiful mountain in the world. And yes, there are.
But: To get there you have to put up with several hours of walking. And if you want to experience sunrise and sunset, you will probably have to pack your bivouac equipment. The way through the Wimbachgries is long, but the landscape is great. A wild and rustic area, and perhaps the most beautiful in autumn:
The Wimbachgries is a stream of debris that starts to move when there is heavy rainfall, which can be seen quite clearly here:
Those who arrive at the summit of Hirschwieskopf at 2114m will notice that the summit is actually more a meadow than a summit. But the best thing is that one does not see the Watzmann at all during the ascent, only when one reaches the highest point, it suddenly stands in front of one like a mighty castle made of rock, unapproachable, steep, impressive.
And if you have a heart for mountain landscapes, you are simply overwhelmed. A dream place in the middle of the national park. No famous summit, this Hirschwieskopf, therefore left out by many, but wrongly. Where else can one feel so much in the centre of the national park as here?
Wimbachgries on the left, Königssee on the right, and the colossus Watzmann in the middle. Also in the other direction you have a beautiful view: into the Steinerne Meer to the Schönfeldspitze.
Wilde Palfelhörner against the light
In the early morning the long shadow of the mountain on which I am standing down to Wimbachgries.
The view into the wild rockfalls on the south side of the Watzmann
And at some point the decision is made: one day I will move in here: