As an Austrian, hiking is nothing new and nothing unusual. We are surrounded by the Austrian Alps and we hike as often as possible.
In the Kleinwalsertal valley in Vorarlberg I tried some unusual hiking ideas you should also try at least once in your life. (bucket list alert)
And if you´ve never been there, well, then it´s time. 😉
Barefoot Hiking at the Kleinwalsertal
I love being barefoot during summer but I never hiked barefoot. Our guide Florian Geis showed us the best places in the valley for walking barefoot while being mind-ful.
After taking of my comfortable shoes, we walked through the Schwarzwasserbach, a creek with ice cold mountain water.
While taking pictures and filming with the GoPro I lost my guest card after a minute in the water. Too bad it was too cold to get into the deeper water, where it sunk. With the guest card I was able taking the bus along the Kleinwalsertal for free. (Not anymore). 🙂
With Elena, Fee and Lara I walked barefoot over little stones, through mud and moss. I really enjoyed it after my feet got used to the stony ground.
Hiking barefoot was a relaxing feeling and after this experience with Florian from Wege zum Sein I´m sure I will hike and walk barefoot more often.
After a warm morning walking barefoot the weather turned cold in a couple of hours. Hiking now with shoes again was shorter than planned. It started raining and Lydia was only able to show us a couple of herbs along the path. We had to start the herb workshop earlier but that wasn’t bad at all.
We had more time making our own healing salve and a herbal peeling. I enjoyed watching Lydia making the products and loved it even more when I was able to cut and grind my own herbal products.
It was a fun day at the Kleinwalsertal and I learned a lot. If you see me flying around one day on a broom don´t be surprised. Maybe I will be a (herb) witch soon too. 😀
Here´s our video about the Kleinwalsertal. Enjoy (in HD for best results):
If you like nature as much as I do I can highly recommend hiking barefoot and doing a herb workshop. I will visit Lydia from Alchemilla Montana again, learning more about healing and cooking with herbs.
Thanks to Kleinwalsertal for the invitation. The opinions are ours.