Nature pools all its resources again on a sunny autumn day at Obernberger See lake, before gearing up for the long hibernation of winter. The water surface, flawlessly smooth like a precious mirror, shimmers in the most auspicious colours: the magical blue of lapis lazuli, delicate shades of turquoise with a hint of green, glittering Malachite and emerald. Expansive, yellow larch forests and the mighty Tribulaun peaks, sharply silhouetted against the incredibly deep blue sky, watch over this natural treasure trove at almost 1,600 metres above sea level. It is quiet, so very quiet and peaceful that you will be enveloped by calm when you stop to rest on a sun-warmed stone on the shores of the lake, and never want to leave this place again.
Take the exit for Nösslach from the Brennerautobahn motorway and turn off at Gries am Brenner, in the direction of Vinaders in the Obernbergtal Valley. Leave your car at the pay and display car park at the Gasthof Waldesruh at the end of the valley and walk for around three quarters of an hour along a forest trail, or take the slightly longer meadow trail, to the lake. Ambitious mountaineers can climb the Obernberger Tribulaun peaks and savour the lake view from above.
Gasthof Waldesruh rents out simple, affordable rooms with breakfast or half-board. Almis Berghotel in Obernberg focusses on stress-free, active recreation in nature and is the starting point of a Nature Watch hike. Head chef Seppi likes to gather fresh herbs himself, which he uses to season his delicious dishes.
Gasthaus Vinaders is located directly next to the church in Vinaders, at the entrance to the Obernbergtal Valley (making it the perfect place to wind down after a pleasant day in the mountains). Tip: the landlady bakes all the homemade cakes herself.