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Estonian islands. Hiiumaa and Kassari

We spent a week in Estonia to visit my family and friends. Therefore it wasn't a typical tourist trip but we still did some sightseeing. Our trip started from the second largest island Hiiumaa. Despite its size (989 sq km) Hiiuma doesn't have much inhabitants - only about 8500. The central part of the island is mainly covered with forests and bogs and there are very few villages.

Next to Hiiumaa is another island called Kassari. Kassari is the 5th largest island of Estonia but it's so close to Hiiumaa that you might even not notice driving over a small bridge and getting to another island.

It's a perfect place for nature lovers - you can hike in the forests or camp on the beaches without being much interrupted by the others.

We had a small road trip and visited following places:
Orjaku nature trail - you can walk between the reed and junipers and there is a bird watching tower where you can observe the bird life at protected Käina Bay. Kassari Museum - it is a sm…

Conquering Kanisfluh

Kanisfluh (2044 m) is a mountain known for its special shape. To get there we took a bus from Bregenz to Mellau and then went up to Roßstelle mountain station (1395 m) by cable car.

From there we started to hike. We still had to go 650 meters higher. It had rained for 2 days before so occasionally the hiking path was very wet and muddy. We really had to pay attention on where we were stepping.

 In the beginning we were passing by quite a lot of cows and also some goats. Then the trail continued through the forest with lots of bilberries under the trees.

The higher we got the less trees and the more flowers there were. Less trees meant also less shade.

Finally we arrived to the top. We were not the only ones. There were quite a lot of people having a lunch stop on top. The views are really magnificent.

On a way down we stopped at a small eating place (Alpe Wurzach). Be aware that you can only get different variations of bread, cheese and meat there. There are no options for vegan…

Lindau - adorable small town on Lake Constance

Lindau is a small German town that is located very close to Bregenz. In fact, it is so close that you could easily bike there from Bregenz. Our original plan was actually to hike in Bregenz region but rain ruined this plan. So instead we decided to use the rainy day to visit Lindau. We took a train to get there. In the afternoon the weather got sunny and we returned to Bregenz by boat.

The old town of Lindau is located on a small island. One day is enough to see it all and best is to do it on foot. The lighthouse and Bavarian Lion sculpture are quite some attractions but there are also other sites to see. Historic town hall has amazing paintwork on both sides, plus a library with some of the earliest printed documents. You can also see the original translation of the Bible by Martin Luther (from 1534).

There are several small towers along the lake that look like they have escaped from a fairytale.

There are several churches where you can go in. My personal favorite was the small ch…

Bregenz: opera between the lake and the mountains

Bregenz is a small Austrian town at Lake Constance. It is famous for its opera festival with the biggest stage in the world built onto the water. You can see the festival grounds in the photo above - it's the black construction in the lake.

Opera festival was the main reason why we decided to go to Bregenz. The tickets are sold out quite quickly, we booked ours half a year before, same with the accommodation. The opera (Carmen) was fantastic and really spectacular. I think it will not be the last time we visit this festival.

Since Bregenz area is really nice, we actually stayed for 3 nights and explored the surroundings - the Alps in Austria and Lindau in Germany. There will be separate posts about both.

As I already mentioned, Bregenz is a small town. It is possible to see everything within one day, we spread the sightseeing out on two days. The first day we visited the museums, the second day we went up to Lägern mountain with the cable car and hiked back down. Since it was re…