The Bavarian region of Allgäu is without a doubt a treasure trove of incredible landscape photography locations. Just imagine small picturesque villages on the shores of the beautiful crystal-clear lakes, mountains towering above it all – and you’ll get an idea. Some of you probably know it by the famous Neuschwanstein castle, but Allgäu is much more than that. Over the years, this part of Germany has become one of my favorite hunting grounds for the new vistas. So today I would like to tell you about a place in Allgäu that is well concealed, less known, and harder to reach, but will definitely be worth your while. Join me on a hike to lake Schrecksee.
The Hooker Valley Track is easily the most popular hiking route in the Mount Cook National Park. With lovely alpine scenery at every turn of the road, it’s easy to see why people love it. Many even consider it one of the best half-day hikes in New Zealand’s South Island. And yet, much as I’d love to join all the praise, I cannot. Don’t get me wrong – Hooker Valley Track is a lovely and beautiful walk. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
As a landscape photographer, I truly enjoy how unpredictable and full of surprises nature can be. It’s amazing how sometimes you find beauty where you never quite anticipated it. Moraine Ridge Walk at Lake Tasman in Mount Cook National Park is exactly that type of place. We expected nothing more than a pleasant stroll to the lakeshore, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand.