Want to join Ingrid Simma-Isenberg for a hike via her home village of Au? Along the way, those who accompany her consciously search for special medicinal herbs. This makes the hike extra special as one learns more about local flora while also enjoying a meditative experience.
If you climb a mountain in the Bregenzerwald with Ingrid Simma-Isenberg, be warned: the trip won’t be quick. After all, the Au native cares little for reaching the summit or testing her personal limits. She prefers instead to slow things down and to concentrate on the details that become apparent along the way. As a trained herbal specialist, she can hardly take a step without discovering a herb, plant or a special butterfly, then observing it closely and explaining more about it to those who have joined her. At the end of a hike with her, one feels deeply relaxed and enriched having learned more about the local environment. One of her preferred routes leads past countless gathering places featuring diverse herbs. The journey starts in her home village of Au. To arrive at the first herb harvest site, we head from the church towards the tennis court and then continue through a copse of leaves. “It’s an especially beautiful area. For me, hiking here is an almost meditative experience.” Up high, after the first ascent towards the Ahornen mid-elevation pasture, we enjoy beautiful views over the villages of Au and Schoppernau as well as the Kanisfluh massif.