Many questions about the valley, its people, traditions, language, culture, farming methods and history had been asked during the week so a visit to the local museum gave a fascinating insight into how this special Grosses Walsertal valley (a proclaimed UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2000) has developed.
We then grabbed our poles and headed to a charming little village which lies in the valley floor. The walk along the flowing crystal clear water and through the forest gave a different perspective to the high mountainside Nordic Walks we'd been doing on previous days. It was however, no less spectacular.
As we came over a crest in what seems like wilderness, suddenly before us sat a beautiful and grand guesthouse with a chapel, a sparkling fountain, outdoor tables and umbrellas and many people leisurely enjoying lunch - all so civilised!
We did as the other folk were doing and enjoyed a long and delicious lunch - second orders for sweets were had by some as the homemade cakes and strudels were just too good to pass.
Our Nordic Walk back took as past surprising and stunning grottos and steep narrow canyons carved out by millenia of fast and powerful flowing alpine water. As we neared the cars to return our hotel, dark clouds and some thunder started clapping - the first sketchy weather we had encountered for the whole tour.
Tomorrow is our last day, how sad. :-(