Beyond the Tree Line of the Alps
For most of us lowlanders, the tree line is a fairly abstract notion. We know – well, most of us do – that trees not only refuse to “grow until they reach the sky” (to paraphrase a German proverb) but that they, at a certain elevation, simply refuse to grow at all.
To reach this tree line in central Europe, you have to take the road to climb up to heights of around 2000 metres or 6000 feet.
There is only one place in Europe where you can do that: in the Alps.
A walk on the road at the very edge of the tree line is a unique experience.
On one side, you have the world as you know it: green and lush, and on the other – well, not yet quite the desert as there is still plenty of grass, but you feel that you are beginning to enter the hostile territory of the high mountains.
And if you dare to take this mountain road and walk on – and higher up –, you may reach the Alps’ “final frontier” that even grass cannot breach.