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South-East Germany

Garmisch

 

Zugspitz

 

April 2001

 

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On April 9th, we headed south to Garmisch, Germany on the Austrian border.  The big (and we do mean BIG – 9,000+ feet high) attraction there is Zugspitz, a mountain on the Germany/Austria border.  It was the site of the Winter Olympics several years ago, and is a skier’s dream come true.

 

Getting to the top required quite an adventure, starting with a regular train, then a cogwheel train (with a big toothed gear underneath that pulled the train along a special center track) to Eibsee.  From there, we rode a cable-car (about the size of a small van) up to the top.  At one point, we were several thousand feet above the ground, looking down on snowy peaks and valleys.  Mom did really well – she’s not one for heights, you know.  On the top, the observation building is half in Austria and half in Germany.  There’s even an official border crossing with customs and a guard! 

 

We were blessed with a remarkably clear day, and could look out over hundreds of square miles of southern Germany and northern Austria.

 

 

 

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We were in Austria briefly as the road loops through the Alps.

 

 

 

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A pretty view driving through northern Austria.

 

 

 

 

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Our Hotel in Garmisch. The Alps (and Zugspitz) are in the background.

 

 

Zugspitz

 

For more information:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zugspitze

 

 

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The first leg to Zugspitz – the train!

 

 

 

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On the second leg – the cog-wheel train – we went through Grainau, a quaint village.

 

 

 

 

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Now for the scary part of the adventure – the cable car ride to the top!

And we mean the VERY top of the highest peak.

 

 

 

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Going up, up, up…….

 

 

 

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up, up, ….

 

 

 

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Finally, the top!  The Summit Complex.  Half is in Germany, half is in Austria.

 

 

 

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View from the top of Zugspitz.  Looking down on Garmische and southern Germany.

 

 

 

 

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Looking towards Austria from the summit.

 

 

 

 

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Advice well taken.

 

 

 

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A wooden bird feeder at the summit.

The ribs are filled with bird food.

 

 

 

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Looking over the Austria side towards Triol.

 

 

 

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A family picture at the summit of Zugspitz  -- just over 9000 feet.

 (Sorry about the glare)

 

 

 

 

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Gee, Mom, it’s a LONG way down!

 

 

 

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Spencer, the Master Photographer, at work on the summit.

 

 

 

 

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The Summit weather station. 

Let me guess – the forecast today is cold and snowy!

 

 

 

 

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After exploring the summit, we decided to explore the town of Garmische.

 

 

 

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Time for an ice-cream break!

 

 

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Garmische

 

The band traveled back to Garmische later that summer, and I took some pictures as I walked around town.

 

 

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The Garmische area is frequently foggy in the mornings.

 

 

 

 

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On the main street through town , you can find many old buildings like this.

The stonework and window frames are all painted on a smooth stucco exterior.

 

 

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Another painted façade on a building entrance.

 

 

 

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This man was busy in the shop behind his house.

Think he might have enough firewood for the winter?

 

 

 

 

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With the narrow streets, the Deutsche Post Office delivers the mail with these special bicycles.

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed

Garmische and Zugspitz Mountain.

 

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