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April 2001


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.







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




A pretty view driving through northern Austria.




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





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Garmisch Train2

The first leg to Zugspitz – the train!



Grainau Church1

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




Cable Car 4

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.





cablecar down2

Going up, up, up…….




Cable Car 2

up, up, ….




Zugspitz summit1

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




Garmisch Valley 3

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




Austria Side 2

Looking towards Austria from the summit.



Danger Doorway

Advice well taken.



Flying bones1

A wooden bird feeder at the summit.

The ribs are filled with bird food.




Austria Side Triol

Looking over the Austria side towards Triol.



family summit

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

 (Sorry about the glare)



Mother and Spencer on Summit

Gee, Mom, it’s a LONG way down!



Spencer on Summit 2

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





Summit Weather Station

The Summit weather station. 

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





DT Garmisch

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





Ice Cream

Time for an ice-cream break!



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



Garmische region 2

The Garmische area is frequently foggy in the mornings.



Garmische building

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.



Garmische doorway

Another painted façade on a building entrance.


Garmische man and shop

This man was busy in the shop behind his house.

Think he might have enough firewood for the winter?



Garmische postal bike

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






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Garmische and Zugspitz Mountain.


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