photos around GAP - 7 -
These do not really count as tips, but then again, what is better than a good photo to tell a story? There are still some old buildings of the old style in and around GAP. However, the land is so expensive, that as people pass away, the lots are usually cleared and newer, larger, multiple family houses are built in their place. This is a real shame, as it is completely changing the character of GAP and it is slowly losing its charm. New is not always better.
Spend a Night in the UNIQUE Igloo Village
Bet you don't know what you have missed if you haven't visited the unique Igloo Village!!!
The Igloo Hotel is made out of 3 Romantic Igloos, 4 Group Igloos and an Igloo Bar! Spend a night in one of the igloos and experience an unforgettable night as an Eskimo.
local fare with local flare - 3 -
As I said, the true test of a locale is the locals that frequent it. There is nothing worse than being in a local beer stuebe, and being surrounded by tourists.
However, here is some German you may need to know.
Kann ich ein bier haben, bitte? Kann ich zwei bier haben, bitte? Kann ich drei bier haben, bitte?
Can I have a beer please?
Ich hatte gerne ein Jaeggerschnitzel und ein bier, bitte.
I would like a Jaggerschitzel and a beer please.
Durfen wir bezahlen bitte?
May we pay please?
When they say,
Hat es gut geschmekt?
You may answer, Ja, es hat gut geschmekt, danke.
Yes, it tasted good, thank you.
That along with Gruess Gott (greetings from God) and Aufwiedersehen (good bye) should get you through your first visits, and will impress your hosts with your willingness to try the language. Never underestimate this politeness.
Hike and Cablecar Alpspitze
Another beautiful place in Garmische. On this day, early June, we had our children along with us. We took the cablecar up the Alpspitze and did a little hiking and playing in the snow with the kids. It was clear and warm enough for short sleeve shirts and only became a little cold after throwing some snow with the kids. Nothing beats playing in the snow in June then sitting down with a warm cup of chocolate.
Zugspitze Border Crossing
The boundary between West Germany (as it was then) and Austria runs across the Zugspitze peak, and back in the 1980s there was a border crossing at the summit. There was a ski-lift and resort on the Austrian side as well, so it was quite natural to go back and forth from one country to the other. And back in the old days before the Maastricht agreements, borders in Europe really meant something. Ah, the Old Europe, I remember it well. . .