Garmisch-Partenkirchen Off The Beaten Path

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    The Stepberg Alm - 1853 m

    by MrBill Updated Sep 1, 2004

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    Stepberg Alm

    WE did get one excellent hike in Garmisch to the Stepberg Alm, which was a steep ascent at a very quick hour and forty-five minute pace, straight-up. This only confirmed to me that I was not in great shape when it comes to hiking. It was my first real hike this summer, and I really noticed it in my legs, despite the swimming. As a matter of fact, I swam a lot before I left, and I sure felt the tiredness in my legs on the steep ascent. The good news was that my injured knee gave me no problem on the way down, despite having forgotten my tensor bandage, which I normally wear. However, I used poles on the less steep descent and was careful just in case.

    You do not have to do it with this intensity, but you should be in good overall cardiovascular condition, and the path can be steep, windy, and if wet, slippery.

    The Stepberg Alm is one of my favorite hikes around Garmisch. It is normally about a 4-hour tour for us, five for most, but we did it in around 3-hours last week. Not bad. Actually we cut an hour off the bottom bit by driving up to the drop-off parking zone. Cheaters, I know, but we know the bottom section so well, and it is flat and boring. The Stepberg Alm itself has been renovated this year. It is bigger, there is a larger inside area, and they have installed indoor plumbing. There used to be only outhouses. Other than that, thankfully, they did not ruin the charm of the hut. I am posting pictures of the Stepberg Alm on my Garmisch pages this afternoon. So you can check them out. I did not take too many pictures, but will post what I have.

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    Hike around the Eibsee

    by lareina Written Apr 21, 2004

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    Fresh air and amazing views

    Drive or bike south of Garmisch to Grainau and follow the signs to the Eibsee. This clear, cold lake lies at the foot of the Zugspitze mountain. A well-maintained path circumnavigates the lake and makes for an easy hour-long hike. In the warm months, people flock to the Eibsee to sun on the rocky beach and brave the water which warms up from ice cold to just plain cold. There is a hotel, restaurant with deck, and a paddleboat rental at the lake.

    Expect to pay a couple euro for parking at the lake or take the Eibsee bus from the Marienplatz in Garmisch.

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    Take to Germany's Highest Peak

    by lareina Written May 4, 2004

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    View from the top of Germany

    At 2962 m., the Zugspitze is Germany's highest peak. During the winter months, it is packed with skiiers and snowboarders from all over the world. In warmer months there is hiking and sunbathing available.

    I went to the top in November to have lunch at the restaurant and take in the amazing views. It seemed like the mountain peaks stretched on forever! Beware of the icy winds on the panorama platform, even in summer. Inside, there is a video playing about the construction of the cable cars and mountain stations. Also, from the top you can cross the border into the Austrian station. We descended by cable car to the basin station on the Zugspitzeplatt to have a bier and take some sun.

    There are two ways to get to the top: the cogwheel train or the cable car. The cogwheel train descends through the mountainside and doesn't afford much of a view. Unless you are afraid of heights, I would take the cable car both up and down. You will get amazing views of the Eibsee lake below.

    Round-trip adult fares: 43E in summer, less in winter. Park at the lot at the bottom of the Eibsee-Seilbahn or take the Zahnradbahn from Garmisch (the station is next to the Bahnhof).

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    Hollentalklamm

    by MrBill Written Jan 26, 2004

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    Source: Hollentalklamm by J.Rosiek

    If you take the hike up from Garmisch-Partenkirchen ý Hammersbach about a 500 meter climb ý you get to the Hollentalklamm. This pass follows the course of a stream, which has over the Millennia turned into gorge.

    What makes it interesting, or esoteric if you will, is that around circa 1895 or so, they discovered some kind of fuel oil deposits trapped in the rock, and set about building a railroad up there to extract it. You cannot believe where they hacked that narrow gauge track into the cliffs and along the watercourse. Testimony to manýs ingenuity in the pursuit of profit, but also a good 50-years before anyone had ever heard of an environmental assessment. Most of the tracks are gone, and those that remain are only twisted pieces of metal spaghetti to remind you how temporal even concrete and metal are compared to mountains.

    The hike is cut through the rocks in a series of paths and caves, largely unchanged, and long since grown back to hide the scars. Now it is a pleasant 2-hour hike up, and if you want you can carry on another 2-hours to the Oesterfelderkopf or put on your climbing gear and do the Klettersteig to the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Deutschland.

    Nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a long, hot climb

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    Eibsee

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    The Eibsee is located 9 km southwest of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and roughly 100 km southwest of Munich, at an elevation of about 1000m.
    The Eibsee lies at the base of the Zugspitze several hundred meters from the Eibsee Cable Car.

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    Spend a Night in the UNIQUE Igloo Village

    by Eurasian68 Written Jan 5, 2006

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    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.

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    childhood dreams never really go away

    by MrBill Updated Dec 30, 2004

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    VW bus

    When I was a kid, we used to have this VW bus that my dad camperised, and we used to drive all over Western Canada in it and go camping.

    Then when I was a little older, I read Travels with Charlie by John Steinbeck, and a little later, The Drifters by James Michener.

    It has always been kind of a dream of mine to pack all my stuff - bike, skis, kayak, hiking boots, etc. - in a VW bus and spend at least 6-months discovering Europe without any fixed agenda. Just travelling around to places, hanging out, being able to sleep in the van, and then get up in the morning and go hiking or biking or whatever.

    I might go to Toulouse and learn some French while exploring the Pyrennes or I might just kick around the Alps for a while. Unfortunately, it is getting the six months off. This could come between jobs and/or on my way back to Canada someday.

    My other problem is finding someone who wants to come with me. Adventures are more fun when you have someone to share them with. But, in a VW van, it has to be someone that doesn't complain or get on your nerves too much.

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    Garmish-Partenkirchen

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 17, 2013

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    Garmish-Partenkirchen
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    Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria which is famous with its unspoilt nature, vibrancy and Bavarian charm.
    Walking along the streets and strolling down the alleyways you'll discover a little more of the variety the area has to offer: historical sights, interesting excursions, art and culture, exciting events and no end of sport and wellness.
    Unfortunately we drove through Garmish-Partenkirchen to the Zugspitze very fast.

    You can watch my 1 min 08 sec Video Garmish-Partenkirchen out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Schloss Linderhof

    by mvtouring Written Oct 27, 2010

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    Easily reached by bus from Garmisch-Partenkirche for a day outing is the Linderhof Palace . It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one of which he lived to see completion.Ludwig already knew the area around Linderhof from his youth when he had accompanied his father King Maximilian II of Bavaria on his hunting trips in the Bavarian Alps. When Ludwig II became king in 1864 he inherited the so-called Königshäuschen from his father, and in 1869 began enlarging the building. In 1874 he decided to tear down the Königshäuschen and rebuild it on its present-day location in the park

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    Neuschwanstein Castle

    by mvtouring Written Oct 27, 2010

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    It was another dream of mine to see this lovely castle on which Walt Disney based his fairy castle. So it was with great enthusiasm that we boarded the bus early morning for our day outing to Schwangau and its two castles. Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Schwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner.

    The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886

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    Hohenschwangau Castle

    by mvtouring Written Oct 27, 2010

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    It was another dream of mine to see this lovely castle on which Walt Disney based his fairy castle. So it was with great enthusiasm that we boarded the bus early morning for our day outing to Schwangau and its two castles. Hohenschwangau Castle is a 19th century palace in southern Germany. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria

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    Oberammergau

    by mvtouring Written Oct 27, 2010

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    Another village that can be visited from GP very easily using the bus. Oberammergau is world renowned for its Passionplay that takes place every 10 years. We were very lucky to have been able to attend it in 2010 when it was performed for the 100th time. I loved the "luftlmalerel" which is the local way of decorating house facades and which decorates many a home in this little village. The two that I found most interesting was the "Hansel & Gretel" house and the one of "Little red riding hood".

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    Kramerspitze-A Verrrry Long Hike

    by KellyN24 Written Oct 26, 2004
    At the top.  Whew-what a workout!!

    If you are looking for a challenge, or just a little exercise, climb to the top of the Kramerspitze. It took us about 5 hrs to get to the top. There's a restaurant a little more than halfway up that serves excellent German 'pancakes'. Gorgeous views from the top-definitely must be in shape to do this!!

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    Linderhof

    by paradisedreamer Updated Oct 6, 2004

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    Linderhof is one of (Mad) King Ludwig's castles in Bavaria. Well worth a visit, stunning gardens and very interesting inside.

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