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    Wank

    by iaint Updated Jun 9, 2014
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    This is one of the mountains around Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Wankbahn cablecar starts right on the edge of town. Its a short trip up that way, but 3-3.5 hours walking.

    Height is 1,780m (5,840 ft).

    Its well worth the trip. Great views over the surrounding peaks and down into Garmisch-Partenkirchen. You also have the choice of two places for food and drink. No doubt full to overflowing on a sunny summer Sunday, but fine midweek.

    Dani and me hiked down. It took us 2 hours against 2.5 suggested by the signs. Steep at the top, but gentle towards the bottom.

    A wee bit of advice. The hike up and down usually starts in the car park at Hõfle, but that’s not where the cablecar starts. Obviously the Wankbahn car park was where we ended up, as the car was there.

    UPDATE June 14

    Went up & down the Hõfle route. Tough due to the heat (30c) but fun apart from that.

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    Zugspitze, Germany's Highest Mountain

    by Donna_in_India Updated Sep 23, 2013

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    View from Zugspitze

    At almost 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain. We took the Eibsee cable car up. Unlike our mountain top visits in Switzerland, we had perfect weather.

    As we ascended we saw the villages below becoming smaller and smaller and had a nice view of Lake Eibsee. When we arrived at the top of Zugspitze it was freeeezing – only 1 degree (c) and windy! There was snow all around. We walked around a bit on the terrace and had some hot chocolate (which wasn’t too hot!) to warm up. The panoramic views were amazing. In spite of the cold, we had a great time. I definitely recommend going to the top!

    You can take the cogwheel train to a glacier and switch to the glacier cable car to the top or take the Eibsee cable car straight up. Skiing is also available.

    Zugspitze boasts both the highest chapel in Germany and the highest internet cafe!

    Dress warmly (we didn't) so you can enjoy exploring!!

    Roundtrip ticket: 50 € Adults, 35 € Ages 16-18, 29,00 € Ages 6 -15

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    Kurpark

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    Stiftung Aschenbrenner, Kurhaus, GAP
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    The shaded paths of the Kurpark are another cool and relaxing escape from the summer heat. The place felt like a Tardis, and seemed to get bigger every time I walked around it. It contains a few statues, a small carp filled pond, the Kurhaus, and a small open air stadium where they put on free performances for the visitors. When I was there they had on a traditional Bavarian band playing classical music that sounded very much like Strauss, although it could have been anything. What fascinated me most was that the small quartet were all dressed up in their best Sunday Bavarian liederhosen, just as were many of the audience.

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    Wallfahrtskirche St Anton

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    The pilgrimage church of St. Anton nestles prettily in the forests just above Partenkirchen. It can be reached in a number of ways, including a steep walk directly up the side of the hill, but the easiest is the gentle slope up from St Anton Str. This takes you past ten little shrines, each one marking a station of the cross, before you reach the pink and white church at the top. The views from the top are excellent, giving a peak at the mountains through the trees, and it is pleasant to loll about in the surrounding shady forest paths on a hot day.

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    Partnach River

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    Partnach River, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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    Dividing the two villages in half this fearsome, if shallow, Alpine river comes tearing down from the mountainsides leaving the evidence of its devastating path in its wake. By the thundering waterfalls, like the one pictured from near my hotel, lie piles of mountainside debris like tree trunks ripped straight out of the ground and deposited miles downriver. In the summer the river looked harmless from the town bridge, but in the spring the snows of the mountains melt and cause water levels of the Partnach rise dangerously.

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    Partnach Gorge

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    Partnach Gorge, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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    The Partnach Gorge is just incredible, and the perfect antidote to a stinking hot day like the last day I was in Gap. The water thunders through the crack in the granite rock and creates its own natural air conditioning system, funneling the cool mountain air and running it over the thrashing waters of the Partnach river. You can feel the temperature dropping as you approach the gorge, and when you are inside it is divine. Of course in winter the chill air will likely sap you to the core, but I've heard the views are even more spectacular then.

    The power of the water crashing through the gorge is immense. It creates a deafening noise that would probably drown out a gunshot. The thundering water that has carved a trough in the pure granite of the mountain also tears down whole trees and leaves them stranded helplessly in the turbulent eddies. It is simply amazing to witness this wonder of nature, and it isn't spoilt much by the tourist hordes that cram into the tight tunnel through the gorge. In fact catching sight of another human on the path serves to highlight the grandness of the gorge and put its size into perspective.

    The walk to the gorge is a delight in itself too. You can join the Partnach river near the station, and walk the path down to the old Olympic Ski Jumping Stadium. From there it is another 20 minutes walk to the gorge through beautiful yellow and green buttercup meadows so typical of the Bavarian Alps. After the gorge you can relax on a riverside beach of shingle, or take a walk up to the top of the Graseck and take the gondola ride back down. This is what I did, although next time I go on a 30+ degree day I'll take the gondola UP the Graseck and walk back down...

    The gondola ride itself costs 3.50 euros either way and takes you over the gorge in a scary old cabin that rocks like a cradle.

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    The Zugspitze

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    View from the Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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    The highest point in Germany, at just shy of 3,000 meters (10,000 feet), is easily reached in about 75 minutes. At 44 euros for a return ticket the cost is quite high, but I found it worth the money. I know others would disagree, but perhaps I am paid too much or have low standards. This was the highest I've been, though, and my first time up a snow covered mountain in the summertime. The previous highest point I'd managed was about 2,400 meters on Mount Bromo volcano in Indonesia, and I don't believe that has ever seen a snowflake in eternity. You can also walk up the mountain for free, but if you are short on time the train is a convenient, if sometimes confusing, alternative.

    It took me a bit longer than 75 minutes to reach the top. I think the announcement system broke down just before the cog wheel train reached the Grainau stop. You see I was supposed to get out there and transfer to another train for Eibsee. As this isn't explained anywhere and only ever announced on the speaker system in the train, if the system fails to work properly, or the announcer speaks during a noisy spot on the journey, you are going to have to wait another hour or so as the train returns to GAP and comes back again.

    At Eibsee you have to leave the station and walk through the woods to take the aerial tramway to the top. If you look really, really carefully you might catch sight of a small sign pointing you in the right direction. Failing that follow the mob and hope they know where they are going. They didn't when I followed them and I ended up walking the long way around the car park. Once you reach the terminal you can jump into the cabin and rise rapidly and breathtakingly up the steep side of the mountain. Try and get on first, though, as they cram the cabin more tightly than a London tube carriage at rush hour and you may end up with a layer of people between you and the cabin's dirty window panes.

    Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have missed the trip to the Zugspitze for twice the price, but the service leaves a lot to be desired.

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    Eibsee from the Zugspitze

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    Rise on the mountain begins from picturesque the Eibsee lake with clean green water. It is in a coniferous wood at height of 972 m. The area of this lake is about 2 square km, and the maximal depth is 32 m. There are several wood islands. You may float by boats.
    The picturesque Eibsee is located at the step of the highest mountain of Germany - the Zugshpitze. Walk around the lake perfectly supplements excursion on a cable car.

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    Panorama from the Zugspitze

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    The fantastic panorama of the Alps from the Grossglockner mountain up to the Bohemian Forest opens from the viewing platform.
    Unfortunately the cloud covered the top of Zugspitze when we climbed it up and we couldn’t see the surroundings very much.
    But when we were descending the fantastic panorama was seen clear enough.

    You can watch my 4 min 01 sec Video Descending from the Zugspitze out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    The top of the mountain

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    The top of the Zugspitze
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    A viewing platform settles down almost at the top of the mountain.
    The Zugspitze is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains. The mountain has two tops. The higher top of 2964 m is in Austria. The lower top of 2962 m is the highest top of Germany.

    You can watch my 1 min 29 sec Video At the top of the Zugspitze out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Zugspitze

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    When being in Garmish-Partenkirchen It is necessary to visit the top of the highest mountain of Germany.
    Rising on a cable car takes 10 minutes and costs 43 euros. The award will be magnificent views over the Bavarian and the Austrian Alpes.

    You can watch my 2 min 57 sec Video Climbing up the Zugspitze out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    Chocolate box Bavaria

    by iaint Written Sep 11, 2012
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    We didn’t make it onto the streets of Partenkirchen due to a thunderstorm, but we did manage to walk around Garmisch for a while.

    You will see some typical buildings on the town centre. In particular the “zum Schloapferer” house is worth a look as it goes back to the 15th century at least. It’s on Am Kurpark.

    Lüftlmalerei is the local name for the traditional exterior murals on the buildings.

    My photos show some examples. Pity it wasn’t sunny! In the background of the main photo you can see the storm clouds gathering over Zugspitze.

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    Eibsee trail

    by iaint Written Sep 3, 2012

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    what a view!
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    A hiking trail runs all the way around the lake, and it took us just under 2 hours - without hurrying (no reason to).

    The views of the lake and mountains are amazing, particularly those of Alpsitze and Zugspitze. It’s all well signposted. You wouldn’t need trekking boots, but high heels wouldn’t do. Decent trainers would be fine in dry weather.

    We recovered gently back where we started at the Pavilion - but in the Biergarten this time.

    The Zugspitzbahn train stops there, so you could just go up to Eibsee for lunch and the walk. I think that would be the expensive option, but fun. You can also drive there, or get the local bus.

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    Zugspitze

    by iaint Written Sep 3, 2012
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    One of those things you’ll always remember.

    It’s the highest mountain in Germany at 2,962m (just under 10,000 ft). You can climb to the summit - my current house guest did it earlier this year, but found it “very scary”. Pretty much for mountaineers only.

    I’d love to do that (I think) but meantime I’ve been up the easy way.

    We took the Zugspitzebahn from the Kreuzeck Alpspitztbahn station just outside Garmisch. The train starts from the Garmisch-Paternkirchen mainline station in town, and we jumped on at the 2nd station on the line. It’s a “private” line, in that it’s not part of the DB network.

    At Grainau we changed to a cogwheel train to take us up to the last station up beside the glacier. The final 25 minutes was through a tunnel, and then you emerge at 2,600m. Amazing.

    That “terminus” has a Biergarten and assorted other sundry bits of fun, such as sledging on the glacier. The main thing from there (apart from the stunning views) is the cablecar to the summit. A 2 minute hop, but it’s a long way down...

    The summit is weird & wonderful. The views are wonderful. So is the air. The smell of Bratwurst at 10,000 ft is weird. Yes, more Biergartens. And restaurants. And souvenir shops. The summit is on the border with Austria, so you have one of each on each side. It’s like a wee shopping centre at 10,000 ft.

    From there we took the cable car down the sheer north face to Eibsee. 10 minutes, straight down. Best not to think too much.

    I plan other tips about Eibsee, but from there we just reversed the train journey back to our starting point.

    Apart from the touroid kitsch, I loved it. The scenery is amazing. The transport is fun.

    A few words of warning...

    It’s not cheap. We were about €110 for 2 adults and a 14 year old. That was for a day pass, so we could have “gone round” twice had we felt like it. The pass is also valid for other things, like the cable car up the nearby Alpspitze.

    Check the weather in advance. If it’s cloudy you may still enjoy it, but you may not see much. They’ll close the cable cars if the weather makes it unsafe. If you happen to be on the summit when it happens, you’re stuck there. Presumably they take care of you if that happens (staff will be stranded too), but it may be uncomfortable.

    I’m told the last service going down each day can be a bit of a zoo, so best avoided. Go early anyway, to avoid the crowds.

    The station we used (just outside Garmisch) was good because it has lots of free parking. I’m not sure how easy or cheap the parking is in the town centre.

    Vertigo sufferers should find something else to do.

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    Haus zum Husaren

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 5, 2012
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    This picture is in every book about Garmisch and on many postcards: the painted window, two soldiers in uniforms from around 1800 leaning out and watching the world go by. One is a hussar, the other an infantryman. After the hussar, this house has been named "Haus zum Husaren". It hosts a restaurant - I did not eat there so I cannot tell how good it is, but it looked nice.

    The facade was painted in 1801. The ornaments around the windows show the neoclassical elements that were popular then. The house is almost 200 years older, though. The background story involves the wars between Napoleon and the Emperor, France and Austria. In 1800 a group of French hussars and Bavarian infantrymen had to be billeted in the house. The landlord was not happy with them, though, and to get rid of them he showed them a secret path over the Wetterstein mountains to the next valley where the troops of the Emperor were camping.

    To find the house and the picture, you have to cross Loisach river and explore the quarter around the Old Church of St Martin. Haus zum Husaren is located in Fürstenstraße in the curve and on the corner of Lazarettstraße.

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