Garmisch-Partenkirchen! Day 1

I set off early for Garmisch.  Note that the Munich bus station is NOT directly outside the train station – it’s 1km down the road.  Note that I can pack march 1km in 5 min when required.

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Quark and fruit pastry for breakfast!

The bus ride was pleasant and I had a seat on the top deck almost at the front.  Not bad for 6 Euros!  I came in at about 8.30.  Nothing was open.  This is Europe.  Getting up early is uncivilised.

I did notice that the tourists were overwhelmingly German.  I think it is a good sign to go on holiday somewhere that the locals go.

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The street my hotel was on

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My hotel

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My hotel room

I left my bags at the hotel and set out for Partnachklamm and Eckbauer!  On the way I passed the Olympic ski jump, built for the Nazi winter Olympics.

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The ski jump

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The stadium with de-Nazified sculpture

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No that eagle never had anything in its claws.  Schtum!

The track starts off as a road.  Unlike back home the ‘huts’ are all small hotels.

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Touting for business at the track intersection

It was very pretty and just what I wanted.

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Pretty!

Unfortunately the klamm was closed due to a washout.  I took a track going above it.

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Klamm!

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Pretty waterfall

The track was not one of the main ones and had a warning sign saying it was for experienced hikers only.  I was in my sandals.

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For experienced trampers only!

After about half an hour I came out to the first hut near Graseck.  It’s a working farm of some description (I think they all have two cows for tourism purposes) and they had a lovely fat black farm cat.  More importantly they had toilets.  Unlike home they don’t go in much for public conveniences.  As a result people either do their business about 10cm off the track and don’t cover it, or you have to hold it between huts.

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From here there was a very well graded zig-zag to the top.  The gain of 400m took about 45 min.

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At the top

Of course, there’s another ‘hut’ in case you want a beer.  Be warned they do know how to make money – 500ml of water cost 3 Euro.

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Civilised!

I continued down the ridge towards Eckbauer cross.  The track is a road.

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The track to the cross

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Eckbauer cross

At the cross there is a lovely view of the range.  If you don’t like walking up hills you can also get a cable car to a spot near here.  I walked down because I like walking and also I am poor.  It’s actually very nice and the view is stunning.

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View of Garmisch

The track goes through farmland towards the village of Wamberg.

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Wamberg!

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How’s that for a henhouse?!

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Local apples. They are terrible – far too floury

Several of the barns had this sort of arrangement on the outside.

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Some kind of climbing frame

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Back towards Garmisch

As I was walking back to the hotel I had a woman stop me and ask for directions. Good thing I know how to say “I don’t know” in German!

That afternoon I set out to Eibsee, catching the town bus.

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Pretty good view for a bus trip! On the other side of the ridge is Austria

Eibsee is a bit more of a tourist trap and there were more foreigners around including LOUD Americans.  Please note that if you go around blabbing to your mate at 100 decibels about the problems you are having with the J6 don’t be surprised if people figure out you are in the military.

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Eibsee

There’s a track that circumnavigates the lake.  It’s very well maintained.

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What the surrounding bush is like

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Take THAT!

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The track

Most people go on to one of the beaches near the road end but if you go even 15min down the track you can have a beach almost to yourself.

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The beach where I stopped

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Nice for the feet!

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Look at that!

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One of the islets

The water is so clear you can see the fish.

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Fish!

It’s worth going all the way around so you can see the range from all angles.

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Zugspitze!

I caught the bus back to Garmisch and put my feet up!

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