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.
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.
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.
The track starts off as a road. Unlike back home the ‘huts’ are all small hotels.
It was very pretty and just what I wanted.
Unfortunately the klamm was closed due to a washout. I took a track going above it.
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.
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.
From here there was a very well graded zig-zag to the top. The gain of 400m took about 45 min.
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.
I continued down the ridge towards Eckbauer cross. The track is a road.
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.
The track goes through farmland towards the village of Wamberg.
Several of the barns had this sort of arrangement on the outside.
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.
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.
There’s a track that circumnavigates the lake. It’s very well maintained.
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.
The water is so clear you can see the fish.
It’s worth going all the way around so you can see the range from all angles.
I caught the bus back to Garmisch and put my feet up!