Garmisch-Partenkirchen Day 2

Given that the weather was supposed to worsen the next day, I decided to do a long walk to Mittenwald to make the most of the sun while it lasted.  I started off going the same way as I did yesterday but then took the high track to Partnachalm.

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Once again the track starts as a road

 

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Soon it opens up to a view

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A nifty little hut

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Partnachalm

The track goes in to the bush for a bit then comes out at this derelict hut.  There’s a tiny church here.

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That’s the church.  Room for one.

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The mountain stream

The track goes into the bush for a long section.  There are several intersections.  Note that the signposts sometimes state a destination that is not directly reached – and if you follow them you will take a very circuitous route.  I was glad I had a decent map and compass.

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The bush

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Pretty!

After about 2 hours I reached the turnoff to Bockhutte

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The intersection

Bockhutte is a nice place to stop for a break.  I thought I would have a snack but it turned out my tomato and mozzarella sandwich had started leaking through the bag and so I had to eat my lunch a bit early.

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View at Bockhutte

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Bockhutte (Goat Hut)

After that I took the steep route up to Schachentor.  This was much more like a normal tramping track.

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It was well graded

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Pretty mountain stream.  Very cold!

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About 1/3 of the way up, looking back at Bockhutte

One thing about the area is that you will see firewood stacks EVERYWHERE – including half way up a mountain.

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The track breaks out of the bushline at about 1200m elevation.tn_P1110120

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Looking up the valley to the southeast.  There’s a hut in the bottom right.

There are some aids to help you get up at different points

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At about this point I caught a whiff of coal and knew I must be near the top.  The vegetation also changed suddenly to this alpine meadow.

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At the top there are a couple of nifty hermit huts.

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You can just see the two roofs in this picture

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Pretty flower and butterfly

At the top there is an excellent viewing spot

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Looking toward Garmisch

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Looking towards Bockhutte and Zugspitze

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Around the corner is the Koenigshaus, at 1866m.

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It’s good to be king.

Just below this is the alpine garden (which I have put in a post here).

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The garden, with Garmisch in the background

The track continues to the east on a well-graded farm road.

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Just after I took this photo the chap on the right started yodelling

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Look at that rock!

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The Haus

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Of course there’s a hut at the top if you want a beer

I, being poor, had brought my own lunch.

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Nusskekse!

Once I’d finished my nut cake I continued towards Mittenwald.  You go through the alpine meadow for a bit (complete with alpine cows!)

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After about an hour I broke off toward Mittenwald, taking a small shortcut on a proper track.

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After this the track was on forestry roads.  I had it all to myself for a couple of hours.

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Hilarious joke for soldiers

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At this point I had a woman come up to me and start spreching asking me if I’d seen her husband on the road up.  It turned out he was still having a beer at the hut.

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Ferchensee

The lake was very pretty but I did notice the lack of public facilities – you can imagine what happens when you have a frequently-visited spot like this and NO public toilets.  Europeans can be very uncivilised.

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Signposts are calculated at 4km/h and the colour denotes the grade of track.  I was doing red tracks in my sandals.

I continued towards Mittenwald and accidentally took the high track above Lautersee.

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A happy accident!

Lautersee had quite a crowd – including this herd of goast passing through!

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The sound of the bells was deafening!

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Another nifty little church

The lake is only 30min walk from town and there were several nature trails set up for children.

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You hit the different bits of wood to hear the different notes they make.

Coming in to Mittenwald there were a few hobby farms that appeared to be owned by retirees.

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Neat!

I arrived in Mittenwald at EXACTLY the time prescribed on the sign.  In Germany even YOU run on time!

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Mittenwald, with the Austrian border in the background

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It was all very pretty.

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I had a ham kebab while waiting for the train, made with freshly-baked bread.

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View while waiting for the train

And then I went back to the hotel to put my feet up!

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