I set out to Hoentollerklamm. I stopped at the supermarket to get some breakfast and there was a nifty vending machine where you pressed the button and it spat a bun out at you, or if you wanted a croissant it would deliver you one in a little tray on a conveyor belt. Cool!
I took the bus to Hammersbach and there was a nice picnic spot at the start of the track.
Note that single serves of butter here are 20g so I accidentally ate 40g of butter. Whoops!
I took the high track. There were few people apart from two women who of course asked me directions.
There was a nature trail set up for children with several stations for magical creatures. Fun!
I took the track towards the klamm, which was a bit wetter, but I still had dry feet in my sandals.
After about 90 min I reached the start of the klamm. Entry is 5 Euros. The toilet is 50 cents and you MUST have a 50 cent coin. I did not have a 50 cent coin. It was not a good time.
However, the klamm is well worth visiting. It would be more spectacular in the wetter months but even in July it was very good.
You will get dripped on a bit, and my feet did get wet, but you don’t absolutely need a jacket.
There were a fair amount of people at 1200 but it was not too bad. A lot of people bring their dogs, which would not be allowed back home. However, the dogs were all very well behaved.
It takes about 30 min to walk down the klamm, then it opens out. Do NOT drink the water – I saw clear evidence of people doing their business right on the water-line.
There’s a short uphill section and the option to break off to other tracks here. I did not see anyone coming back the other way and thought there must be a loop going somewhere.
As it turns out there is not a loop, but a hut that people go to for day trips. It has a toilet and it is FREE.
I turned around and came back on the same track.
I took the low track back towards Hammersbach. It’s a road the whole way, and follows a stream.
Once at Hammersbach I found that the next bus would not be for 90 minutes! I decided to walk back to Garmisch.
It was pretty but I was rather unavailable.
A lot of people were cycling around here on electric bicycles. After an hour I was back in town.
It turned out that the fire service was havign its 150th anniversary and had a display set up.
As with all bire brigades everywhere they were having a fundraising sausage sizzle. But this is Germany where they do things PROPERLY.
I then had a look around the Michael Ende Kurpark
The fire service had a display set up in the Kurhaus as well. I couldn’t take photos but it was very interesting – mostly old uniforms and equipment. But they also had a WW2 section, mostly about the air raid rescue service. This included a Nazi film about the valiant firefighters who saved civilians and historic German buildings from evil Allied bombing raids. An interesting issue for historical theory.
Now, who is Michael Ende, and why does he get a whole Kurpark to himself? He was a children’s author who wrote works including The Neverending Story. The park had several installations related to his writing.
There was also a giant turtle buried in the ground and an amphitheatre. Good for children to climb on.
I went back to the main square and bought a sausage from the firefighters.
They also had cakes inside the beer tent, so I bought one of those too.
On the way back to the hotel I spotted this rather strangely translated bag.