Garmisch-Partenkirchen Day 3

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.

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Breakfast!

Note that single serves of butter here are 20g so I accidentally ate 40g of butter.  Whoops!

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My morning tea cake was leaking through the bag so I had to eat that too

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View from my breakfast spot

I took the high track.  There were few people apart from two women who of course asked me directions.

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The start of the track

There was a nature trail set up for children with several stations for magical creatures.  Fun!

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The court of the forest king

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Forest phone!

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The forest king’s throne

I took the track towards the klamm, which was a bit wetter, but I still had dry feet in my sandals.

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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.

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Looking back towards Hammersbach

However, the klamm is well worth visiting.  It would be more spectacular in the wetter months but even in July it was very good.

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The start of the klamm

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You will get dripped on a bit, and my feet did get wet, but you don’t absolutely need a jacket.

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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.

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Example of well-disciplined German dog

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.

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The end of the klamm

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Looking back towards the klamm

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.

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Looking across the valley

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Looking up the valley

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Glacier!

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.

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What a view!

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View to the left of previous photo

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View to the right

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Another nifty church

I turned around and came back on the same track.

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Nifty rock formation

I took the low track back towards Hammersbach.  It’s a road the whole way, and follows a stream.

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I’m going to give up my job and go in to picture postcards.

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Once at Hammersbach I found that the next bus would not be for 90 minutes!  I decided to walk back to Garmisch.

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Church at Hammersbach

It was pretty but I was rather unavailable.

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Towards Garmisch

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Looking back towards Zugspitze

A lot of people were cycling around here on electric bicycles.  After an hour I was back in town.

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Marienplatz

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400 year old house and garden

It turned out that the fire service was havign its 150th anniversary and had a display set up.

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Feuerwehr!

As with all bire brigades everywhere they were having a fundraising sausage sizzle.  But this is Germany where they do things PROPERLY.

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Now THAT’S a sausage sizzle!

I then had a look around the Michael Ende Kurpark

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Nothing like a good floral clock

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.

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Kurhaus, eh?

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.

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The winged lizard

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The magic herb garden

There was also a giant turtle buried in the ground and an amphitheatre.  Good for children to climb on.

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Typical border planting

I went back to the main square and bought a sausage from the firefighters.

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TWO sausages!

They also had cakes inside the beer tent, so I bought one of those too.

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Erdbeeretorte

On the way back to the hotel I spotted this rather strangely translated bag.

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Always??

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