The Top of Germany and Austria
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
30Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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We had breakfast this morning trying to decide if it was going to be clear enough to climb to the top of Germany. The Zugspitze is the highest point (2964 meters) in Germany but it is half in Austria. We drove in weekend traffic (really heavy on two lane roads winding through the Alps) to Ehrwald where we rode the Zugspitzebahn (tram) up near the top. At the top there was a restaurant on the Austrian side and several beer gardens on the German side. We walked from Austria to Germany at the top. Larry, Derek and Erin climbed, literally, to the top. There was a sign before they started to climb that said Achtung! Extreme Alpine Danger. There were rungs, ladders and cables with people trying to go both ways. I stayed behind and took video and pictures of them climbing and when they were at the top beside the big golden cross
The luge was in Lemoos-Biberwier and was called Marienbergbahn. Larry, Derek and Erin got tickets for three times down the mountain and I took pictures again. They rode a chairlift up the mountain and there were thirty-six turns in the track. Derek went down first because he had a bright blue shirt on and I would know when to take pictures.
Next we drove to Mittenwald a town famous for its painted buildings. In the zentrum the streets were lined with cafes and buildings with all kinds of paintings: some religious, some historical, some cultural and even the church tower was painted. They even painted on shutters and other embellishments. There was a huge carved violin because Mittenwald is famous for violin-making and teaching the craft. Down the middle of the main street was a little ditch with flowing water and little foot bridges that went across in various places. There were water features and fountains all over the place.
We decided to eat at the Gasthof Alpen Rose that served Augustiner Brau Munchen beer
We got back to Reutte just as the moon was rising over the mountain. We stopped at the Shell Station again and got beers and a Radler for me. We sat on the balcony and blogged until bedtime.