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Aug 10, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

8/10/14, Sunday No official tours today but we decided to strike off on our own. We caught a cab to the Eibsee train station and boarded a cogwheel train on the Zugspitze Bahn (railroad). The cogwheel train has a gear that locks into a center track and literally pulls the train up a VERY steep slope until you reach the Sonn-Alpin level of the Zugspitze. At that level is a ski area, sledding area, church (very small), restaurants and viewing platforms. We explored that a bit and then took the cable car up the rest of the way to the top (9717...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

8/9/14, Saturday A rest day!! It is POURING RAIN here! So we took the opportunity to hang around the Edelweiss, do our laundry and just chill! In the evening we took the Horse and Buggy ride around Garmisch. We were able to see many of the painted homes, the beautiful architecture and designs and to just enjoy Garmisch. It was a very relaxing way to see the neighborhoods and part of the downtown.

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Aug 8, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

8/8/14, Friday We did the Garmisch-Partenkirchen City Tour today. We walked around both towns and got the lay of the land for shops, restaurants, and sights. We looked at the 1936 Winter Olympic Ski Jump area. We were told about how Garmisch and Partenkirchen were joined as one city. Hitler wanted the Olympics in Garmisch but the Olympic Committee said No, not enough population. So Hitler went to the two mayors and said he wanted them to join their cities together. The mayors said no; historically, they were separate and did not really like...

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Aug 7, 2014 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

8/7/14, Thursday Today was a travel day. We stayed overnight on the ship in Budapest again last night but had to be up and out right after breakfast. A WILD cab ride to the airport; checking in using our smart phones (cool!); then taking a flight on Lufthansa from Budapest to Munich was capped off by a neat train ride from Munich to Garmisch. It was beautiful country but especially so once we started into the Alps. There was a neat rainbow in the mountains. Once in Garmisch, our cab took us to the entrance of the Edelweiss but, being on a...

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Aug 10, 2013 - Alpspitze

As part of our ticket to go up the Zugspitze we paid an extra 9 Euros each so we could go on another day up the majestic Alpspitze pyramid mountain. at 2,628m. Our ticket allowed us to go up the Alpspitzbahn use the Hochalm between two peaks and then down on the Kreuzeckbahn. The weather looked good despite a few clouds. Our first cable car was an interesting ride. The first part was like many others until after travelling a third of the way the cable car flew high above a stunning rock valley with all round views of the surrounding...

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Aug 5, 2013 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

After a morning of major grocery shopping we decided to explore Garmisch- Partenkirchen. As the name suggests the town is in fact two towns which were brought together for the 1936 Winter Olympics. Today the town is a major winter-sports destination After visiting the tourist office and the rail station to find out how to go up the Zugspitz we explored first the Garmisch part of the town. The town had a busy shopping area but just off the centre was the more tranquil Kurpark. Of course this had the obligatory band stand and also an...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Move to Garmisch- Partenkirchen

Today we changed base to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. We had enjoyed our time in Blaichach and the surrounding valley. It had not been in any guide book and we had seen very few other nationalities besides the Germans. We think it is one of those locations known only by the locals. We took the long way round to G-P via the autobahns to avoid some interesting mountain passes. We think we trebled the mileage. We arrived at the stellplatz in G-P (the only game in town) and found it very crowded and units very close together. We did find a spot but...

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May 9, 2012 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND I will write about our experiences in Garmisch soon, but for some general information, here are some exerts from the Lonely Planet – Germany chapter on Bavaria: The Bavarian Alps form a stunningly beautiful natural divide along the Austrian border. Ranges further south may be higher, but these mountains shoot up from the foothills so abruptly that the impact is all the more dramatic. The region is dotted with quaint frescoed villages, spas and health retreats, and possibilities for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, canoeing...

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Year 6: Pole To Pole

Jul 4, 2011 - 4th of July

We celebrated the 4th of July by going up the Zukspitze as I posted earlier. We then returned to the hotel & resort, Edelweiss for a few hours rest. Then dinner at a local German restaurant, the Bavarian show at the resort, with a finale of fireworks with the perfect view from our room. The Bavarian show was wonderful featuring the "Ricola horns", some great music, young dancer, & Yes, some Cowbells! Check out the video. I also included some video of the fireworks complete with Stars & Stripes Forever. God Bless the U.S.A. & those who serve...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Up the Zukspitze

While here in Bavaria, we had to take a trip up the Zukspitze, Germany's highest point. Of course, we went over to Austria & took the gondola up there. As you'll see, I of course, being from Texas, I dressed for the Weather...-5 degrees celsius at the top! (Actually, if I'd only had gloves, I would have been fine!) The day was not as clear as we would have liked, but we could see & it was a beautiful view. Mark skied here frequently in his younger days, but I can't imagine it! Not many green slopes & no bunny hill! The point was 2612 meters...

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Jul 2, 2011 - A Trip to Bavari

We also visited Oberammergau, the home of the Passion Play presented every 10 years. Of course, this was not the year for the play, but this was a precious town where we had another delicious meal! On our way home, we visited an abbey which of course, had a beautiful church! =)

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Jul 2, 2011 - A Visit to Bavaria

On our way to Neuschwanstein, we stopped in Ulm. There, they have a marvelous cathedral with the highest church spire in the world at 161 meters tall. Work began on this cathedral in 1377, and was carried on in intervals until 1545. It took another 300 years to get finished, when work began once again in 1844 and the cathedral was finally completed in 1890. Today this giant Gothic church measures an astounding 464 ft long and is 159 feet wide. The massive interior has the capacity to hold 30,000 people. It is pretty incredible! We also...

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