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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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Jul 1, 2011 - A Visit to Bavaria

We travelled today to the Edelweiss in Garmisch, Germany. This is a hotel/vacation resort for the military with many wonderful facilities and activities for kids and adults alike. From here, we visited the Neuschwanstein Castle, build by King Ludwig II, of Bavaria. Only one of his many castles, it was never finished, and he only spent a total of 175 days here in 15 years. The finished part, however is magnificent! This castle, you probably know, as it served as the inspiration for Walt Disney's Disneyland castle. King Ludwig was a...

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Sep 2, 2010 - Day 12: Zugspitze

On our last day, Kathie was ill so stayed at the hotel while I went to the Zugspitze. The Zugspitze is the highest peak in Germany at 2962 meters (9718 feet). From it one can see the Alps in four countries. (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy). To get there, I took the cogwheel train (necessary due to the 25% grade) through a 4.5 km (2.8 mile) tunnel most of the way up to the Zugspitzplatt at 2600 meters. There I connected to the Glacier cable car which took me to the top and then to go back down, the Eibsee cable car. The small chapel...

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Sep 1, 2010 - Day 11: Garmisch walk

We walked into town today from the Edelweiss. Along the way we photographed the beautiful homes and buildings, did some shopping, had a nice lunch on the outdoor patio of a restaurant and just had a nice relaxing day. In the evening, Betsy met us at Marionplatz and we went pubbing ending up at a nice little neighborhood place. Of all things, they had a Laurel and Hardy set of dolls up on their shelf.

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Aug 30, 2010 - Day 9: Garmisch

Before our Partnach Gorge hike, we walked into Garmisch from the Edelweiss and enjoyed a breakfast at a local bakery. That evening, after the hike, we joined some of our new friends at Zuggy's, the pub in the basement of the Edelweiss. We met Palma Davis on one of the tours. In the small world category, her husband, Jack, is a retired Marine two star General. Turns out that he was the commander of the marines along Highway 9 (Ambush Alley) near the DMZ and that I and my "dusters" (think double barreled tank) were his protection escort along...

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