Photos from trips: Zugspitze Tour, July 2016
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To add a shorter and less challenging option in a similar area to the Adlerweg, Simon visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen in July 2016. The resulting Alpine Exploratory trip will be 4 stages long and complete a circuit of the Zugspitze, highest point in Germany. The summit ridge is shared with Austria and the summit itself is an interesting ascent of 400m at a much higher level of difficulty than the trek. Or, cable cars go up to the top.
An experiment with Austrian airlines: here we land in Salzburg on a warm evening.
The Fokker 100 is on the tarmac at Flughafen Salzburg.
Trains wait at Muenchen Hauptbahnhof.
Outside Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the Partnachklamm, the famous gorge on the low slopes of the Zugspitze. Our new route begins with the path through the gorge, surprisingly narrow.
Higher up the route passes the Eckbauer hut.
Haymaking at Eckbauer alm.
The Schloss Elmau on the way to Mittenwald hosted the G7 in 2015.
Scots pine above Mittenwald.
In Mittenwald a shop front displays a collection of beer jugs.
Milky blue glacial meltwater beside the path.
Carefully fabricated metal walkways high above the Leutascherklamm.
A classic Volvo and an Austrian bus near Weidach.
It's a 'white night' in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the town parties into the evening.
Some hotels in the Alps offer fresh honey.
Taking a train in the direction of Reutte in Tirol to alight at Ehrwald. One stage of the walk is from Ehrwald to Garmisch.
In meadows above Ehrwald and Lehrmoos, the wooded slopes of the Glugenzer ahead.
Apfelstrudel mit vanillesaus, a classic order.
A house in the Bavarian style serving teas on its terrace.
The Alpspitze and Zugspitze (behind) from fields just outside Garmisch.
In Garmisch-Partenkirchen are beer halls like the several dotted around Munich, but on a smaller scale. It's very easy to get beer and a substantial meal.
Up at the Zugspitzbahn, the end of the cog railway onto the mountain, it is 400m more to the top of the Zugspitze. Here the piste machines sit idle after Winter. The building is the train station and a restaurant.
On the ridge above the screes.
The Zugspitze buildings at the summit.
The ridge follows the Austrian-German border. Here a red metal sign denotes Austria.
Building works at the summit, from the true summit with a golden cross (2,962m).
Strudel at the top of Germany.
Buses replace trains in these German and Austrian areas, in some weeks over Summer; the buses work smoothly and are shown on tickets.
A bus driver guides a bicycling family to the right bus.
Traveling to Graz, a train ride across much of Austria, there is a change at Innsbruck. Here is an unrepresentative view of this pretty town!
Trains cross the Alps from North to South, West to East; the final train to Graz has started in Zurich.
Austria is a country of country villages in a highly dispersed pattern. The train winds through low wooded valleys with occasional villages or towns and high ridges beyond. Here are woodpiles in the foreground.
At Graz station there is a sudden downpour.
In the centre of Graz, am attractive town and the second-largest in Austria.
An unusual atrium!
The Zugspitze area will repay more investigation in conjunction with the Adlerweg. There is a lot going on!
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