Ghostly Gorgeous Mittenwald

Mittenwald, Germany/Austria (12 June 2016) – Right after the trip to Konigsee was another hiking trip to Mittelwald which was just as amazing. Our main route for the day was to visit the Gorge of the Ghosts (Leutasch Geisterklamm) , hike up to a restaurant called the Hut, hike back down to the village of Mittenwald where we will take the train back to Munich.

Our first stop was a short trail to the waterfall. We had to pay 2.50 euros to enter but it was definitely worth going! It brings you into the innermost region of the gorge with the foamy waters flowing fast beneath you and where you reach the waterfall at the end.

 

Then it was our turn to hike through the Gorge Ghost Trail. It’s really designed to be family friendly with educational stops along the way and stories about goblins and ghosts. We even saw a man carrying a baby who is probably only a few months old on his back!The hike was really easy at the start with the path already paved out, but after awhile it got a little harder when we had to hike up to a restaurant called the Hut which was a little steep and slippery but thank god the weather was great and it wasn’t raining like it was yesterday. At one point we even crossed the border of Germany and Austria, indicated by a square stone brick with T on one side and A on the other.

After what seems like a never-ending series of twists and turns, we finally reached the HUT. And it was totally worth it because we had the most amazing view of the Bavarian Alps around us that looked completely picturesque. Amazingly the weather did not disappoint like it was predicted to by the weather forecast, and the sun was shining in all its glory.

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We chilled around for a good two hours or so before making our way back down. Fortunately we did not have to take the original path and going down was so much easier.

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Then we reached the village of Mittelwald which was so beautiful and I especially loved how the houses were so colourfully well painted. The whole town pretty much could have popped out of any fairytale story though it felt a little like a ghost town especially since it was a Sunday with all the shops closed and barely anyone on  the streets. We had some ice cream and just sat around to enjoy the peace of this tiny town among the alps. Perfect way to end the day I say!

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Königsee

Königsee, Germany (11 June 2016) – Yet again, another paradise on earth. Upon reaching our destination after a really early train ride to Königsee, we were greeted with amazing clear crystal blue waters. Although the weather wasn’t really in our favour and it was already drizzling, the waters were still a breathtaking blue, though it’d probably be even more so when the sun is up and shinning. We took a boat ride, passing between towering rock cliffs. At one point, boat guide told us to shut the windows on one side of the boat while opening up the rest on the other side, took out his trumpet, played a few notes and paused. We waited in anticipation, everyone silent and listening attentively. To the surprise of everyone on the boat, we could really hear the notes being echoed back a few seconds later. Absolutely unbelievable. And the sound of the trumpet echoed was faint but crisp and clear.

We reached our first stop at St Bartholomew around lunchtime. The famous church probably most popularly seen in postcards was just as picturesque as it looked, with the Alpen behind and the lake reflecting the red domed church. We did a mini Rundweg since we only had an hour to explore but just walking alongside the lake enjoying the gorgeous view was more than I can ask for.

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We took another boat ride next to our next stop to hike to a waterfall that’s supposed to be the largest one in Germany. We hiked along the lake and the lush greenery, pretty easy for the most part until we reached a steeper section of the route that was made more slippery and muddy due to the rain that was getting heavier.

We saw A LOT of cows along the way and the Scheiße they left behind. UGH. But well at least the cows were cute and friendly and didn’t mind us approaching them! We continued hiking but it got to a point where rain was really making things hard for us so we stopped halfway through and decided to head back. We still managed to see the waterfall but probably just not as close up as we’d liked to.

This trip was so so worth it. I’ll definitely be back again when the weather gets better and I can only imagine how gorgeous it will look on a sunny day.

Regen Regen in Regensburg

A trip to Regensburg just wouldn’t be complete without some Regen to add to the charm of this tiny medieval town! With the Danube river flowing through the city that made it a popular trading centre in the past, it has retained much of its medieval buildings with most of it left (thankfully) undestroyed by the Second World War. Apparently the city lost its significance after the trade industry went down, so much that it wasn’t worth being set as a target for the bombings.

Our lovely tour guide first led us down a street called the Happy Turkey Street apparently named after an inn owned by a really happy guy called Turk.Pretty easy huh? Be happy, make others happy and have an entire street named after ya!Das gefällt mir auch!I mean….who wouldn’t want to have a street named after you? Our tour guide showed us the many ways Italy influenced the city, such as a tower that’s typically found in Tuscany but can be seen towering overhead along a row of houses. Apparently the tower is a symbol of power and the higher the tower, the more power it symbolised since it reflects the wealth of the rich merchants who could afford the expensive stones used to build the tower. But now the tower and the courtyard around it is used as…a student hostel haha. Our tour ended with the Stone Bridge that was supposed to be the highlight of the tour. You know how you should always save the best for the last?

But unlucky us, the bridge was still under renovation and we saw the bridge enveloped with such ugly steel frames…We had 4 hours of free time after the tour and we immediately went for the Bratwurst restaurant recommended by our guide. If it did’t cost 2.50 euros for the sausage and bread, i’d definitely go for a second round. I have to say this is probably the best sausage I’ve tasted in Germany so far! The sausage went so well with the sauerkraut and sweet mustard!Sehr Sehr Lecker.

With our tummies half full but really satisfied, we went on the stone bridge to do a little exploring and the view surely didn’t disappoint! Everything looked so picturesque and idyllic, with the river banks covered with green grass and trees, and medieval houses that added to the already gorgeous landscape! We stopped by for some ice cream at the end of the bridge before making our way back to the Altstadt since there wasn’t much to see after crossing the bridge. We entered the gothic styled Saint Peter’s Cathedral, named after the saint with the keys to heaven!We managed to find a stained glass painting in the church of Saint Peter with his magical keys too! Didn’t think it was possible with so many paintings inside but yeah we found it (After some searching of course). We had plenty of time to spare so we strolled along the alleys and settled for dessert Round 2 at a cafe! The chocolate Spaghetti Eis was enough for four of us to share and was completely satisfying with the ice cream pretty much submerged in runny chocolate sauce and cream.

It started drizzling slightly, as the surprisingly accurate weather forecast had predicted, in the late afternoon, but we had a peaceful stroll in the park near the Hauptbahnhof in the rain that ended the trip really nicely:) To end off the post with something new I’ve learned today: Ich muss schiebe etwas nicht auf die lange Bank!

-Regensburg, Germany (23 April, 2016)