The Bavarian Alps
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
143Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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Oberammergau is known for its 10 yearly performance of the 'passion play' - actors must all be locals for the 6 hour amateur rendition of Christs suffering. The tradition was started in 1634 after plague deaths miraculously stopped after a promise to perform the passion every 10 years. Just so happens that it is on, not only this year, but the very day we were there (sold out, a little to my relief). The town is also famous for the scenes painted on the houses. Some are religious scenes, or farming life, but many are nursery rhymes - we found little red riding hood and Hansel & Gretel.
Garmisch Partenkirchen's claim to fame is as host of the 1936 winter Olympics
Some scenery that we did manage to see, unobscured by cloud, was the Partnachklamm gorge (below cloud level. Ha! foiled you this time clouds). The gorge has a narrow trail running along a ledge and through windowed tunnels with the Partnach river rushing by below. We hiked along one of the many trails at the other end, a loop back through the forest that spat us out at the Olympic stadium complete with brand new and frighteningly high ski jump ramps.
With an afternoon spare, we picked out a nearby lake on the map (Reissersee) and set off. It was disappointingly reminiscent of a duckpond in colour and scum, not quite the alpine lake we had been envisaging. Next to it are the remnants of the Olympic bobsled track - now just some raised earth and a few metal bars.