Christmas 2012

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 18, 2013

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Garmisch a winter playground

In planning our trip, Garmisch was the first place that we booked. Taking a picturesque train ride from Munich we were pleased to find our accommodation at Haus Hart was not more than four hundred meters to the town centre. The views from the room over looked the imposing Zucipitze, Germany's highest mountain.

Stepping out the front door Del’s feet disappeared into 300cm of snow. To say it was picture perfect would be an understatement. Garmisch was the original Skiing holiday destination for Bavarians and the township caters for just about everything you could want in a sporting holiday having held the Olympics in 1936 & 1958???

Christmas day, our first without the boys, was going to be different and there is no better way to do that than have Christmas lunch in the highest restaurant in Germany atop the Zucispitze at 3068 metres. You could not have got a better day, blue skies; little wind and views over four countries in Germany, Austria, Italy & Switzerland.

As per the way of eating in Germany we shared our table with another family from Germany, though the husband was Spanish and could speak English the rest of the family could not. As soon as people find out we are from Australia they say " ah good country but far away." Without the boys it did feel a bit that way.

To get to the Zutcspize you catch a little cog wheel train which is loaded with skiers ready to tackle the slopes. The views on the way up are spectacular and once you arrive at the station the skiers step off the platform straight on to the slopes and off they go skiing.

Watching the skiers effortlessly take on the slopes - you guessed it - Steve said he would have to have a go. So on Del’s birthday it was decided to go up another ski area that we could walk to then catch a cable car up to the slopes. Of course Steve having skied 28 years ago immediately took on the baby run once and didn’t crash so he then decided to go up to the next level, only to find out that he had to come down an intermediate run first before getting back on to the easy runs.

Snow ploughing down the first section things looked good if (although awkward), until the next section where it became icy and steep.  Of course he crashed and couldn’t get up until a couple of girls came over and lifted him up.

Meanwhile Del was enjoying toblerone, tea and people watching in the restaurant at the base of all the runs.

Garmisch continued to have events even though the Christmas market was pulled down on Boxing Day. Due to hot weather,  5-8 degrees - the snow at our apartment began to quickly melt until there was next to nothing. On the 28th we went for a walk down the main street to find the entire one kilometre length was covered in tightly packed snow. A quick discussion with some locals at the pub and we were told it was for a bi atholon to be held that night. The bi atholon involves cross country skiing and then shooting at targets.

The crowd was three deep the entire length of the street. Several races were held and it was an enjoyable night.

Partenach gorge was unfortunately closed due to the dangerous conditions but we decided to take a walk down the valley and were rewarded with a lovely lunch at a small restaurant. The was a little cable car a hundred meters from here which we went on that took us to the top of a hill. To our surprise there was a large hotel with (once again) stunning views over the mountain ranges.

Garmisch/Patrenack is a great place to go. Anyone into skiing and the outdoors could not find a better place to base themselves in Germany.
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inh on

lol its Zug-spitze (train peak)

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