Aug 14, 2006
Aug 26, 2006
Our last stop on our journey brought us to what must be the most beautiful landscape in Germany, but then I am partial to mountain scenery. We drove into Mittenwald, which Goethe referred to as "a living picture-book." Situated in the Alps, next to the Austrian border, Mittenwald does most of its business as a ski resort in the winter. But the hiking trails, especially the "Mountain Spirit Gorge Trail" which includes man-made scaffolding that provides a comfortable but precipitous path over the Leutasch Gorge, make Mittenwald a great place to visit in summer. We began by hiking up the Alps to the Austrian border, where a restaurant was situated with an amazing view (though amazing views are fairly easy to be had here). After lunch here, we hiked down to the gorge. And in the evening, there was an open-air concert in "downtown" Mittenwald, with music provided by the Austrian cover band "High Voltage" who were quite good. Once again, I was amazed by the universality of American rock music, after seeing Germans singing along enthusiastically to "Sweet Home Alabama." It was a great way to cap off the Studienreise and bid farewell to our travel mates.