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    • Day 12

      More from Tegernsee

      September 15, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      There was so much to see and photograph, including Anna (Anke’s daughter), who had to endure a second day of hearing us speak English. It was particularly difficult for her, as she is just learning English at school, and our accents, combined with speaking too fast, made it difficult for her. We involved her in the conversation by asking her to teach us the German word for things, e.g. we now know a lake is ‘see’,a mountain is ‘berg’, a child is ‘kinder’, a tree is ‘baum’, the sun is ‘sonne’ and the stars are ‘sterne’.

      We had lunch at a lovely restaurant called Alta on the shores of the lake before heading back to Munich.
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      The weather looks lovely as well as the views


      It is a lovely area of Bavaria and we were fortunate to have great weather

    • Day 12

      A Big Day Out in Bavaria

      September 15, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Today we had a slightly later start to the day. We have been very fortunate with the weather in Munich, and today is no exception - blue skies and sunshine with temperatures in the mid 20’s.

      Our first destination was Tegernsee, a picturesque Bavarian town situated on lake Tegernsee, about 55 kilometres from Munich. Again, as it was a sunny day, everyone was heading either to the mountains to hike or the lake to relax (eat and drink beer) or sail. The Germans love to hike through the mountains. On the trip south we passed numerous small villages, such as Waakirchen and Gmund to name a few. We also encountered a lot of traffic on the autobahn, and so the speed was restricted to between 80 and 120kms, which the Germans do not like. Yesterday, at times my cousin was driving at speeds of 140 to 160kms per hour and, even then, other cars were flying past us - they must have been going at least 200kms per hour! Way too fast for my liking.

      Tegernsee is situated on a lake, and so we went for a bit of a walk along the shoreline, where we encountered people sun baking, swimming in the chilly lake and fishing, and even saw people having scuba diving lessons. We then wandered around some of the streets, to check out the architectural styles of the housing.

      On our return to the lake, we went past the local brewery, church and many restaurants. We stopped at Alta, a lovely restaurant on the lake, to have a typical Bavarian lunch of bread with a range of spreads (like dips). We had tuna, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes, chicken and curry, smoked salmon and dill, mustard and honey, apricot and rosemary and a local cheese which are all mashed up with cream cheese - very nice.

      After lunch we drove around the lake, and then headed back to Munich. I am glad we got to Tegernsee early, as the traffic heading towards the area as we were leaving was overwhelming, with traffic jams that went for over a kilometre.

      Once we returned to Munich we headed to the English Gardens. See the next instalment about this green space in Munich.
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      Beautiful area.

    • Day 24

      Setzberg und Wallberg

      February 8, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

      Sunny Saturdays are amazing. This one has another hike and new friends. Garnot I met on couch-surfing, a website for .. Couchsurfing. He likes hiking and the outdoors. So do I, so we match well.

      After his surprise invitation on Thursday night, I am excited to meet him. All I know about him is that he's got a good sense of humour and he checked my fitness level before officially inviting me for today, which I used to take as slightly rude, yet now I take as a sign of a good hiking guide.

      I arrive a the Hauptbahnhoff early, knowing there's an hour train ride ahead means I want a coffee to take with me. I love train rides for the fact that you can have a coffee and a nice chat before the hike - and rather than have a nap like last time, I choose a quick coffee stand and pay too much for a cup and head over to the meeting-spot.

      When I arrive, Garnot is unmistakable: tall and looking for someone. He's laughing as I arrive, shouting "I found him!" to a group of strangers who he just invited to come along, thinking one of them was me ;) He brings me round to meet Conny, who is joining us today. Both are full of smiles and trying to figure out how much German I speak - or don't. They're both full of questions as we board the train, and I am too. They joke and make fun of each other, themselves, and me as we ride to Tegernsee, and it feels a little like coming home. There's a way of making fun of yourself, and your friends, that emerges here and it reminds me of favourite moments of home with friends on our way to, from, or on an adventure. I smile.

      The train arrives late, and Garnot is checking his watch. The bus schedule is tight, yet it appears we will still reach the one we need - until we are actually at the bus stop and we realize the one we want doesn't run today!

      Luckily there are many paths to the mountains. We get on the bus that many others are getting on, and many people have snowshoes or cross-country skis with them. We must be getting on "a" right bus.

      Garnot tells Conny and I to sit and relax. He checks his phone looking for a plan B. Always in Germany is there a Plan A and a Plan B or more! Sometimes even a Plan Z. Garnot decides on the new plan, and by the time he tells us what it is, it's time to get off the bus and start walking.

      The sun is shining brightly today, and at our stop only two other people get off. They carry sleds, not snowshoes, and head out first and faster than us. After a few minutes we put on snowshoes, even tho the trail is clear and well-trod. Garnot teaches how to use an avalanche-machine. The LFZ searching device, in-case someone is covered in an avalanche. There's low risk today, but Garnot says it's better safe than sorry. After wandering with Franz in a straw hat and beers, I think this is a bit elaborate, yet I also have no idea where we're going.

      Turns out we're taking the steep trail up. It hasn't been trod on at all, and it's so steep walking is as if we are hiking stairs, stairs in 2 or 3 feet of snow. We pace ourselves well. I practice my German and my listening yet many words are lost on me, yet the times I do understand Conny and Garnot are smiling and laughing at my jokes. It's hard to tell a good joke when you talk like a 3 year old, but it works. Strangely, the few Bavarian words I know come out clear and are entirely unexpected - shocking the two northern Germans I'm hiking with.

      After a few lost paths and sunny pauses, we reach a saddle along a ridge. We hike the ridge to Setzberg where we lunch. As always it is beautiful, offering a view of Tegernsee that everyone envies. When we finally reach the top, my legs are ready for a rest. This is my third day of sport with packed lunches. I wonder if I'm eating enough when I do this much sport, yet as long as I'm moving I have little need for food.

      We hike more, to the ski lift and butte at Wallberg, where many people enjoy the sunshine after arriving without hiking. assisted with the help of the lift. We gaze at a police helicopter parked nearby, yet have important things to do here: get a refreshment and enjoy the view.

      After our pause at the butte, we head down, yet Garnot takes us to the steepest slope, and proceeds to run down as if skiing with his snowshoes. Conny is quick behind and I follow, laughing as I fall with style down a mountain. Garnot calls out to make sure I'm ok, to find out if I've done this before. I call back, shouting happily that I have no idea what I'm doing and that it's so much fun.

      There's much more to the day, yet right now I have to head out as I'm late for a coffee. More later!
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    • Day 29

      Ich schwänze fur Bergen

      February 13, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

      Franz sends a text on Tuesday night - another hike with Ooli for Thursday morning! As always, I say yes. A good hike can only happen with good weather and school can happen during bad weather, so I decide to take another "Fridays for the Future" and improve my quality of life. Between Franz' text and our hike, I run Wednesday and again the morning of the hike.

      After my run, I meet Franz on the corner, and drive through traffic to meet Ooli. There's lots in Munich this morning. It's a bit unpredictable, I'm told. It takes longer to get through town and Franz makes up for it on the Autobahn, where there is no speed limit. We reach Ooli only 2 minutes later than expected.

      We head towards Tegernsee. Always to Tegernsee! There are so many mountains and beautiful hikes here. And Tegernsee ( and Bad Wiesse) always look adorable. Today the mountains are clear and beautiful even from the car. Driving through the towns always reminds me of fairy tales. I often wonder how many pictures good 'ol Walt took to make his American Disney cartoons so reminiscent of German villages.

      This time we drive past Tegernsee and into the mountains. The snow here is beautiful - it's still fresh on the trees. When we stop, the parking area, trees and trail are all covered in fresh snow. No one has been up the trail since the last snowfall and the blanket covering the mountain takes my breath away before we even start hiking. Ooli jokes that I need to take the lead. The young strong man should carve a path in the fresh snow. I agree and jump to it!

      Here at the base of Rosstein, the snow is already deep. There is no path and quickly the snow creeps deeper and deeper. I find steps by tripping on them as I walk up the hill. Soon the joke is that we're now hiking in our boots through snow deeper than when I had snow-shoes last week with Garnot - only it never ends! We hike and hike. We lose the path many times and I am constantly asking "Wechles weg? Richts? Links?" and always Franz is behind me point the way.

      Ooli comes behind, making sure we don't fall or lose our way. Maybe he's just taking it easy, but either way I push on. The snow is sometimes up to my knees, and several times I stumble and must crawl along. I get a few tips from the experts and try to stay where the snow is more shallow but somehow I always find just the right place to sink in. Luckily my steps show the others where to step (or not step) and we make it to the first hut at 1400 m - but it's closed! We've gone up 6 or 700m, and still have at least 400 more to go. After a short break we continue on. Walking for me is now is more like wading through water, trying to balance on wet spaghetti instead of my usual strong legs. When I stop thinking of it and take in the view all my exhaustion vanishes.

      We reach a false-peak on the way to the top, yet black storm clouds arrive before us. It's still 30 or 40 minutes to the top, and the clouds get darker as we stand looking at them. No one wants to be caught in 1 meter of snow with hours to hike down while it starts snowing - so we pause and head back to the closed hut. We can see the peak as if it's close enough to touch, yet today it will stay out of reach.

      The peak is one of two - Rosstein and Buchstein. Between them is a small saddle where Tegernsee hutte sits. It's also closed, yet I can only imagine the view. Just a few weeks ago we were on Fockenstein and this hutte was pointed out to me - and here we are with it in view! It's sad to turn back, but my stomach rumbles and my spaghetti-legs scream for rest. I regret my morning run.

      We find a nook behind the closed hutte we passed earlier. There's a sliver of sunshine and a pause in the wind where we can rest and snack. As we rest, the clouds begin to disappear and we debate turning back again to reach the peak. Time has moved on without us, unfortunately, and no one thinks there is enough time to go up and return before dark. Instead we pause a little longer and head down.

      There is a most beautiful bench in the sunshine on the way down. We pause again for water and to soak in the sun here, where there is no wind. It's so delightful that Franz and Ooli take the opportunity for a short afternoon nap. Today, I can't help but join in.

      We pass by other hikers - two women who are loud enough for a crowd. This is the new topic: hikers that refuse to enjoy the silence. It makes us laugh as we mourn how we did not reach the peak. When we reach the car, we all check our devices to see our distance. I am disappointed until Franz admits that leading the entire way through fresh snow is hard work, and that we would not have made it so far without me in the lead.

      It's a good compliment, reluctantly given, from Franz. Today I'll take it.
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    • Day 5

      Tegernsee, Deutschland

      August 8, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück und einem Billiard-Match (welches Lena gewonnen hat) ging es für uns Richtung Schliersee. Da es uns dort nicht sonderlich gut gefiel (weil uns der See dezent an den Prinzenteich in Eisenach erinnerte), machten wir uns auf den Weg zum Tegernsee. Dort parkten wir und liefen zum Ufer. Trotz Wolken am Himmel gefiel es uns hier besser, wir entschieden uns dazu, im Taj Mahal (indisch) essen zu gehen. Anschließend suchten wir einen Stellplatz für die Nacht und fanden den perfekten Stellplatz - südlich des Tegernsees, direkt an der Straße, auf der wir am nächsten Tag zum Achensee fahren wollten. Als wir dort ankamen, regnete es leider, dennoch gefiel es uns sehr gut und als Sahnehäubchen gab es noch einen Bach in der Nähe. Wunderschön. Nach einer Folge „Grey‘s Anatomy“ bei Licherketten-Schein schliefen wir relativ zeitig ein, denn am nächsten Tag hatte Franzi Geburtstag und es erwartete sie ein Tag voller Überraschungen. ☺️Read more

    • Day 10


      January 25, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 1 °C

      The week starts to blend after the bike ride. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are errands. I meet a friend to get advice on a place to live, registering my visa, and sorting out bank accounts. I check out language schools, double checking my original decision. I go to Salsa. I catch the sunset. I ride a bike to Grafelfing to discover that it’s closed by noon. I return to Grafelfing and get registered. I go to group book-reading and discover a Canadian who’s been working in Germany for 2 years and doesn’t speak German at all. She’s from Toronto.

      Wednesday though; Wednesday. Franz takes Oli and I to Frockenstien, near Tigernsee. It’s incredible. I would write something, but no words can describe it. I’m writing this on a lazy Saturday and I still can’t get over it. Here are pictures.
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    • Day 143

      Tegernsee - Warm up

      August 21, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Tegernsee gut, Hotel sehr gut, Wetter einfach genial. Heute haben wir schon mal eine Warm-Up Runde in die Berge gemacht.
      Morgen treffen wir die anderen Mädels der Wandergruppe und dann geht's endlich los 😀Read more


      Ich wünsche Dir viel Spaß und gute Füße 😊

    • Day 2

      Wanderung um den Tegernsee

      August 27, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Heute ist der 1. Tag der Alpenüberquerung. Da wir bereits in Bad Wiessee wohnen, haben wir beschlossen um den ganzen See zu wandern. Das Wetter ist toll, sonnig keine Wolke am Himmel und 27 Grad Celsius im Schatten. Wir laufen zuerst am See entlang nach Rottach/Egern. Die meiste Strecke ging es über Asphalt. Nach einem kalten 🍺 ging es weiter Richtung Tegernsee. Die meiste Zeit laufen wir in der sengenden Sonne. Im Schatten sind Pausen abgesagt. Am Rathaus in Tegernsee haben wir uns den 1. Stempel zur Alpenüberquerung abgeholt. Die Ausschilderung ist wirklich sehr gut. Ab Tegernsee laufen wir den Höhenweg nach Gmund. Diesmal ging's auch durch den Wald, nicht nur Asphalt. In Tegernsee ist eine Rast im Eiskaffee abgesagt, ach hat das geschmeckt. Von Gmund nach Bad Wiessee sind wir den Holzer Höhenweg gelaufen, mit tollem Blick über den Tegernsee. Heute sind wir insgesamt 38242 Schritte gegangen, 29,4 km. Reicht für den 1. Tag. Abends war wieder Sauna angesagt und zum Abendessen gab's Forelle und Käse mit einem Zweigelt vom Tegernsee. Lecker.Read more


      Komoot rockt 👍 😉 Respekt! Ein langer Fußmarsch.

    • Day 7

      6. Tegernsee

      June 27, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Nach einem ganzen Tag am Starnberger See mit wundervollem Sonnenschein, ganz viel Baden, Fahrradtour zur Roseninsel und natürlich köstliches Bier im Biergarten trinken, geht es weiter zum Tegernsee.

      Unterwegs kurzen spontanen Stopp in Bad Tölz an der Isar eingelegt. Richtig schöne Altstadt und einen tollen Wohnmobilparkplatz direkt am Fluss inklusive Kinderspielplatz (Testurteil Leni....gut👍....weil....viele Kinder).

      Weiter geht's zum Tegernsee. Richtig türkis blaues Wasser. Haben spontan entscheiden 2 Tage zu bleiben, weil das schöne Wetter mit uns mit reist und hier einfach 30 Grad sind. Auch ein Matschbecken für Leni ist hier, so dass sie sich auch abkühlen kann. Tollstes Spiel....Brötchen im Kinderwagen verstecken und suchen. Auch das SUP haben wir herausgeholt. Macht mega Spaß. Leute richtig nett überall. Auch mit Enrico's Kumpel haben wir uns spontan zum Abendspaziergang getroffen und natürlich auch ein Bierchen getrunken...hier am schönen Tegernsee.
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    • Day 1

      Es geht los 😃

      June 24, 2021 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Nach einer abenteuerlichen Anfahrt mit Gewitter, Starkregen und Hagel haben wir unser Tagesziel erreicht.
      Nach dem Essen haben wir noch einen Parklplatz für die nächsten zwei Wochen gesucht und jetzt heißt es alles sortieren, hinrichten und erholen für die ersten Km Morgen früh...Read more

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