Southern Germany Sampler: Day Four — Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Zugspitze & Oberammergau

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The trip from Ulm to our next stop unexpectedly took us through Austria. This can be a hazard if you’re relying on your GPS (“Navi“) too much and not really paying attention to the entire route. We pulled into a gas station and coughed up the 7.90€ for the Vignette, but in hindsight, I don’t think that was really necessary. Of course, the Austrian highway administration doesn’t make this abundantly clear; it’s in their interest that you fork it over on the chance that you might need to use one of their federal roads.

PA131128But anyway, the ride through some small Austrian towns on our way back into Germany at Garmisch-Partenkirchen was a nice one: lots of curves along valleys and streams through pastures and hillsides. We had a good time keeping an eye on the altimeter (oddly the same effect upon hitting +1000m as -15m or so in the Netherlands). By the time we arrived in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the weather had turned — thick, soupy fog enveloped everything. But fortunately, that was not the case at the summit. PA131114In fact, breaking through the cloud layer on the way up noticeably lightened the mood in the cogwheel train. It got even better as we looked out over Germany’s Highest Biergarten — sure didn’t look that way during our last visit.

Visibility in September 2004:
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Visibility in October 2010:

Heading back down into the cold, gray fog didn’t dampen our spirits. Something stoopit did, though.