Hiking The Bavarian Alps

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Hiking The Bavarian Alps

As I mentioned in my last post, I picked up my rental car at Central Station in Munich last Thursday afternoon in preparation to get out of the city and see the Alps. Sixt gave me a free upgrade to the new MK3 Audi TT. I think it is a great looking car. Almost has a little of the R8 look in the front end. It has a very cool “virtual cockpit” with the tachometer and speedometer being digital and integrated with the map and nav menu. This particular car was an s-line so it had a very nice interior with bolstered sport seats and alcantara inserts in the seats and door cards. It also had the flat bottom steering wheel. Read more about my adventures with the Audi and hiking the Alps.

Audi TT

 

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My first autobahn experience was outside of Munich in the dark with a fine mist coming out of the sky on my way south to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Probably not the best conditions to get used to a new car also, but I did get it up to 190 km/h or about 118 mph.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a very nice little town. The winter olympics were held here in 1936. I was able to check out the ski jump and a few other areas of the olympic park. The following morning I took a leisurely hike up a trail with a nice view of the Zugspitze which is Germany’s highest peak at 2962 meters. I wanted to get on the road early to get to the Berchtesgaden area before dark, and I wanted to make a few stops on the way. Not much autobahn on this route, but I did drive some very nice back roads up over a couple mountain passes. The TT handles the curves very nicely. It corners fairly flat while still providing a comfortable ride. There was only a slight amount of the infamous Audi understeer.

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Later in the afternoon I arrived in Winkl, Bavaria and met with my host Marianne and her parents. I immediately felt right at home with the family, and we had a nice time telling travel stories and talking about local customs and traditions while drinking Bavarian beer. I can’t thank the Nestles enough for letting me stay for 3 nights and even feeding me every day.

Early Saturday morning I set off for a hike I had planned the night before with help from Michael who knows all the best local trails. The 30 km trail across the Untersberg Massif starts right behind the house I was staying at and crosses the Austrian border. This is the mountain that was in The Sound of Music. The highest peak is the Berchtesgaden Hochthron at 1973 meters. I couldn’t have asked for better weather for the hike. It was sunny and warm even up in the mountains. The views across the top were amazing.

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The next morning I hiked along the base of the Watzmann(2713 meters) and then down a trail(or more like a cliff) to St Bartholomew’s church on the Königssee. The hike down this last section of trail was a lot of fun. There were steep ladders and spots you really had to climb down. I then took the electric ferry back from the church. After another 30 km hike I was ready for a nice ride on a boat.

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After a bit shorter of a hike Monday morning to a waterfall on the Königssee I left Berchtesgaden for Innsbruck, Austria. My time here in the Bavarian Alps has definitely been the highlight of my trip so far. I really enjoyed myself and can’t wait to return.

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Brooks

Brooks

I am traveling the world focusing on adventure and photography.

4 Comments

  • Mom

    Brooksy I think that Audi would love to have your go-pro video and this post!!! They might like to sponsor your trip, and give you a car where ever you go. It’s an adventurous, exciting, intelligent and passionate commentary on your favorite subject!!! Who knows …. Maybe a commercial. It would be another cool Audi advertisement!!

    November 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm
  • Ante Peg

    Geez Brooks, the photos are absolutely stunning. Must confess, I had zero idea of the Audi chatter(: But, you do sound like a great advertisement!! I’ve missed your updates for a few days, glad to see you back on the grid. The couch surfing thing is completely amazing! Kaely & I depart Thursday for NZ but we’ll be tracking you as we travel! I generally post on FB under aikman travel xperts if you want to see what we are up to.

    As always, travel safe and have a blast.
    Ante P

    November 7, 2015 at 11:46 pm
    • Brooks
      Brooks

      Thanks Ante Peg. I’ll definitely be keeping up with you guys on FB. Good luck and have a great time in New Zealand!

      November 8, 2015 at 8:06 am
  • Lara

    Wow. This is going to have to go on my bucket list. Those mountains and views look incredible!

    November 15, 2015 at 8:56 pm

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