Getting to Mittenwald was a bit of an adventure because we didn't understand how German trains work and we boarded the wrong one (we didn't know that multiple trains line up on the same track). We had to backtrack, but eventually made it on the right train, where we dozed and enjoyed the scenery.
I had chosen the town of Mittenwald for its hiking trails, proximity to Munich, and its architectural beauty. It's a small town, famous for its violin-making, built in the classic Bavarian style, and surrounded by mountains.
Most of the restaurants in town served traditional Bavarian food, and by this point I had eaten my share of sausage. Unfortunately the only non-German restaurant served Italian food, and as we were headed to Italy in a week, it seemed silly to eat Italian food in Germany. My "salad topped with bacon" turned out to be a few pieces of lettuce drowned in sausage.
|Karwandel Mountain Station|
View a panorama shot from the top of the cable car.
Sometimes I wonder whether we seek out too many mountains while traveling, but the Alps were breathtaking and I'd love one day to hike from town to town in the Alps. After enjoying a beer on the patio, we descended to Mittenwald, where we ate lunch and window shopped, then decided to do some hiking before heading back to Munich.
We settled on the Leutasch Gorge, also known as the "spirit gorge." The steep-sided gorge was only opened to tourists in 2006 after the German and Austrian governments built thousands of feet of steel walkways and bridges. It's the longest accessible gorge in the Eastern Limestone Alps. At some point while hiking to the gorge, you cross the German-Austrian border. It was crazy to walk into another country like that. Honestly, I was pretty terrified walking on the metal grates looking at the river far below. We stuck around for long enough to take a few pictures then hiked back to catch our train to Munich.
Ben was impressed by the woodworking and architecture in Mittenwald (he's planning to write a future post on all the cool woodworking we encounter in our travels).
And I can't help but love this photo of myself. Ben is very patient to put up with all my photo-taking.