Deutschland to American Homeland
Well, we had fun! We enjoyed incredible scenery, snowboarding, sightseeing and schnitzel. We visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the bulk of the trip. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is Germany's best known ski area. It has hosted the Olympics, World Championships and, most years, a World Cup race. Garmisch is only 86km from Munich, easily accessible by car or train in less than 1½ hours. There are 53 lifts and 45 marked pistes across four different marked areas, including Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. We did not snowboard Zugspitze, but wish we had after taking the "little train that could" to enjoy the incredible view. Zugspitze is a snowboarder's paradise...ah, next time! After bundling up in our warmest of clothing to beat the 12F degree weather, Dan hit the Black Diamonds, while I stuck to Beginner/Intermediate slopes on the Alpspitz, Kreuzeck and Hausburg ski areas.
A few days were dedicated to touring Innsbruck, Neuschwanstein/Hohenschangau castles and Partnach Gorge ice caves. With 1.5 days to spare, we hurried to Munich to ensure we had the chance to take in its history. Despite not making the 3rd Reich tour, we did manage to jump on the "Munich at its best" tour, which included the BMW museum, Olympic Park and Nymphenburg castle. The night concluded with a little "um pa-pa" at Munich's most famous brew house, Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall.
We enjoyed ourselves immensely, despite coming home with colds. I suppose being in 12F degree weather, surrounded by constant smoke (WA is a non-smoking State), and being up for 24 hours on our return managed to catch up with us.