When I envisioned Germany in the winter, I pictured beautiful snowy mountains, thick winter coats, and heiße schokolade. This was exactly what I saw when we pulled into Garmisch. Although the weather in the city was a warmer 16 degrees (60 F), the temperatures atop the Zugspitze mountain were much cooler– -3 (24 F).
We were staying at the Edelweiss, an American Hotel on the American Military Base in Garmisch, and I walked to the nearest train station to get to the Zugspitze. The walk was not bad, only about twenty minutes south from the hotel. I got on the train at the Alpspitzbahn, which took me through Hammersbach and on to Grainau. At Grainau, I switched trains to continue on to the Zugspitze, getting off at the Eibseebahn to ride the seilbahn (cable car) up the side of the mountain.
I can honestly say this was one of the most amazing and unique experiences of my life. For starters, I found out the hard way that you have to listen very closely to what the conductor on the train is saying… I was supposed to get off the train at Grainau to continue on to the Zugspitze… oops! I ended up getting back off at the Alpspitzbahn and had to start all over again. Lesson learned!
For the $60.00 that I payed for my train and Zugspitze pass combined, I would say this was definitely the trip of a lifetime. For all but an hour, or two- counting the tiny error on my behalf, my world completely changed. I truly felt as though I was on top of the world, and it sure did look like I was.
If you’re planning a trip to Germany, I would certainly recommend that you make Garmisch a priority. If you’re looking for a storybook version of a winter wonderland for your German experience, you will not be disappointed.
You can see the beautiful golden globes of this church from many points throughout the city, but we were trying to find it on a rather foggy day. After an extended search, we located the golden globes and headed in that direction! Very beautiful church and well worth the visit.
Note: The cost to enter is 2 euros and you cannot take photos inside.
Just a short hour and a half drive from Wiesbaden, Germany, and you’ll find yourself in a new et of surroundings: France! Although the signs looked about the same, the language was certainly different. A rainy day for travel, but a beautiful city to visit. Wiessenberger, France.
After spending some time in the wonderful shops and stores in the downtown area, you can mosey through the streets to see the wonderful, large Karlsruhe Palace. Built in 1715 and now the seat of the two highest courts in Germany (Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Court of Justice), the courtyard is extremely popular for tourists as well as members living in the community. It has been speculated that the overall layout of Karlsruhe was a model for Washington D.C., as both cities have a center from which the street radiate outward. A very interesting layout, indeed, for you can see the palace from all of the main streets by the market square.
You can enjoy a nice, quick ride on the city’s cable car public transport system, or you can mosey along with all the busy street-walkers and enjoy the fresh air. The city is really easy to navigate through and there are so many wonderful things to see. One interesting thing to me was the tiles outside the apartment buildings that serve as memorials for Jews who perished in the war. A very cold death that took them, and a very cold, yet heart-warming memorial to serve as a reminder of their fate.
Formerly the baroque residence of the Princes and later Dukes of Nassau on the banks of the Rhine in the Wiesbaden, this schloss (or castle) is a beautiful site to visit! In the winter, the halls are often filled with guests from all over Germany who wish to celebrate events in elegance. In the spring and summer, you will find crowds of tourists grazing in the grass beyond the courtyard, and often a small concert in the grassy area to the east of the castle. Generous to bicyclists and walkers, this is a wonderful meeting place for families and friends.
Amazing photos from the Vollrods Schloss in Osterich-Winkel, Germany. Certainly a must-see!
What a beautiful city! Just a short 25 minute drive from Wiesbaden, the beauty here will astound you. Situated on either side of the Rhine River, you can experience a busy café with amazing cakes, treats, coffee, and cappuccino, or gaze upon the vast vineyards that fill the hills and look over the city. In the Spring and Summer you can take a cable car ride up over the city. We did not get to experience this, but I would love to come back and do that one day! We visited the Niederwald Monument and the Abbey Church of St. Hildegard. Both of these sites are worth your time! Here are some pictures:
Gazing upon the city of Rudesheim.
More gazing upon the city… what an amazing view!
This monument, built by German Emperor Wilhelm I, serves as a memorial for the unity of Germany after the European wars in the 19th century.
Germania holds the recovered crown of the emperor in the right hand and in the left the Imperial Sword.
Built from 1900-1908 in the Romanesque style of the ancient basilicas. Unlike any church I have EVER seen! Beautiful!
Inside the church…. amazing.
Just inside the doors of the church, to the right of the pews. Inspiring. Amazing.
Hallo (Hello) from Heidelberg, Germany!
The drive into this wonderful city is absolutely gorgeous. With the Universitat Heidelberg near the city’s historical downtown, there are lots of students moseying around in the streets, giving it a sense of livelihood. On the way to the Heidelberg Schloss (Castle), you must drive alongside the Neckar River. This city is certainly photo-friendly with amazing scenery and beautiful buildings stretching far into the clouds! A must-see for ANY traveler. If you are visiting Germany, you mustn’t skip Heidelberg!
In the courtyard of the Heidelberger Schloss (Heidelberg Castle).
From the courtyard of the Castle. What a beautiful view!
Spectacular view of the castle!
Getting a little closer!
Wow! What an amazing view!
Hello and thank you for visiting my blog! I will be posting lots of pictures and reviews for various cities throughout Germany and surrounding countries during my four month stay here in this beautiful country. I look forward to the experiences ahead and I am very excited to share them all through the beauty of photography! Stay tuned :)
Protestant Church on the main square in downtown Wiesbaden, Germany