Bavarian Alps and Garmisch-Partenkirchen
For lunch, we stopped in Ettal to visit Ettal Monastery, a Benedictine Abbey, where monks still run a brewery, distillery and Schaukäserei (cheese factory). The small little town was nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains that sharply jetted into the sky. After exploring the monastery, we browsed the adorable little shops around main street.
|Kid. In. A. Candy. Shop.|
|I was so tempted. So very tempted.|
After breakfast on Tuesday, D and I set out for our activity, a leisurely hike around Lake Eibsee. Located just outside of town, the walk gave use a small glimpse of the Alps in all of their glory. The ~5 mile hike let us soak in the panorama views, waterfalls galore, the crystal-clear deep blue turquoise water in the lake, and of course, the Zugspitze.
|A perfect spot for lunch|
|Waterfalls! Remember these Californians???|
|The view from below...|
|This is what hiking at 22.5 weeks pregnant looks like. Lots of stopping.|
|Highline179. The world's longest suspension bridge at |
1,300ft long and 376ft high, aka Meaghan and Carrie's worst nightmare.
|I don't have a fear of heights and this was even a little crazy for me.|
|Ehrenberg Castle from the other side|
|The view from the Schlosskopft|
Things we learned:
- The Alps are freaking amazing!
- Germans don't post speed limit signs very often.
- Germans speed, a lot.
- Beer is ridiculously cheap!
- We always seem to struggle figuring out how to fill up a car.