Looking towards the centre from the 'Englischer Garten' park in Munich
Looking towards the centre from the Englischer Garten park in Munich.

The Munich town hall
The Munich town hall from Alter Peter, the bell tower of St Peterskirche.

Altes Rathaus - Munich's old town hall
The Altes Rathaus (old town hall) of Munich.

Three different ways to use your roof terrace - garden, camping shop & cafe
Here's three things to do with your roof terrace - garden, camping shop and cafe.


The main street in Mittenwald
Mittenwald's main street, with Lüftmalerei paintings on the buildings either side.

Mittenwald houses decorated with Lüftmalerei
Mittenwald houses decorated with Lüftmalerei.

The mountains east of Mittenwald
The mountains east of Mittenwald.


The summit of the Zugspitze
The summit of the Zugspitze, 2962 metres.

The Zugspitze summit platform
The Zugspitze summit platform. It has got to be the noisiest mountain I've been up. The top is completely built up, with cafes, a mountain hut, a museum, souvenir shops and hundreds of people. And that's apart from the multiple cable cars and the train on its slopes, and the construction work on the south side. The actual summit is in Germany, but part of the summit platform is Austrian.

The resident flock of crows at the summit of the Zugspitze
A flock of crows inhabit the summit. They stand around on the rocks for 10 minutes or so, and then all leave to swoop and loop several times round the summit, before coming to rest again.

One of the many cable cars leading up the Zugspitze
This cable car leads down some of the way towards Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The Eibsee from the summit of the Zugspitze
Looking down to the Eibsee, about 2000 metres below, from the summit of the Zugspitze.


Looking up the Reintal valley from the river near Reintalangerhütte
Looking up the Reintal valley from the river near Reintalangerhütte.

Sheep crossing the river via a small island
I reached Reintalangerhütte in the mid-afternoon. I went and sat by the small river, near an island. At first, it was quiet... but after half an hour or so, sheep started arriving on the far bank. Cautiously at first, they started crossing over to the island, edging their way into the water and wading across. And then more and more of them arrived, pushing each other and crowding on the bank. Eventually the entire herd had crossed to the tiny island in the centre of the stream. Realising I was in the way, I moved from my spot, to the obvious relief of the sheep who now started the second leg of the crossing, once again wading (with an occasional splashing leap) through the river on to the bank where I had recently been sitting.


In the Partnachklamm Gorge
Coming from the south, most of the routes are gentle forest paths heading down from the higher alpine ground into the lower ground around Garmisch Partenkirchen. But following the river Partnach down into the town, you reach a tremendous gorge. The river storms its way down through a narrow cut in the rock, leaving no way anyone could normally follow it. But a half-ledge, half-tunnel walkway has been hewn into the rock a few metres above the water level.

A beam of sunlight illuminates the Partnachklamm gorge
Proof that light travels in a straight line! - a beam of sunlight reaches in to the extremely narrow gorge.


Oberammergau from Kofel
Oberammergau from Kofel.

The Pilatushaus in Oberammergau
The Pilatushaus in Oberammergau.

Kofel from the Bärenhöhle cave
Kofel from the Bärenhöhle cave, near Oberammergau by the road to Ettal.

Kofel from Oberammergau
Kofel from Oberammergau, by a Lüftmalerei-painted house.

The monastery church in the Kloster Ettal abbey
When I set off from Oberammergau, it was just a little cloudy after a bright morning. By the time I reached Ettal, it was pouring with rain and the fog had come down. Here's the monastery church in the Kloster Ettal abbey.

Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein

Schloss Neuschwanstein, taken from the Marienbrücke bridge
Schloss Neuschwanstein, taken from the Marienbrücke bridge.

The Marienbrücke bridge, taken from Schloss Neuschwanstein
The Marienbrücke bridge, from Schloss Neuschwanstein.

A view of one end of Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Neuschwanstein from close-up.

Rapids on the stream below Schloss Neuschwanstein
Up in the Schloss Neuschwanstein, perched on its rock, you don't realise that there's this tremendous stream - the Pöllat Gorge - right down below it - and a walkway attached some height up the rock wall above the raging waters.

Schloss Hohenschwangau
Looking up at Schloss Hohenschwangau from the village of Hohenschwangau.

Schloss Hohenschwangau in front of the Alpsee and Schwansee
Schloss Hohenschwangau from the opposite hillside (near Neuschwanstein), in front of the Alpsee and Schwansee lakes.

A tree growing on a boulder
This tree is growing on a boulder.