Because we had spent so much time exploring Paris, we wanted to get an opportunity to explore some nature. PBear requested that we see some mountains or caves on our honeymoon, and so what better place to see mountains than the alps.
Of course, the weather was not exactly cooperating with us on this trip. Every single day, in Paris and in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it rained for some part of it.
Thus, the first day we were in Garmisch, we went to Partnach Gorge. For millions of years, the river has chipped away at the mountain, creating the gorge. It was used for hundreds of years to transport firewood, and it really is a gorgeous site (heh.).
It is probably one of those outside adventures that is actually improved by rain and also probably the scariest. You are incredibly close to the edge of the very rapidly flowing water, and the rock you’re standing on is slippery, and all that stands between you and sure death is a little wood railing…yeah, it was a bit scary and I’m a wimp. But the views are stunning.
The next day, we had originally planned on hiking Zugspitze. However, it was insanely cold (high around 26F), and with no visibility. Thus, we ended up hiking Zugspitze’s little brother, Alpspitz.
We took the lift to the top, where there is AlpspiX, a viewing platform that makes an X shape as it dangles off of the cliff. Yes, the sights on top are amazing, but you also feel like you’re going to die as you look through the grating floor down onto rocks far far away. Furthermore, it’s shaking as people are moving around. I am terrified of heights, so it’s not really my idea of fun, but I tried to enjoy it while clinging tightly to the railing.
We ended up hiking our way down to the other lift, even though we hadn’t originally planned on it since not even five minutes after we had gotten on to the top, the clouds rolled in and visibility dropped significantly (it even started to snow a little!). Every turn was another amazing view and before we knew it, we had hiked the whole trail. Boy were we starving by the time we finished.
The last day we were in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, we rented a car and drove to Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the inspiration for the Disney castle. I thought the insides were beautiful, but like some of the comments in my planning post, I felt like the surroundings and the outside of the castle overshadowed the inside tour.
On the way home from the castle, we stopped by Lechfalls for a second. It was pouring rain, so we didn’t get a chance to hike around the falls, but we had to stop and see the view. The Lech River is this gorgeous blue color that is mesmerizing and unlike any other river I had seen before. It gets the color from plankton and minerals in the water, which is just cool.
All and all, it was a nice relaxing break from the hustle of Paris, and the views were unbelievable. Though I was originally hesitant about going to a ski resort in the middle of the summer, we really had a lovely time.
Lastly, we stop in Prague.
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