Garmisch-Parenkirchen: turn right at the ducks and fishes

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September 14th 2018
Published: September 14th 2018
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The forecast was right. It did rain, it did thunder and the day looked to be somewhat dicey. But, we have packs, raincoats and umbrellas.

We needed to use the last of our 3 day Zugspitze Pass which meant heading up the valley again. We decided to walked around the Eibsee which is a lovely lake at the head of the valley. We got "Little Toot" to the Eibsee station and set off in drizzle around this stunning lake. It is a 2 hour walk around on a very good track with many benches to stop and admire the views and plenty of rubbish bins. The water is clear and aqua in colour set in a steep basin filled with trees down to the water. We found a bench to sit on for our lunch under trees to act as our umbrellas although we did need to use our umbrellas from time to time. The photos will show how lovely the area is.

On getting back to the entry point for the lake we had "kaffee und kuchen at the café then headed back uphill to the station to check trains going back to GaPa. There was another half
The Eibsee's gorgeous aqua coloured waterThe Eibsee's gorgeous aqua coloured waterThe Eibsee's gorgeous aqua coloured water

Small islands in this area look stunning with their trees and surrounding aqua water
hour to the next train and the station woman said it would take about that to walk down to Grainau. It didn't! It took us ages winding our way on the walking trail. We stopped a man to check we were on the right path and he said, "Just moment, I have a Plan". That was a map, and he then continued to try to give us in pidgin English the direction via Bachersee. When we reached the lake, we were to "Turn right at the ducks and fishes" and that trail would take us to the station. We laughed. That seemed a really funny description. But, how right he was! At one place in the lake were masses of ducks and fishes hanging about to be fed! So, right we went, then heard the toots, and still missed the train! The next one was another hour so we figured to keep on walking down to Hammersbach. By the time we finally got there our feet were very sore. On the plus side, the walk down had taken us through a couple of small villages, through paddocks and past some strange looking geep or shoats! They were milking animals that
A view across the EibseeA view across the EibseeA view across the Eibsee

In the background hidden in the clouds is the high Zugspitze mountain
looked like sheep but had long floppy ears and large udders.

After a wait, our train finally came and we arrived back in GaPa 6 hours later footsore and still needing to walk home. It was a fantastic day of beautiful scenery and worth the effort.

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Geep or shoatsGeep or shoats
Geep or shoats

These animals are like our sheep at home for size but they have long floppy ears and big udders so a bit goat like as well.

15th September 2018

Hi, love the Eibsee Lake and valley, especially the colour! Lovely weather in NZ now,biked through the Spooner tunnel today to the Flat Rock Cafe. Good Tassie score eh Linds!!
15th September 2018

Hi Sheila. Yes, it's lovely here but looking like drizzle today. We leave here on Monday to go back to Switzerland for the remaining time. Nice to hear from you. Disey

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