It was about 29 degrees when we started out on our 4 1/2 mile hike to Grainau. Most of the hike is on flat terrain and a walking path guides the way. (Actually we caught a bus to Hausberg Ski School and that shaved a bit off the hike.) This is definitely the coldest day so far – the type of cold that almost takes your breath away. Click on smaller pictures to enlarge them.
It did stay very overcast all day, but the dreariness is somehow serene and the bleakness shows off a different kind of stark, wintry beauty than that of a day of sunshine. Grainau is located in a magnificent alpine setting. Unfortunately, neither of my 2 favorite gasthauses that serve wonderful goose dinners with dumplings were open since it was after 2 p.m. With quite an appetite, we caught a bus for a short ride to the Eibsee, the lake at the foot of Germany’s tallest mountain, the Zugspitze.
We had an early flammkuchen dinner, caught a bus home and stopped for dessert to take home at a bakery that dates back to 1772. Another great day!