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24 Sep 2018
I thought for a few moments and suggested to him that the Zugspitze could be a possibility. To me the idea of the Zugspitze at nearly 3,000m was rather like the Jungfrau and the Marmolada, both big attractions in themselves.
I offered to do the initial survey for the tour, but what I found and saw during my week exploring exceeded all my expectations. From the moment I set foot inside the hotel and stepped out onto my balcony to find such stunning scenery right in front of me, I knew I was onto a winner here.
We stayed in Ehrwald, a lovely Austrian village at the foot of the Zugspitze and there are fabulous views from the garden of the hotel. One evening I rushed out to take a photo of the Zugspitze from the front door as the mountain was turning pink at sunset.
I couldn’t help feeling that the day I spent exploring the Heiterwangersee lake by boat and on foot was going to be another winner. Again wonderful scenery and not unlike the Fjordland of New Zealand that I had experienced a couple of years ago but without 24 hours of flying!
Later in the week, I took the cable car to the top of the Zugspitze itself. The ride up is truly spectacular, climbing nearly 2,000m on one cable. The ride down is quite exciting too and you will have to experience that for yourself! At the top the views are exceptional and matched those that we have when I take groups to the top of the Marmolada. I was equally excited at the prospect of going down to the glacier in another cable car to be able to get my feet on the rock so to speak and do a little exploring. To round off the day there is an easy walk back to our hotel, again with more beautiful views. I returned home with over 300 photos.
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