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The twin towns of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

Good eats in Germany

“Essen und Trinken in Deutschland”

CAUTION: The photos you are about to see may cause unstoppable drooling. If you get the case of the noms, I claim full responsibility.

Over a two-week interval in early-fall 2011, I went up and down the length of Germany. I started in Frankfurt, a short hop to Köln, north to Hamburg, back to Frankfurt, east to München, south to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and finally, back to Frankfurt.

That was about 1900 km (1200 mi) of traveling on the train, but there was some food in between …

Wiener Schnitzel, RheinZeit, Köln, Koeln, Cologne

Foreground: Wiener veal-schnitzel with fries, lemon slices, capers, sardines. Background: Flammkuche with feta, green chiles, olives, onion : RheinZeit, Köln – 29 September 2011.

Döner Oruc Köln Koeln Cologne

Döner sandwich with cilanto, onion, red hot peppercorns; Ayran yogurt-drink : Oruc, Köln – 29 September 2011.

Mangal Köln Koeln Cologne

Lunch starter, thin bread with spicy red dip, sour cream with carrot, sour cream with cucumber : Mangal, Köln – 30 September 2011.

Mangal Köln Koeln Cologne

Lunch main, grilled lamb over wood/coal grill : Mangal, Köln – 30 September 2011.

Künefe Kuenefe Mangal Köln Koeln Cologne

Künefe, baked dessert with angel hair, cheese-center, cream and walnuts on top, all on thin layer of honey : Mangal, Köln – 30 September 2011.

Currywurst Edelcurry Hamburg

Currywurst (spicy), fries, Fritz-Kola : Edelcurry, Hamburg – 1 October 2011.

Hamsi Meral's Imbiss Frankfurt am Main

Hamsi (Sardellen) fried-fish sandwich, fresh lemonade : Meral’s Imbiss (döner boat on the river Main), Frankfurt am Main – 3 October 2011.

Jägerbraten with Spätzle, Jaegerbraten with Spaetzle, Gasthof Werdenfelser-Hof, Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany

Jägerbraten (hunter’s style roast pork in mushroom sauce) with homemade Spätzle : Gasthof Werdenfelser-Hof, Partenkirchen – 8 October 2011.

Even with this small sample, I do think food throughout Germany can be colourful and tasty, and can offer variety outside of the traditional “meat and starch” fare. Now and again, I do want the latter; the final photo above is evidence of that!

Upon posting, I found this post on Käsespätzle; please go read Laurel’s post, and tell her how fantastic that photograph of Käsespätzle looks.

For your interest, here’s where I described my travel plans and my rail itinerary with a RailEurope pass:

I made the eight photos above between 29 September and 8 October 2011. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

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Ascent to the top of Germany

The series:

Around the Alps, the following questions are often asked: is it cloudy? If it is and I decide to go up, will I see nothing but near-zero visibility?

On the morning of 2011 October 9, skies were overcast, but there were some promising clear patches around. Rainshowers over the previous couple of nights down in Garmisch-Partenkirchen town would have been snow at elevations higher than about 1000 metres, which meant all of the “local hills” would be frosted in white.

I took a chance and decided to ascend: it would be all or nothing – a view full of glory, or a view with a whole lot of grey.

There are four ways up to Zugspitze, which at an altitude of 2960 metres above sea level is the highest mountain in Germany. One way up is to scale the mountain on foot for the experienced trekker and climber. For the rest of us, there are three alternative routes to the summit:

  • Bayerische Zugspitzbahn cogwheel railway from Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Eibsee-Seilbahn, aerial tramway from Eibsee, down the road from Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Tiroler Zugspitzbahn, aerial tramway from Ehrwald in Tirol, on the other side of the valley in Austria

For the ascent, I rode the Zugspitzbahn railway to Eibsee, and took the aerial tramway up to the summit. Despite the possible snow up top, this was still the “summer season”. The round-trip to the summit costs € 48 per person (summer 2011), which sounds expensive, but as you’ll see in this and subsequent posts, I believe the trip was worth the price.

Bayerische Zugspitzbahn, Garmisch-PartenkirchenZugspitzbahn station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Bayerische Zugspitzbahn, Garmisch-PartenkirchenThe way up. (Halt auf Verlangen = stop upon request)

Zugspitzbahn leaving Eibsee stationZugspitzbahn leaving Eibsee station for the summit.

With operations starting in 1963, the Eibsee aerial tramway was designed as an alternative and faster means of ascending the Zugspitze summit.

Over the total 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) horizontal distance traveled, there are just two pylons or support towers, lifting the aerial tram vertically over 1950 metres (6400 feet) from the lower-station in the valley (about 1000 metres or 3280 feet above sea level) to the upper-station near the summit (2960 metres or 9700 feet above sea level). The height of the towers are 65 and 85 metres (213 and 279 feet, respectively), which makes the latter the tallest cable support-tower in the country. At its steepest near the summit, the aerial tramway reaches a grade of 46 degrees.

Eibsee cable car schematicEibsee cable car: just two support towers over a horizontal length of 4.5 kilometres, a vertical climb of almost 2 kilometres, and a maximum grade of 46 degrees.

Eibseeseilbahn TalstationLooking up from the Eibseeseilbahn Talstation (Eibsee cable car, lower station).

1st tower, Eibseeseilbahn (cable car)On the Eibsee cable car to the first tower.

To the 2nd tower, EibseeseilbahnOn the Eibseeseilbahn, up to the second tower.

Looking down, EibseeseilbahnOn the Eibseeseilbahn: breaking through the clouds.

Eibsee lakePast the second tower, looking back down to Eibsee.

Ridge along Grosse RiffelwandspitzeRidge along Grosse Riffelwandspitze; ice and snow chunks from the cable.

Cross marks the summitGipfelkreuz (summit cross) on the Bavaria/Germany side.

Austrian side of ZugspitzeTowards the frozen Tirolian/Austrian side of Zugspitze.

Despite the clouds at mid-level, the chance I took with the trip up to the summit proved very rewarding, as the aerial tramway broke through the clouds and into clear blue skies at the Zugspitze summit.

In subsequent posts, you’ll encounter a view of the surroundings from the summit.

Some external links:

Have you also gone up to the highest point in Germany? Please leave your comments below!

The series:

I made the photos above on 9 October 2011. This post is originally published on Fotoeins Fotopress (


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