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Germany’s highest mailbox with its own view of the Alps

Münchner Haus, Zugspitze, Germany

Zugspitze: the frosty top of Germany

Here you are; you’ve made it all the way up onto Zugspitze, the highest point in Germany.

You’ve always appreciated receiving handwritten mail in letters or postcards. As you’re traveling, it’s time you reciprocated by sending cards to family and friends, and you’ve written up a few postcards, ready to send. You’ve come up to the summit and you have the postcards in hand with correct postage already affixed to the postcards.

And in passing, you’ve just noticed there’s a mailbox here … at an elevation of over 9700 feet (almost 3000 metres) above sea level.

Sitting on Zugspitze’s west peak is the Münchner Haus (Munich House), started in 1897 and maintained since by the Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Club). The building has the mailing address and post-code: “Münchner Haus, 82475, Zugspitze”. The accompanying and familiar yellow Deutsche Post mailbox here on Zugspitze is the highest in the country (obviously), and the box’s contents are emptied at 1030am every morning except Sundays (“Leerungszeiten”).

There’s no guarantee your mail will get a “Zugspitze” postal mark before the mail is sent to its destination, but one thing is true: that mailbox has a stunning view of the Alps to call its own.

Münchner Haus, Zugspitze, Germany

Münchner Haus, Deutscher Alpenverein

Münchner Haus, Zugspitze, Germany
Münchner Haus, Zugspitze, Germany

Germany’s highest mailbox

Zugspitze Germany

The mailbox’s east-southeast view towards Gletscherbahn (glacier cablecar) & Reintal valley beyond

I made these photos on 9 October 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

Fotoeins’ Favourite 5 in Germany

I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m apoplectic with rage if a person answers “Oktoberfest” as their first and only thought when asked what they think about Germany.

There’s nothing wrong with the raging keggers and oom-pa-pa at Oktoberfest or the beautiful city that is München. But there’s a lot more to Germany than Oktoberfest. Besides, there’s always the months-long Karneval on the Rhein …

As I’m very fond of the country and its people, I can be defensive when it comes to my “alternate” home that is the Deutschland. Yes, the people can be a little ornery, but break past their gruff orderly fastidious exteriors, and they are a lovely warm and generous people.

Sounds a lot like you and me, doesn’t it?

To encourage a different (and hopefully favourable) set of views about other parts of the country, here are five favourites while I’m in the big D:

I’m in Berlin to catch sunset’s silhouettes on Strasse des 17. Juni.

In Berlin, a ride on the upper-deck of either the 100 or 200 city-bus from Zoologischer Bahnhof will take passengers through many of the sightseeing and talking points of the German capital. As far as the Tiergarten park is concerned, many visitors will visit the Zoo, Brandenburg Gate, and the Siegessäule (Victory Column). Some time to see the Gate and Column illuminated at night are also worthwhile, but I like my silhouettes, too. Click here for more.

Siegesaeule, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany, by fotoeins

I’m in Hamburg to check what’s on store in the Speicherstadt.

Sitting adjacent to the river Elbe, Hamburg is a port-city with historical links to the Hanseatic shipping league. The Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) consists of 19th- and 20th-century brick warehouses, like proud markers of an island oasis on the river. If you’re interested in spices, the Spice Museum is where you can learn about how spices arrived and were traded within Europe. Today, harbour activities take place across the river on the southern banks of the Elbe in the Hafenstadt.

Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, by fotoeins

I’m in Köln for my favourite Turkish food.

Grilled lamb combo plate at Mangal, Köln, Koeln, Cologne, Germany

An important thing I’ve learned from friends in Köln is the quality and variety of Turkish food. I’ve always tried to visit neighbourhoods where resident German-Turks go for their favourites. Whether it’s in Mülheim, Hansaring, Zülpicher Platz, or Ehrenfeld, it might be hard to pin down the best places to eat; my “Kölner Kiez” has got my kind of food. Placing in front of me a plate with Döner meat or grilled Lambspiess accompanied by rice and salad is always a good way to start; a serving of Künefe is always a great way to finish. Click here for more drooling.

Künefe, Kuenefe, Mangal, Köln, Koeln, Cologne, Germany, by fotoeins

I’m on the North Sea coast to gaze out into the open sea.

It’s easy to forget Germany has access to open seas which are a part of the nation’s history and Hanseatic traditions. About an hour north by train from Bremen, you arrive at the coastal town of Cuxhaven, which is a good place to start exploring the Wadden Sea (Wattenmeer). The area includes coastal mud flats, vital for conservation efforts of local wildlife. The site’s importance has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nationalpark Wattenmeer, Wadden Sea National Park, Cuxhaven, Germany, by fotoeins

I’m up top at Zugspitze for big mountains and big skies.

Although the tallest parts of the Alps are located in neighbouring countries, an altitude of 3000 metres (9700 feet) on the German side isn’t so bad. The ascent to Zugspitze is worth the trip on its own, whether it’s with the cogwheel railway from Partenkirchen or with the gondola up from Eibsee. At the summit, you can pass between Bavaria, Germany and Tirol, Austria with ease. If you squint your eyes on a clear day, you can see all the way to mountains at the Austria-Italy border. Click here for the ascent.

Zugspitze, Alps Germany, Austria, by fotoeins

I made all of the photos above in the D-land. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

Fotoeins’ five : Capture the Colour

Fellow Canadian Holly Fraser at Same Skies Above kindly nominated me to “capture the colour” and participate in the present online meme sponsored by TravelSupermarket. It was a great opportunity to go through the past few years of my travel photography, and pick out some gems for this post.


Snorkeling lesson at Junkanoo : Nassau, The Bahamas – 3 May 2012

I’d heard and read about the blue skies, turquoise waters, and white sands in the Caribbean, and I’d dismissed all of the descriptions as “exaggerations for memories.” However, they’re all undeniably true. Spending a few weeks in the Bahamas was a magical and relaxing experience.


Curly-tailed lizard : Dicks Point, Nassau, The Bahamas – 5 May 2012

I saw this little guy climb from the wall and onto the branches, just outside the front door. The curly-tailed lizard stayed still, checking me out, and evaluating whether I was a threat. Just as I clicked, it scurried off into the bushes. I’m fortunate I got the various splashes of green and the bokeh in the background.


The U6 blur : Oranienburger Tor station, Berlin, Germany – 4 Oct 2009

In the German capital, the Berlin subway or U-Bahn consists of yellow trains. As this U6 train entered into Oranienburger Tor station, I had no idea when I made this photo how uniformly the yellow would appear throughout the entire frame. Sometimes, it pays to be lucky and patient.


Schneefernerkopf (top-left) & Zugspitzeck (center) : Zugspitze, Germany/Austria – 9 Oct 2011

Standing at Germany’s highest point offers a look of the Alps, which on the clearest of days extends as far as Italy. Taking a chance on both the expense of the round-trip and cloudy skies (from the valley below), the view in clear skies at altitude of the surrounding peaks with the new snow-frosting was worth every penny.


Ornaments, Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets), Frankfurt am Main, Germany – 18 Dec 2010

A favourite time of the year to visit Germany is during Weihnachtsmärkte or Christmas markets. Trudging through the snow in Frankfurt am Main’s markets, we stopped at an ornaments stand, when this explosion of red stars was begging to be photographed. And who was I to turn down such beautiful begging …

To continue the wash of colour, I’d like to nominate the following bloggers:

I made the photos above with a Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

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Hanging out at the top of Germany, 4 of 4

This is the 4th and final post in the series about visiting the Zugspitze summit, which is the highest point in Germany.

In part 3, the view from the Zugspitze summit from the Austrian side was spectacular, as the clouds below cleared.

Wandering slowly back to the German side of the summit, you might imagine how difficult it was to leave the beautifully illuminated snow-topped landscape.


Zugspitze GermanyWelcome (back) to Bavaria, Germany.

Zugspitze GermanyThe clouds have cleared: Schneefernerkopf, Zugspitzplatt, Zugspitzeck.

Zugspitze GermanyLeft to right: Hochwanner (2744 m), Kleinwanner (2548 m), Reintal, Hoher Kamm (2376 m), Gatterl, Hohe Munde (2662 m), Östlicher Gatterlkopf (2475 m).

Zugspitze GermanyBergstation Gletscherbahn – Upper station, glacier cable car.

Zugspitze GermanyLeft-to-right: Gipfelkreuz (summit cross), Hochblasen (2707 m), Innere Höllentalspitze (2741 m), Jubiläumsgrat, Leut. Dreitorspitze (2682 m), Oberreintalschrofen (2523 m), Hochwanner (2744 m).


The Gletscherbahn cable car takes you from the summit proper down 300 metres (about 1000 feet) to Sonn Alpin at the Zugspitzplatt plateau. It’s also there at the plateau where you take the cogwheel railway back into the valley to complete the day’s journey.

Zugspitze GermanySonn Alpin, Zugspitzplatt (plateau); the Zugspitze summit proper is at the upper right.

Zugspitze GermanySchneefernerkopflift, Gletscherseelift : but it’s still summer-season.

Zugspitze GermanyKirche Maria Heimsuchung: the highest church in the country.

Zugspitze GermanySonnenklar and Weisses Tal ski-lifts.

Zugspitze GermanySonn Alpin, with Gletscherbahn and Zugspitze summit in the background.

With this final view from Sonn Alpin, it was time to head back into town.

Thanks for following me on this trip up to Zugspitze!

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

The series:

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

Hanging out at the top of Germany, 3 of 4

On 2011 October 9, conditions were overcast, but I took a chance, went up to Zugspitze, and hoped for the best.

Previously (in part 2), I wrote about hanging out at the Zugspitze from the Austrian side. Eventually and happily, some of the clouds cleared, and a number of nearby mountain peaks were revealed.

Zugspitze is one of the many peaks in the Wetterstein mountain range, which itself is part of the Northern Limestone Alps. The Limestone Alps are composed of “softer” porous rock, in contrast with the much harder granite composition found in the central and much taller Austrian Alps.

Standing at 9700 feet above sea level, the mountains, regardless of composition, all look majestic, covered in snow and illuminated by the noontime sun.

At this point, the clouds below cleared some more, and a winter’s preview was had from the Austrian side of Zugspitze.

Zugspitze AustriaZugspitze Austria“Radiative transfer” : antenna/fixture by Telekom Austria & Katastrophenfunk.

Zugspitze AustriaSouthwest view – upper-centre: Schneefernerkopf; left-centre: Sonn Alpin, Zugspitzplatt; right: Zugspitzeck.

Zugspitze AustriaWest view – left-centre: Ehrwald, Tirol, Austria; centre: Tiroler Zugspitzbahn.

Zugspitze AustriaNorthwest view – left: Tiroler Zugspitzbahn, Tirol, Austria; right: Eibsee, Bayern, Germany.

Zugspitze AustriaNorth view – left-centre: Eibsee lake, right-centre: Grainau.

Zugspitze AustriaNortheast view – left-centre: Grosser, Kleiner Waxenstein; centre-background: Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Zugspitze AustriaLeft: cross on the Austrian side; centre-background: Cross on the actual Zugspitze peak in Germany.

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 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit-lens, and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. This post is originally published on Fotoeins Fotopress (


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