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Bahnhof Garmisch-Partenkirchen, train station, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern, Bavaria, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Germany, Duetschland, fotoeins.com

GAP, you glorious beaut (LAPC)

Above/featured: Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station, with the characteristic red of Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains – 27 Feb 2017 (HL, 6D1).

The Lens Artists Photo Challenge or LAPC is marking its one-year anniversary, and moderators and participants are going free with their own choices to highlight their respective images. I’m pleased to present here one of my favourite spots to visit in Germany: Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GAP)* is located in southern Bavaria near the international border with Austria.

I’ve stayed in GAP four times: 2002, 2011, 2017, and 2018; I’m kinda fond of Biohotel Bavaria.


10 spots in and around GAP

  1. Alpspitze (AlpspiX)
  2. Garmisch (Mohrenplatz)
  3. Hammersbacher Fussweg
  4. Hausberg
  5. Maschkera-Radl-Rennen
  6. Obergrainau
  7. Partenkirchen (Ludwigstrasse at night)
  8. Wank^
  9. Zugspitzbahn
  10. Zugspitze

Alpspitz (AlpspiX)

AlpspiX viewing platform, Alpspitze, Garmisch-Classic, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

From AlpspiX platform near Alpspitz: the visitor points northwest to the Loisach river valley with Grainau (lower-left), Garmisch-Partenkirchen (centre-right), and Wank (upper-right) – 8 Mar 2017 (HL, 6D1); more here.


Garmisch

Garmisch, Mohrenplatz,  Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Mohrenplatz – 8 Oct 2011 (HL, 450D); more here.


Hammersbacher Fussweg

Waxenstein, Wetterstein, Hammelsbacher Fussweg, Grainau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Southwest to Waxenstein mountains, from the Hammersbach footpath – 24 Feb 2017 (HL, 6D1); more here.


Hausberg

Bovines, meadows, Alps, Hausberg, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, Deutschland,  fotoeins.com

Bovines, meadows, and Alps: near Hausberg station – 9 Oct 2011 (HL, 450D); more here.


Maschkera-Radl-Rennen

Maschkera, Fosnocht, Fasching, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

The trio of Bacardi, Tequila, and Whiskey are set and ready to go. For the pre-Lent festival of Maschkera or Fasching, people dress up in wildly colourful costumes, and there’s a playful bicycle race in Partenkirchen on Carnival Sunday – 26 Feb 2017 (HL, 6D1); more here.


Obergrainau

St. Johannes der Täufer, Obergrainau, Grainau, Waxenstein, Wetterstein, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern, Bavaria, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Obergainau’s St. John the Baptist church (Kirche St. Johannes der Täufer), with the Waxenstein mountains above and behind the onion dome in morning light; Zugspitze in the background at upper right – 28 May 2018 (HL, X70); more here.


Partenkirchen

Partenkirchen, Ludwigstrasse, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

Ludwigstrasse at night – 8 Oct 2011 (HL, 450D); more here.


Wank

Wank, Mittenwald, Karwendel, Wetterstein, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern, Bavaria, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

From Wank summit, view south towards Karwendel and Mittenwald – 28 May 2018 (HL, X70); more here.


Zugspitzbahn

Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn, Zugspitzbahn, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bayern, Bavaria, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Germany, Deutschland, fotoeins.com

On a bright winter morning, the Zugspitzbahn cogwheel railway arrives for the 1st service of the day – 25 Feb 2017 (HL, 6D1).


Zugspitze

Alps, Zugspitze, Germany, fotoeins.com

From Zugspitze summit at elevation 2962 metres (9718 feet): view north-northeast to Garmisch-Partenkirchen – 25 Feb 2017 (HL, 6D1); more here.


* All automobile license plates in Germany begin with one to three letters denoting place of registration. In the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area, plates begin with three letters: “GAP“.

^ The German Wiki entry says that “Wank” is derived from an older German word “Hang” (slope), and that an earlier name for the mountain was “Eckenberg” (corner peak).

I made all pictures above in 2011, 2017, and 2018 with a Canon 450D (450D), a Canon 6D mark 1 (6D1), and a Fujifilm X70 (X70). Alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-eyA. For LAPC no.53 (6-12 Jul 2019), I acknowledge LAPC’s coordinating quartet of Amy, Ann-Christine, Patti, and Tina.

21 Responses to “GAP, you glorious beaut (LAPC)”

  1. Amy

    Beautiful photos of the places you have visited. The photo of HAMMERSBACHER FUSSWEG reminds me the Dolomites. 🙂

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Amy. That’s a good point: although I’ve not visited northeast Italy, there was something about the mountains around Garmisch-Partenkirchen that looked familiar, at least to pictures I’d seen before. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, I.J. I was waiting for the first train of the Zugspitzbahn to go up, and it was a cold foggy winter morning. The sun had just come over the local hills and the heat was slowly burning the fog. The patchy fog, the white patches of snow, the steam emanating from the adjacent Olympic winter sports facility, the low angle of the sun all made for a good setting. I *saw* that beautiful light, and I recognized it. Trick was how best I could get some images before I had to catch that first train. Thanks again for your comment and for stopping by!

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  2. Tina Schell

    Many thanks for the acknowledgment Henry. The images are beautiful but Obergrainau is my favorite in this one. It’s picture perfect and exactly as I imagine your bucolic country scenes to be!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thank you, Tina. RE: Obergrainau. I had seen other pictures made at the town’s church, and I knew I wanted to get one of my own in equally good light. At the time of year I was visiting, I had luck on my side with beautiful conditions. I got myself to the location at around 7 in the morning with few residents out and about; the only sounds accompanying my effort were a few birds chirping, some cows mooing, and an occasional rooster crowing. 😅

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, John. Now that there’s a 2017 replacement for the aerial tramway between Eibsee and the Zugspitze summit, I’d like to go back (of course) and try that new cable car system. Because I’m looking for any excuse to go back 😉 Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

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  3. www.corneliaweber-photography.com

    Henry, your most beautiful post just hit my heart. I know all those places so very well, since I have family living in Burgrain, as my aunt of 104 years old used to live there, the twin sister of my father , 28 years ago my father who passed there with the view of the Zugspitze.

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  4. www.corneliaweber-photography.com

    Thank you Henry , for such a beautiful post, it contains so many memories for me, since I have family living in Burgrain and I know all those places so very well, my aunt of 104 years lives there, the twin sister of my father, who had died 28 years ago with the view of the Zugspitze.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Cornelia. I’m very glad I could provide some great memories for you. I must admit I haven’t spent much time in Oberau, Farchant, Burgrain, and Sonnenbichl, but I’ve often thought about what it would be like to spend more than one week (preferably spring to autumn) in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area. And oh my, your 104-year old aunt is still in Burgrain: when was the last time you visited her there? I hope you can get back there soon, and oh, by the way, 2020 is the year of the Passionsspiele Oberammergau. 😊

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    • www.corneliaweber-photography.com

      Thank you Henry, for your kind reply. It seems throughout your posts, that you got to know the area pretty well. Oh, my aunt passed, four years ago, she had a quite interesting life, yet I get I get see, her daughter, my cousin, each time I go to Germany. I was there like 3 years ago , going sled sliding with my cousin in winter am Kramer Berg.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Cornelia. I know some parts of the area fairly decently, but I’d like to know the area more. For me, that sentiment applies to many other places in Germany, too. I’m sorry for the loss of your father and your aunt: are they both buried in Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

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    • www.corneliaweber-photography.com

      Thank you Henry, I understand that you like to explore more places here and there in Germany. Thank you for your thoughts about the losses, my aunt is buried in Garmisch, and my father who passed 28 years ago is buried in Munich/ Westfriedhof , in Nymphenburg. Have a great weekend

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  5. pattimoed

    Talk about idyllic and picture-perfect! A beautiful gallery, Henry. I keep returning to your shot in Hausberg. Gorgeous! And thank you too for joining us this year. Your beautiful images and thoughtful comments are always a treat.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Patti. One thing I’ve always enjoyed about the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area is that any number of walks will take you right up to pastures, meadows, and farms where cows are quietly doing their thing: dozing, grazing, mooing. And if that image from Hausberg can capture and translate a tiny piece of that atmosphere, then it was very much worth the effort. 😊 Thanks again for stopping by and for your kind comment!

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  6. Leya

    Thank you for a perfect gallery, Henry! As always, great images and interesting text. This area is made for photography really – my favorite is Zugspitzbahn. A bit biased as I have been there myself. Thank you for lovely support!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Ann-Christine. So far, my visits to Zugspitze have been when the summit has been covered in snow. I would be very interested to walk around the area when there’s less snow cover, although there is an alpine glacier and all-season skiing for the time being. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment!

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