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Oberstdorf: Sunday Allgäu night auf Deutsch

Why multiple languages rock my world

With fewer than ten-thousand inhabitants, Oberstdorf in southern Bavaria is as its German name suggests: an “upper village” tucked in the Allgäu Alps near the German-Austrian border. Yet, the town feels busy and full with skiers, snowboarders, and winter hikers.

It’s Sunday night and I’m on the hunt for “schnitzel and spätzle.” With my eye already on a place, I arrive at 630pm to a full house. I don’t have a reservation (which is dumb in a small town), but a table of four is available (which is fortunate). The server offers me the table, with the condition I’ll be sharing the table if two people want places. “Alles klar,” I reply.

I order a standard half-litre Weizen beer, along with the required schnitzel-and-spätzle platter. An elderly couple is offered two places at my table; they take one glance in my direction, and they’re gone. The server wears a puzzled look, and I can only shrug. A second couple arrives ten minutes later, and as they approach my table with curiosity, I tell them “die Plätze sind noch frei” (the places are available). They express their thanks, and take their seats across from me. Those last five German words set a positive tone for the rest of the evening.

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Fotoeins Friday: straddling the Germany-Austria border

The Fellhornbahn lower terminus or station is located south of Oberstdorf in (Upper Bavaria) Germany, and with two stages of the cable car, I arrive at the Fellhorn mountain station at a height of about 2000 metres (6562 feet) above sea level. After stepping out of the station and walking a few metres into the snow, I have both feet on the Germany-Austria border. I look southwest to the neighbouring mountain-station on Kanzelwand which is only 1.6 km (1 mile) distant and is inside the Austrian border. In winter only skiers can cut across to access both mountains, but the snow merely hides the countless trails throughout the entire region on both sides of the border, including a “border” trail along the ridge connecting the two mountains. The presence of many skiers and snowboarders is evident with snake-like patterns in the background snow.

Germany
G1: Obere-Geren-Piste, from the Fellhorn mountain station (from lower-right)
G2: Möse chair-lift
G3: Zweiländer chair-lift

Austria
A1: Kanzelwandbahn cable-car mountain station, 1.6 km (1 mi) line-of-sight
A2: Zwerenalpe chair-lift
A3: Grosser Widderstein, 2533 metres (8310 feet)
A4: Elferkopf, 2387 metres (7831 feet)


I made the photo above on 8 March 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 zoom, and the following settings: 1/1000s, f/22, ISO1000, and 65mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9sL.

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