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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.

  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

* 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).

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

Fotoeins Friday: AlpspiX above, Loisach below (Bayern 100)

After the Alpspitzbahn gondola ride up top, there’s a curious X-shaped viewing platform that appears to hover over the rock face. Those who don’t like heights should be warned: you can see through the metal lattice of the viewing platform and down down down to the rocks below. But the view is in fact pretty good: visitor above is pointing northwest to the Loisach river valley with Grainau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Wank at lower-left, centre-right, and upper-right, respectively.

November 2018 is the 100th anniversary for the declaration of Bavaria as “free state” (Freistaat). I made the picture above on 8 March 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-buR.

Alpspitze, Alpspitzbahn, Alpspitz-Gebiet, Osterfelderkopf, skiing, snowboarding, Garmisch-Classic, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Skiing at Alpspitze (Bayern 100)

It’s full swing into (northern) autumn, which for many means that winter and winter sports aren’t far off! (Me, I’m still mourning over the loss of summer.)

From the valley station in Grainau in Upper Bavaria, the Alpspitzbahn cable-car takes visitors on a steep ascent past the rocky outcrop of the neighbouring Waxenstein peaks to the Bergstation (mountain station) on Osterfelderkopf at an elevation of 2050 metres (6726 feet). The Alpspitz-Gebiet (Alpspitz area) is dominated by the distinctive pyramidal-shaped Alpspitze summit (2628 metres, 8622 feet) which is visible upper-left. In winter, skiers and snowboarders come up to experience the powder conditions as part of the “Garmisch-Classic” skiing area; admission prices vary for non-skiers like me.

November 2018 is the 100th anniversary for the declaration of Bavaria as “free state” (Freistaat). I made the photo above on 26 February 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9tz.

Europe, May 2018: final 14 days (of 27)

Above: “Monocle”, on ÖBB regional train near Kitzbühel, Austria – 13 May 2018.

From 8 May to 4 June 2018, I travelled through Austria and Germany for 27 consecutive days by train with a two-country Eurail rail pass. I obtained over 10-thousand frames over the four-week span: the mirrorless Fujifilm X70 with fixed-lens prime accounted for 8020 images (77%), and the full-frame Canon 6D with changeable zoom-glass accounted for 2449 images (23%). From this giant haul of pictures, the following provides glimpses and visuals to the final 14 of 27 days, including stays in Salzburg, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, München, and Köln.

(The first 13 days here)

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Maschkera, Fosnocht, Fasching, Mittenwald, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

Maschkera, Fasching, Oimrausch: pre-Lent shenanigans in southern Germany

This ain’t no Hallowe’en1.

This is Fasching and Maschkera in southern Germany. It’s also about about distinctions and differences by comparison with Karneval on the Rhein.

Festivities take place before Catholic Lent, and the key idea behind the wild colourful costumes and wooden masks is the very pagan origin and ritual of driving out or driving away evil spirits of winter lurking inside people and their homes and welcoming the friendly spirits of spring for a productive growing season.

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