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

Fotoeins Friday in the Alps: Grainau

An infrequent but sure way to get me up, oot, and aboot in early-morning is if there is good light; if there’s the promise of something sparkly and shiny; and if there’s the promise of a subsequent shot. This image takes place in late-spring at 645am in Grainau, about 15 minutes west from the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany. The St. John the Baptist church and cemetery lie at the foot of the looming Wetterstein mountains. The country’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, pokes out from behind to the right of the church steeple.

I made the photo above on 28 May 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/10, ISO1000, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-glP.

My Mittenwald: mountains, masks, music, Mahlzeit!

Above/featured: From the regional train: facing southwest over Schöttlkarstrasse and the eastern end of the Wettersteinwand at right.

In 1786, the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described the alpine town of Mittenwald as “lebendes Bilderbuch” – a living picture-book. Images and descriptions in print and provided by visitors became a real draw and lure. Funny thing is I’d stayed in nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen several times, and I hadn’t taken the easy 20-minute train hop to Mittenwald.

I took care of that with two visits within a span of 15 months: with and without snow.

Wandering through Mittenwald is a delight because of abundant fresh mountain air, picturesque surroundings, and the compact nature of the town. The description becomes a common refrain for alpine towns.

Mid-winter is special with the combination of seeing mountains freshly frosted with snow, people of all ages wearing masks and costumes during carnival season, houses painted in colourful “Lüftlmalerei”, and the town’s special place in music history. When clear skies dominate in spring and summer, it seems like an endless vista of blue lakes along with green meadows and mountains to accompany your time outside on walks and hikes in the area.


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

Garmisch-Partenkirchen: 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).

I’m pleased to present one of my favourite spots to visit in Germany. Located in southern Bavaria near the international border with Austria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GAP)* provides ample opportunities for year-round exploration with ample hiking in summer and skiing in winter. GAP also provides a convenient base to visit the Mittenwald area, Oberammergau, and Tirol across the border in Austria.

I’ve stayed in GAP four times: 2002, 2011, 2017, and 2018; I’m kinda fond of Biohotel Bavaria. Next are 10 spots in and around the GAP.


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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.

Mountain goats, fauna, Alpine fauna, Karwendel, Alpinewelt Karwendel, Bergwelt Karwendel, Mittenwald, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: mountain goats on Austria’s Karwendel

I see movement at the corner of my eye: two little dark blips move slowly against a field of loose rock, boulders, and patches of snow.

At the mountain station of the Karwendel cable car, few venture through the 430-metre (1411 feet) “under rock” tunnel to Dammkar. On the other side is a predominantly east-facing view of the Karwendel mountains along the border ridge between Germany and Austria.

I install the 70-300 glass, and my first guess is that they’re mountain goats. Google Maps tells me later they were at a distance of over 500 metres (550 yards). Even with full-frame and maximum 300mm focal length, I don’t have enough spatial resolution to determine whether the quadrupeds are Alpine ibex (Alpensteinbock) or chamois (Gams). My best guess is that they’re the latter.

Mountain goats, fauna, Alpine fauna, Karwendel, Alpinewelt Karwendel, Bergwelt Karwendel, Mittenwald, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, fotoeins.com

A pair of mountain goats, most likely Alpine chamois.

I made the above photo on 30 May 2018 with the Canon 6D, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/8, ISO1000, and 300mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bUD.

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