When Micah and I were in Germany last summer, we mostly stayed in Berlin and then southwest Germany with my aunt, just outside of Stuttgart. However, I wanted to explore Munich a little bit and I had friend recently travel to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I have to admit, it was her Instagram post that inspired me to go there!
We borrowed a car from my uncle and hit the road. It was a two hour drive to our first stop, Munich. We stopped to have a traditional weisswurst, pretzel, and weissbier breakfast, or Frühstück as they call it, at the Augustiner Keller, one of the oldest beer gardens in the country. We sat in the Bier Garden, but for dinner service you can sit down in the cellar with massive old barrel booths.
After our breakfast we continued on our journey to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Garmisch-Partenkirchen was home to all the skiing activities when Munich hosted the Olympic Games in 1972. The drive alone is so beautiful. It looks just like a Swiss Miss hot cocoa package! Majestic mountains, storybook homes, and green grass filled with happy cows wearing real cow bells! I was waiting for Julie Andrews to come skipping into view.
I had booked us a place at Like Eibsee, a little bit outside of town. The resort is the only one on the crystal clear lake and is at the bottom of Zugspitze, the tallest peak in Germany, where you can see Italy, Switzerland, and Austria all at once. The resort offers great activities: you can rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, mountain bikes, and there’s even a spa. We opted to do a bike ride around the lake and it was amazing, to say the least. There were waterfalls and springs leading into the lake from runoff from the snow in the Alps, and Micah hiked up a few waterfalls to explore.
After our bike ride, we headed to the sauna. In Germany, health and wellness are very important and more and more hotels have complementary steam rooms and saunas. Our hotel even gave us spa robes when we checked in. The best part after sitting in a hot sauna and steam room was jumping in the cool, clear lake afterwards. By the time we got out of the sauna, it had started to sprinkle but was still warm and humid, and clouds were rolling over Zugspitze and the moon was in view. We ran off the dock and jumped in. Magical doesn’t begin to describe it.
That evening we decided to go into town and pick up some meats, cheese, bread, wine, and German pastries and eat them out by the lake. The view was too great to not make the most of it.
Even though we were only there for a night, this was a huge highlight of my trip. When I am having a bad day or when I am meditating, I often think of jumping off that dock and sitting in the lawn chair enjoying my glass of wine while watching the clouds roll over the Alps. I definitely plan on getting back to Garmisch and Lake Eibesee one day.
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If a city vibe is more your thing you can read about our time in Berlin Germany!
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