Travelled: 84 kilometres from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany to Wattens, Austria.
Visited: Walkbahn €14pp, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Swarovski Factory in Wattens
Stayed: Behind Britt’s Dads place in Wattens, free.
A very quiet evening in the stellplatz in Garmisch, but a cold morning followed. After several days of warm sunny weather its a little overcast this morning. After our coffee and fruit we drive down to the laundromat and pick up the washing, which has been washed, dried and folded for €10. Pam and the English lady who owns the laundromat have a good old natter whilst I keep an eye out for the Parking Stassi.
On our last trip through Garmsich we caught the trains and gondola to the Zugspitze, whilst the Wank is not as high or exciting, this year we plan on taking the cable car to mount Wank and doing the walk back down the mountain.
The Wankbahn (cable car) adjoins the stellplatz in Garmisch. So we part with our hard earned Euros and purchase 2 single, one way. Checking it out on line its only 5° at the summit so we dress for cold and wet. Pam throws in some foot cream and a hair dryer just in case.
Looking up the mountain as we ascend to 1800 metres.
The view from the top is still spectacular, with great views of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Austria in the distance. Just in-case your wondering, its the take-off ramp for hang-gliders etc.
So after spending 15 minutes on top of Wank we start the long walk down. The views make it all worthwhile. But as you can see the weather is breaking and we don’t need jackets for long.
The walk down takes about 2 hours, lots of steps but there’s plenty to see.
We can hear cow bells most of the way down. Every now and then you see them.
We are back in the Hymer having a late lunch by 2.30pm. Sore knees as usual after a long downhill walk. Anyway we pack up and head for the service point, do what needs to be done before heading off for Austria.
Crossing the non-existent frontier into Austria 🇦🇹. We have cut through Austria before, but this time for a visit.
The scenery just gets better, the trees are changing to yellow and red everywhere.
We have driven over to Wattens about 18 kilometres west of Innsbrook to meet up with our neigbours Dave and Britt who are holidaying here. Britt’s Dad, Karl lives in Wattens. We park at the back and say our hellos. Half an hour later we are walking up to the Swarovski shop which adjoins the factory here in Wattens. To say the Swarovski factory is huge is an understatement.
So here we are at the parklands outside the Swarovski complex, the waterfall head is the Swarovski symbol apparently.
The entranceway in the Swarovski shop through the tunnel ? Anyway long story short we leave the shop a little poorer, but with a happy Pam.
An informal meeting of the Taren Point Social Club at a lovely little restaurant in Wattens. Great food 🥘, beer 🍺 and wine 🍷, not to mention good company. After 3 months away plenty to talk about.
Feeling just a little dull this morning we say our farewells and head into Innsbrook for a visit.
We get lucky and jag a parking spot on the park near the Old City of Innsbrook. It’s paid parking but reasonable at €2.10 for 90 minutes.
Across the park and through the gate. Looks a little touristy from the racks of stuff on the street, but we will see.
Walking up the Hofgasse. Lots of interesting buildings to see, lots of shops to stop at.
Looks like somethings happening….
Pam is on a roll…
We eventually come to the River Inn which runs through Innsbrook. It’s eventually forms part of the Danube.
We find this charming little shrine in an archway as we wander.
An interesting little fountain…
What’s above that little fountain…
Cannot let a blog go without a picture from a church. Did have trouble with the name of this church, the sign said The Spitalskirche ? However I eventually worked out its the Church of the Holy Spirit. Lovely isn’t it ?
I could post another 20 pictures of Innsbrook, its a beautiful city and fun to walk around. But our 90 minutes is up and we have other fish to fry…