M&M in Bavaria

This is a rather detailed overview of Malcolm and Michele's trip to Bavaria. See the postcards for the short version. This page is much like the after dinner slide show that goes too long. But we hope you'll enjoy all the neat pictures.

We were surprised by the food (great). We learned how to navigate the Autobahn (stay right), saw lots of the alps (spectacular), and really enjoyed our time off. We spent a week in Munich, mostly working, and then the rest of our time in the Bavarian Alps around Berchtesgaden.


We got to spend a week in Munich. Most of our time was spent at a conference, but we did manage to escape for an afternoon at the Deutches Museum. It's pretty spectacular. I'm especially fond of the old steam engine displays. We also found some wonderful restaurants. Especially noteable were the Spatenhous's large Bavarian platter, the fish at the Kafers am Odeonsplatz, all the Weisse Beer, and a wonderful greek restaurant with no menu (you went into the kitchen and pointed at the dishes you wanted). 002 003 005 007


We spent our vacation time in Berchtesgaden. It was a wonderful break from the running around we've been doing lately. It would have been nice to see less rain, but it did keep the crowds down. They are set up to handle a lot of people there. We are sure we wouldn't enjoy it as much during the peak season. 084 095 088 089

It rained. The first four days of our visit were spent trying to find hikes below the clouds and staying dry. A wonderful side effect was that the spring flowers were out. It was a nice change from home where all the spring flowers had long since wilted.

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We gave up. Tired of rain, we took a day to explore Salzberg. It's a wonderful little city. We spent the entire day wandering around and spent the evening at a concert in the castle. 025 032 039 040

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There are two amazing gorges in the Berchtesgaden area: Wimbachklamm and Almbachklamm. We explored Wimbachklamm first, on a wet and foggy day. But it was too early in the season, the trail through the gorge wasn't open yet. Instead we hiked up the valley to see how far we could get. We could handle the rain, but the clouds set in a couple of miles above the first mountain inn, Wimbachschloss, and ended the hike. Later when the weather cleared we went back to see just the gorge. It was pretty spectacular.

The river was pretty neat. Mostly running over a large gravel bed. Higher up we were surprised to see the river completely disappear. Another hiker we ran into explained that it was a large gravel pit and the water was running underground here. That was one big spring.

The trail we were on eventually cleared a pass and dropped down to Konigsee. The map showed a snowfield, so we weren't very hopefully of seeing the pass this early in the season (even if the clouds had let us.)

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The Almbachklamm gorge was equally beautiful, but in a different, more rugged way. We hiked up the gorge, to Therpsienklause and then around through Hintergern and back to the base of the gorge. The rain was starting to taper off so we really enjoyed the hike.

The rocks and the scenery were pretty spectacular, but I'll always remember it for the Kugelmuhle, or marble factory, at the bottom of the valley. Its main feature was a sluice with a bunch of round-horizontal grind stones, each turned by a small waterwheel. Chunks of marble were put in and after being rolled between two heavy rocks came out perfectly round marbles. Now I feel old, I don't even know anybody who still plays marbles. Certainly not our nephews.

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Ahh, Konigsee. Most of the tourists see to come for the shops in Berchtesgaden and this lake. It is pretty spectacular. An old chapel, St. Bartholomew, from the 17th century is quite striking. We were more interested in the lakes and moutains beyond. A classy old fleet of boats takes tourists up and down the very long and narrow lake. 098 106 097 101 062


Obersee was wonderful. A mostly quiet little lake, about a mile or so past the end of the tourist line. Only problem was that an entire class of Belgium students got off our boat so the trail was a bit crowded. We raced ahead and got as far as the end of the valley. We could see a bit of the trail heading up the cliff, but we didn't have the time (or conditions to explore.) 049 051 053 054 058 061

All photographs on this page copyright (c) 1997 by Malcolm Slaney, all rights reserved. Last updated on May 20, 1997. As always, the best way to reach me is via email. Send comments, questions, or suggestions to malcolm@slaney.org.