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The bus that never came

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We had intended catching a bus from Füssen to Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday but the only direct bus didn’t leave till after 1pm and we didn’t feel like storing our luggage and filling in time. We decided to catch a train to just south of Munich and then on to our destination. For once the transport gods were with us and we made our connection and arrived about 80 minutes ahead of our original plan. We caught a taxi to our apartment which is in the old town area and has a nice view of the mountains from the balcony. We are close to the Alte Kirche (old church) and the bells chime on the hour till early in the evening but also sometimes just randomly.

After unpacking we caught a bus into the main part of town. My suitcase had been damaged around two of the wheels during our flight. Unfortunately I didn’t notice it till the day after we arrived so it was too late to make a claim on the airline. It was getting a bit difficult to manoeuvre over rough ground and this was the first opportunity I had to look for a replacement. I bought a new one but now have to find a way to ditch the old one. While we were in town we also had some lunch and bought some groceries. The selection of fruit and vegetables were nowhere near as good as back home unfortunately.

Once we were back at the apartment and unpacked we went for a stroll around the neighbourhood. Along the main streets there is a mix beautiful old buildings. Some with ornate frescoes on the walls, others with carved balconies featuring window boxes with a profusion of colourful flowers and some had both. Along the laneways in the back streets the houses are mainly traditional with wooden balconies. Most of the properties have long backyards and many had vegetable gardens. Quite a few of the houses also had solar panels on the roof. It was a pleasant evening for a stroll and we passed many others along the way..

On Sunday morning we had a late breakfast at a cafe near the train station. We ordered pancakes and french toast and shared the servings between us. Afterwards we went to the bus stop nearby to catch the bus to the lake. We intended to spend some time there and then take the cogwheel train up the mountain. There were a few people at the bust stop and the bus was due in about 15 minutes. There was a sign written in german relating to the bus and we struck up a conversation with a young American couple about what the sign meant. Using google translate we decided the bus was still running but because of high demand they suggested you use the train to go to another place along the route. More people kept arriving but no bus. The young couple are dancers who have been working over here for 6 years in the Bavarian dance company based in Munich. They had come down for a day trip and like us had just missed a train connection on the way. Unlucky for them but reassuring to know it’s not just us having bad luck. After 40 minute’s they decided to cut their losses and do the mountain train instead. Other people had drifted away and someone else was saying that the bus wasn’t running. We decided to move on as well and go to Partnach Gorge which we were planning to do on another day. The bus to the gorge had pulled up across the road so we raced over to get on board.

The bus dropped us off near the Olympic Stadium where the ski jump took place during the 1936 Olympic Games. From there it is about 1.5 kilometres to the gorge entrance. It’s then a further 700 metre long walk through the gorge along a fair narrow path with not much passing room. You pass through several tunnels carved into the rock face along the way. Some have openings carved out to let in the light but others are very dark and I had to use the phone torch to light the way. You need to take care as the path is quite slippery and in several places water was dripping down from above. The water pours through the gorge at a tremendous rate and the sound is thunderous. At the end of the gorge you can continue on to an area where the water is running more gently and most people take some time out there before either starting back or continuing on to the more strenuous hike around the area. We took the first option. We also decided we had done enough for the day and made our way back to the apartment for a restful afternoon. We took a different route home and walked through Kurpark which is not far from where we’re staying. It’s a lovely shady green park with plenty of seats scattered around.

After a cuppa and a break I did another stroll around the neighbourhood.

We plan to visit some nearby towns tomorrow and try to find out from Tourist Info if the buses will be running out to the lake the day after.

Distance walked to date - 14791 steps, 99.14 kilometres

Posted by caties55 20:10 Archived in Germany

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