Although we’d set off early to avoid the queues, there were already some coach parties ahead of us at the base station come 9.15am, despite the weather warning for strong winds. Germans are wrongly stereotyped as being aloof and sometimes unfriendly, but one of the mountain guides traveling up took an interest in us and we had a lovely conversation about the landscapes of Germany and Wales.
After a cursory glance at the giant telescope museum, we started following the Passami Panoramic path around the corrie. Rich had to turn back halfway as the wind kept threatening to knock him off his feet, but found a bench to watch me continue the circuit to the viewpoint. At the top, you literally cross the border between Germany and Austria, and the views are breathtaking.
The walk through the tunnel to the viewpoint over the Damkar Valley was equally as interesting, but with it being very dark Rich could go no further than the viewing window. With his balance issues he’s very conscious that he sometimes holds people walking behind up, and that rushing will inevitably lead to him falling over.
Before heading down, we each enjoyed a plate of chips in the restaurant – typical German fare don’t you know. Well it is when you’re hungry. I then nipped into town to try and find a souvenir for the trip that Rich wouldn’t describe as ‘tat’, and ended up ordering two hand made cushion covers. I love collecting fabrics from our travels, with the goal being to make nice things out of them when I’m too old and knackered to travel far.
After a final trip to the Karwendelbad to use the whirly pool, we headed over to our favourite ever supermarket for one last drool. It was a lovely surprise to meet the mountain guide we’d talked to in the cable car earlier that morning at the meat counter. He inisted on introducing us to his daughter as “the couple I was telling you about”, so we’d obviously made an impression somehow. Turns out that his daughter had just returned from a study trip to Manchester and spent a few days walking in North Wales. Tis a small world.