Saturday, July 22, 2006

July 4, 2006

Day 13
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Garmisch, Germany

Cable car to Zugspitze (Garmisch, Germany)
After breakfast at the hotel buffet, we drive fifteen minutes to take a cable car ride up to the Zugspitze.  The webcam shows it has a thick cloud cover over it but we hope that it will clear up as the sun burns through.  After our ten minute cable car ride up to the top of the Zugspitze which is 10,000 feet high, we are pleased to see some sun shining through the clouds.  We stay up on the mountain peak for about 90 minutes and the sun breaks through.  Mike has coffee and Pat has hot chocolate, perfect to warm us up since it is chilly at 10,000 feet. 

After our cable car ride down, we walk over to Lake Eibsee to take a motorboat cruise.  The man renting the boats is from Scotland.  His name is Mark and he is very friendly.  After our boat ride, we have lunch outside at the Pavilion Restaurant.

On our way a back to the Edelweiss Lodge, we decide to take a luge ride.  We find one about 15 minutes away at the site of the 1936 winter Olympics in ski jumping.  It was a lot of fun.

Since this is the 4th of July, we are going to a barbecue and we'll see fireworks tonight at our lodge.

Scenes from atop the Zugspitze, 10,000 feet above Garmisch

Mike on top of the Zugspitze

View of Eibsee Lake (where we later took a boat ride)

Outdoor cafe

Ah, I love my morning coffee!

Bratwurst man

Treacherous climb to reach the highest point!

We're descending in the cable car . . .

. . . hope these cables hold!

Photos of Eibsee Lake, and surrounding area of Garmisch, Germany

Our boat on Eibsee Lake

View from Eibsee Lake on our boat ride

Eibsee Hotel and Restaurant as seen from the lake

Eibsee Hotel

Diningroom of the hotel

Outdoor cafe
Jacqueline, our waitress

Luge Ride in Garmisch (site of the 1936 Winter Olympics)

View from my bobsled

Made it all the way down!

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