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2016/09/24 Germany Day 09: Austria: Ehrenberg Castle Ruins, Luge, Climbing to Zugspitze Peak
π 2016-09-24 01:01 in Germany2016, Trips

While this day wasn't as crazy, it was still a bit long, mostly due to the 3H drive to Salzburg at the end. We started by trying to go to a scenic flight from Hofen airport, but turns out the runway was being paved and there were no planes at all when we came. So, we scratched that plan and went directly to our next destination, Ehrenberg Castle Ensemble.

we had to buy a vignette to be able to drive in Austria
we had to buy a vignette to be able to drive in Austria

and saw gliders at the airport, but no planes, so moving on...
and saw gliders at the airport, but no planes, so moving on...

Ehrenberg Castle Ensemble is really a bunch of Castle ruins, but still worth seeing for historical value and views and the super long suspension bridge they have:



really super long...
really super long...


crossing the bridge takes you to fort claudia, or what's left of it
crossing the bridge takes you to fort claudia, or what's left of it


Back across, and wer'e at Burgruine Ehrenberg, and from there, a streinous 15mn hike up gets you to Festung Schlosskopf, which doesn't look like much either, but at least from there there is a great view:




a crane to put big rocks in place
a crane to put big rocks in place


view didn't suck
view didn't suck


After 2.5H there (counting all the hiking necessary), we went to Biberwier Lermoos for its famed luge course. Again, it was fun and challenging-ish, but really you can only go faster until you go so fast that you fall off the course and get seriously injured. I'm just not convinced... I got my times from 2:26 to 2:12 and then 2:02 on my last try. I'm sure I could have done sub 2:00 with one more time down, but again I can only see how this would have ended badly eventually :)



I didn't have my GoPro saldy, and filming this with one hand didn't seem safe, but he's a video from someone else. I was 6 seconds faster and got good air on the jump where they didn't :)

From there, we drove to nearby Tiroler Zugspitze to get a gondola to the top for great views:

damn, no new snow :)
damn, no new snow :)





how did that car get there?
how did that car get there?


Lots of people up there:





you can cross from Austria
you can cross from Austria

to Germany while being at the top
to Germany while being at the top

This was the real top, but required climbing with carabiners to be safe, which we didn't have. Going there was not the best idea ever, but by going slowly, and hanging on for dear life in case our feet slid, we made it ok:



I celebrated :)
I celebrated :)

From there, we then had a longish drive to Salzburg and get some sleep.


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