GERMAN HILL AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

5th March: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Farchant

Start Garmisch-P'kirchen 700m, Finish Farchant 670m.

Highest point: Above St Anton, 820m

Distance: circa 8 kms

Weather: Warm and sunny

Vertical altitude gain: circa 160m

Time: 2hrs

Signpost in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

I was very pleased to have managed a full days walking on March 4th, after the problems I have sufferered on the 3rd when the considerable efforts of snowshoeing caught up with me! March 5th was scheduled by me to be a rest day, as I do find that helps a lot on any trip to the Bavarian Alps. But having had a hotel breakfast for once and seen what a superb day it was, I felt a short walk was in order. And the obvious one was to walk back from Garmisch-Partenkirchen after I had caught the bus in to visit the book shops checking on any maps that I might find useful for future trips.

The Philosophenweg is a marked and very well laid out path that runs from Garmisch-Partenkirchen back to Farchant, so I decided to use part of that and vary it a little to get slightly higher up the valley side to enjoy what I hoped would be some nice views on such a lovely morning. As is normal in such parts of Bavaria, (indeed in many parts of Germany), I knew there would be plenty of tracks generally heading in the direction I wanted to go. So I wanderd Eastwards through the town, and soon picked up the path as I got close to the valley side.

5th March: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Farchant Jubiäumsgrat

It wasn't long before I had a superb view of the Jubiläumsgrat, which dominates the view to the South.

5th March: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Farchant St Anton

A slow stroll up a steep road saw me soon passing the small church at St Anton.

5th March: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Farchant Jubiläumsgrat

I left the Phiolsophenwewg to gain a little altitude, and was rewarded with another view back to the Jubiläumsgrat.

5th March: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Farchant Kramerspitz

The road dropped down to the Wankbahn cable station, bringing the Kramerspitz into view.

5th March: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Farchant Philosophenweg Philosophenweg

By the cable car station I picked up the marked Philosophenweg, which was a nicely laid out and mostly level graded path, passing first through some trees and then heading on past a small rushing waterfall.

5th March: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Farchant Philosophenweg

Leaving the woods gave a lovely view West to the Ammergauer Alpen.

5th March: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Farchant Farchant Farchant Farchant Farchant

Open meadows as I approached Farchant and the useful supermarket, plus the Hotel-Gasthof Alter Wirt which I find a superb and very convenient place to stay. A gentle two hour stroll with some lovely views and plenty of time to stop and enjoy them!