We planned for a day hike out to Lautersee (lake) from our Mittenwald apartment. This time, best laid plans worked. We headed out along narrow streets lined with fresco-ed homes, carved wooden accent pieces, wide open screen-less windows, and yards full of flowers and lawn ornaments. This is Germany. We made our way up the steep incline and within a few minutes, at what felt to be a 35 degree angle, voila, we were above the entire town. It was really that quick.
We had a fairly basic playbook for where we based most of our stays during this trip. Mountains, small Bavarian village, forests. Mittenwald hit them all. So for the last leg of our travels, we headed across the south of Eastern Germany and settled into a cozy apartment on the outskirts of town.
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
I’d read about Ramsau on a travel forum and quickly added it to the reasons why we would need to stay in Berchtesgaden Land. It was described as a great place to visit for the day, with a beautiful church, babbling brook, and small shops along the streets. As it turns out, it is also home to a delightful apple strudel.
I knew on our journey through Germany, we’d need to find ourselves deep in a forest, looking out from a mountaintop over a valley below. I grew up on German fairytales told by my German Oma in her German accent. I had this idea in my mind of what the German countryside looked like. And accurate or not, I was hoping to find it.
Gemütlichkeit ( listen) – a situation inducing a cheerful mood, peace of mind, with connotation of belonging and social acceptance, coziness and unhurry.