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// JUNE 2007
Up and down the passages…
Munich
Vaduz
Lucerne
Fribourg
Grenoble
Little Saint Bernard Pass
Leissigen
Leissigen
Zermatt
Andermatt
Chur
Innsbruck
Munich
Am see Haldensee
Feldkirch
Appenzell
Saint Gallen
Maienfeld
Walenstadt
Klausenpass
Murten
Saint-Ursanne
Payerne
Avenches
Jaunpass
Gstaad
Col du Pillon
Col de la Croix
Chamonix
Megève
Albertville
Pont-en-Royans
Col de Rousset
Die
Col du Lautaret
Modane
Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Aosta
Grand St. Bernard Pass
Bourg-Saint-Pierre
Verbier
Goppenstein
Kandersteg
Thun
Lauterbrunnen
Trümmelbach
Bern
Oberhofen
Lake Brienz
Susten Pass
Grimsel Pass
Ulrichen
Nufenen Pass
Saas Fee
Täsch
Täsch
Brig
Simplon Pass
Domodossola
Santa Maria Maggiore
Ascona
Locarno
Lavertezzo
Bellinzona
Gotthard Pass
Göschenen
Oberalp Pass
Splügen
Chiavenna
Maloja Pass
Julier Pass
Bernina Pass
Lago di Poschiavo
Tirano
Bormio
Bressanone
Brunico
Grossglockner
Fusch
Zell am See

Munich


1st of July 2007
Heading on thrilled and excited…

Feeling thrilled and really excited we headed on and found the second Hotel Goldener Adler, at Bressanone, this time.
We had visited this captivating Italian doll town before, in March 2006 and we had slept at the Goldener Adler. We will never forget its breakfast, since its quality and variety were of first class, really, and moreover it was served at a very atmospheric, beautiful dinning room.

We got the chance to walk once more at the old city, around Piazza Duomo, with the beautiful Cathedral and the Clock Tower, while enjoying the wonderful weather.

 

 

Tyrolean hats and Dolomites…

After our strolling to the old city we started the course towards Brunico, with its old fortified town.

We walked on the medieval, cobblestone little roads, while watching the locals who were wearing Tyrolean hats and traditional clothes.
We walked a lot, we climbed again (for a change!) and started wondering how we could possibly get back to normal daily routines, when our journey would reach its end and all those “ups and downs” would be over…

We passed from Dobbiaco, having in front of our eyes a panorama of mountain peaks, within an amazing, playful sunshine.

With our breath totally taken away, we continued towards Austria and Lienz, having always the Dolomites on our right hand side.

We crossed the borders to Austria and found many castles and covered bridges on our way.

 

 

Leaving the best for the end…

For the last day of our journey, we had left the most famous Alpine road, which leads to the heart of the National Park Hohe Tauern, on the highest mountain of Austria, the Grossglockner (altitude 3.798mt) with its glacier (Pasterze Glacier).
We took the Alpine road Grossglockner High _highest spot_  Hochtor Pass (altitude 2.504mt). During ascending, we lived, along with many other drivers, a unique driving experience.

A 48km course with 36 narrow, closed turns.

We arrived at the unique Alpine world with its all blossomed pastures, with the huge mountains and the eternal ices, while passing by the beautiful Heiligenblut. We continued climbing, till we reached the parking, where we left our car at and approached the glacier on foot.

We had in front of us the Pasterze Glacier_ the biggest glacier at the East Alps.

We were more or less familiar by now with the narrow, closed turns and the almost continuous ascending, but the sudden weather caprices, at places situated on the glacier, were still unknown to us.
So, when, in a perfectly sunny day, the sky suddenly darkened, we got frightened…
We still had many things to learn!!!

The chance, though, was unique and we had to take advantage of it. Our cameras were on fire, naturally, and after having enjoyed enough the views, after having captured everything, really, we took the way back, passing first by Zell am See, before crossing the borders between Austria and Germany.

We arrived at Munich and at Hotel Kempinski, which is situated near the airport of Munich and at that point our journey reached its end.

 

 

Aftertaste…

It was a rich journey, full of ascending and difficult roads at the Alpine passages, with alterations of temperatures and landscapes on a daily basis, always, though, into the spirit and the atmosphere of the Alpine culture.
What is really fascinating is this very particular cultural mosaic, which is shared in between the German-speaking, the French-speaking and the Italian-speaking parts of this area.

What is really mesmerizing is the fact that so many different cultural elements are so perfectly connected in a very successful sort of “marriage”…

Extremely amazing, also, is the cool and relaxed life style of the Alpine area, in combination with the serenity of the landscapes, the local gastronomy and the rich cuisine of the mountains, the harmony between quality and prices… It is all of them put together and separately too, what attracts the visitor like a very powerful magnet and invites one to try everything that the area has to offer…   

 

Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
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Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12 days
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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