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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

Vaduz


20th of June 2007
Summer…Bavarian beer…Bavarian cordiality!!!

We started our journey flying with Swiss air with destination to Munich. We arrived, took our rental car and started an “inspired” travelogue towards Germany, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, France, Austria and Italy, in order to cross all the known and unknown passages at the Swiss Alps and the Dolomites.
We had left behind us, at Thessaloniki, a budding heat wave which was going to reach its peak in the next few coming days. In Germany we found typical summer weather, for Central Europe, meaning warm enough, which was becoming quite uncomfortable, though, during noon and early afternoon.
Our first day’s destination was Vaduz of Lichtenstein and our first stop, on the way to it, was the mountain resort of Bavaria, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen.



We had passed by it, during Christmas of 2005, but we did not really remember much of it.
We walked to the beautiful village and saw its idyllic houses with their beautiful bucolic and biblical depictions. As far as the eye could reach, we could see mountain peaks skyrocketing.
The highest of them all is to be found (at an altitude of 2.961mt) at the mountain Zugspitze, which is also the highest mountain in Germany.
People were in a very relaxed mood, enjoying the lovely weather at outdoors cafes, while drinking Bavarian beer which was contributing to their genuine cordiality. It was too early for us to drink beer, so we settled for a rich and filling cappuccino from Tchibo
After having drunk our coffee, we crossed the borders to Austria, and since it was high noon by then, we stopped by a “dragon lake”, the Am see Haldensee, at the café of the fascinating Hotel via Salina, which is literally situated next to the waters of the lake.



With the weather reminding us of the Greek summer, with our tiredness forgotten for the time being and the Alpine peaks accompanying us from the first km of our journey, already, we carried on and arrived at  Feldkirch, a medieval town of Austria, near the borders with Switzerland and Lichtenstein, at the shores of the Rhine river.



We could see a fairy tale castle up the hill, the Schattenburg Castle, which was overlooking the heart of the old city. We walked at the pedestrianised historical centre with its fountains.

Locals and tourists were enjoying the early afternoon at outdoors shops, looking obviously more languid than in the morning.



After our promenade we continued our trip and in the afternoon we arrived at our final destination, at  Vaduz the capital city of Lichtenstein. A heavy summer rain was ready to break upon our heads.

We walked at the historic centre and relaxed, while enjoying a glass of wine and admiring the view of the castle up the hill, which was overlooking the city. Nothing was upsetting the serenity of the pedestrians’ road. Outdoors cafes, restaurants and boutiques, everywhere, without the noise of the cars. The only thing “spoiling” the calmness were the laughs and the games of the little kids and a humid air, which was announcing the coming of the inevitable heavy summer rain.

Filled and satisfied with all the new, picturesque views and rather wet, we arrived at our hotel, in the village Triesenberg, right into the heart of the heavy summer rain, which was approaching us from earlier on. We found shelter at a very welcoming place.


21st of June 2007
Like a foam outpouring from everywhere!!!

We woke up and we stood speechless, after having seen the incredible views. At our feet, literally, the valley of the Rhine River was spreading gloriously and all around us the Alpine peaks were half covered by the morning haze which looked to us like foam outpouring from everywhere!     

 

 

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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