The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music
While flying to Germany for the first time and looking out the window as we were getting ready to land, I couldn’t help myself but sing “The Hills are Alive” from the Sound of Music.
I mean the views were breathtakingly awesome (and the good weather all week was just a bonus). Landing in Munich, it was still about another 2 hours to the hotel in Oberstdorf, where I was staying the week for the Nebelhorn Trophy.
Oberstdorf is located at the base of the Nebelhorn and Fellhorn mountains. I actually remembered seeing the ski jumping area when we were flying over the day after I got settled in… I had a whole week, minus a few hours of being on the ice of course; but I still wanted to be a tourist.
One of the things I really looking forward to do was go up to the summit of Nebelhorn using the cable cars, but by the time we would be time any kind of skating for the day, it was too late. The last cable car would come DOWN at 4:30pm.
Nevertheless, I managed to find other places to go, even had my own little picnic!
The town/city depending on how you look at it is very ‘crammed’ together, but not in an uncomfortable way… just the fact that it’s riddled with little shops, friendly (mostly retired), outdoorsy people filling the small pedestrian side-streets.
food is great too! Germany is on the Euro, so things can get quite expensive. You won't have any trouble finding places to eat (no not McDonalds, you're in Europe, treat yourself!) where you can sit down, have a beer out on the patio and meal for an easy $15.
Just remember that people can smoke ANYWHERE -that ruined it for me. But then the nice English speaking staff found another table for me! So all was good.
Bikes –EVERYWHERE. You can actually rent a bike for the day, or even week, quite cheap too. Lots of hiking to do as well, I did that myself.
I use the term ‘hike’ lightly as I basically just packed up some snacks, and went climbing up a muddy walk path just outside of town in a pair of jeans and skate shoes, (which I ruined…) but factor in the views, and pictures I got, and it was all well worth it.
Got a closer look at some adrenaline junkies too. You can pay around 150 Euros to have someone strap a parachute on you and then guide/persuade you into jumping off a cliff at the summit, only to be gliding down to the base for a good 20-30 minutes. Cool.
But don’t be counting me in, maybe next year. For the most part I like to keep my two feet on the ground, on the ice, or in the water.