....took place indeed!
Shortly before sunset on Friday everybody had arrived and we had a few minutes for a short walk around the crystal clear lake and through the adjoining forest with the Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain) in the background.
Then there was already time for supper and again our drivers were busy taking us to the Eibsee nearby.
More or less refreshed (depending on the night activities) we met again for breakfast to discuss the days flightplan.
... a not so easy task, as it had been snowing during the night down to an elevation of 3000 ft (hotel elevation: 2300 ft) and it was still cold, overcast and drizzling. All in all not very favourable conditions for a visit to the mountain top. Therefore after some heavy decisionfinding, we decided to visit Schloss Linderhof (a castle built by king Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century).
While we were visiting the castle, the Grotto and Maurisches Kiosk, the weather improved dramatically, causing a quick reaction of our very flexible couriers. Alex used his mobile to have the tickets prepared for the train to the Zugspitze. This proved to be a good decision, as we had sunshine for the rest of the day.
We made it to the rack railway in time, which then took us between snow-covered trees almost to the top of the mountain.
A few steps through the new snow .......
There we had just sufficient time for a spectacular view an a short coffee break, before we had to return to the valley, because ....
|Again there was the opportunity for some more talks in the lower level afterwards.|
The next day started rainy and cloudy again, but we didn't care, as we had enjoyed the mountain the previous day already.
We combined the way back home with another cultural highlight by visiting Kloster Ettal (monestary with a spectacular church) for a few minutes.
All in all the reunion has been a tremendous success and we decided to have one every year. Probably not quite so long. Next years destination in October will be Cologne.
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