billi bierling female mountaineer and journalist from Germany

Summer in Bavaria

I have been in my hometown Garmisch-Partenkirchen for a few weeks and it is absolutely gorgeous to be here. When I am away I keep forgetting how beautiful Bavaria is and how much it has to offer. I guess it is when you grow up in such a stunning place that you stop appreciate it.

Stunning from the balcony of my mum's house

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is on the very southern tip of Germany and is right at the Austrian border. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains (that’s probably why I hated hiking when I was young) and offers amazing outdoor opportunities like swimming in one of the many freshwater lakes, going hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, sightseeing (the three castles of the fairy-tale King Ludwig are in Bavaria) or just promenading through the town, having a relaxed coffee in one of the many cafes taking in the stunning backdrop of the mountains.

At the moment I am making the most of being here before I head back to Nepal via Kilimanjaro on 4th August. In Nepal I will hopefully join an expedition to Makalu, the 5th highest mountain in the world, however, I am still waiting for confirmation of the trip.

Before I leave, I am doing a slide show within the framework of an Alpine Event in Garmisch on 3rd August. If you are around and are free at 7.30pm on 3rd August, pop in to the Olympia Skistadion (where the ski jumps are). The official title of the slide show is “Berge, Beweggruende, Bueroklammern – was uns auf die Spitze treibt” (“Mountains, Motivations, Paper Clips – what takes you to extremes”) – so, if you are intrigued, especially about the paper clip part, drop in! For more information (in German), click here.

If you want to have a look at Garmisch and need accommodation, try out my mum’s and aunt’s holiday flats, which are very cozy – and as you can imagine, the pair is good fun! They sometimes even bake a cake for their guests’ Sunday breakfast. If you are interested, have a look at our website to find out more.

In the meantime, I have also managed to get rid of my Facebook account. Unfortunately, I have never found out who set it up as I would have liked to discover why someone would use my name for this.

Have a great summer – I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!

 

8 Responses

  1. here said on September 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    The blog is just the real guide and information for adventurous people. The description and experience shared here will no doubt inspire the people to follow and enjoy the place. Keep on updating more articles. Thanks.

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  2. read more said on August 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I can relate to living in an area surrounded by mountains. It gives you a sense of calm and assurance, though when you’re blue it could feel like a crushing weight. I myself used to hike in the surrounding countryside and i assure you it was always a good experience.

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  3. ooda said on August 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

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  5. Beth said on July 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Now I know why we (all) haven’t heard much from you lately! Amazingly beautiful! Enjoy your summer and your family.
    Hugs to you.

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  6. Rosemary in Ireland said on July 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Wish I was with you Billi. Garmisch is the most beautiful place in the world. Its Gods best kept secret.Liam says we will be back next year.(for the 5th time)Enjoy. Love to Mam and Aunty.

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  7. markus said on July 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    viele grüße aus berlin

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  8. claudi said on July 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    schade, waere am 3. August sehr gerne dabei. Ein Vortrag mit meiner rekordbrechenden Freundin Billi πŸ™‚ Ich hoffe, bald ein andermal. Geniess Bayern und den Sommer. Bitte ein Radler und eine Breze fuer mich verhaften πŸ˜‰ Cx

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