On our recent ramble through Bavaria, one of our most unexpected discoveries was the lovely, haunting, and lovingly kept church in Ramsau, Germany, near the Königssee. As we explored the town, it's streams, bridges, and this charming little church, we had the village almost entirely to ourselves - which made the church and churchyard that much more charming...and haunting.
Down here its our time, its our time down here:
Our recent trek through Germany's celebrated Partnach Gorge was, by far, the most "Goonies-esque" experience we've had during our European travels.
What started as a ramble through a sunny Bavarian village became a walk through low-ceilinged caves, under waterfalls, and along narrow precipices (precipi?) - a journey that ultimately opens out into a wide-mouthed, snow-dotted Alpine valley. And, if that wasn't enough, another short walk up out of the gorge led us back into the sun and into the most picturesque mountain village imaginable (the last few photos below).
This is the kind of place that truly makes you appreciate the diversity of nature, the power of water, and the importance of publicly-protected national parks.
On a March day that couldn't decide whether it was winter or spring, we boarded a vintage pleasure boat and cruised the charming Königssee to the tiny town of St. Barthaloma. By day's end, it was one of our favorites in Bavaria: highly recommended (if only to hear the boat's captain stop mid-cruise to play his trumpet and let the music bounce off the canyon walls in synchronization).
So much quiet. So much solitude. So much rushing water. So many Alpine textures.