Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 75
Olympic Winter Games were held there,
and wherever you are in them, the 9,718foot Zugspitze and 8,622-foot Alpspitze
mountains - Germany's highest and eighthhighest peaks, respectively - dominate the
view with their striking pyramid shapes.
With my guide - arranged through
Unique Germany, a Virtuoso on-site tour
connection in the country - and our climbing gear, my goal was to go vertical on the
Alpspitze Ferrata. It's one of at least 21 via
ferrata climbing routes in the region, rigged
with steel cables, pegs, fixed anchors, and
ladders. The system is popular throughout
the Alps and enables mere mortals to climb
dramatic, steep routes that would otherwise be impossible without advanced experience using ropes and belays. Once you're
roped in, if you do slip, your climbing harness quickly arrests your fall.
After the steep ride up to the Osterfelderkopf cable car landing, we clipped
our carabiners on and began climbing the
2,000 feet that separated us from the cloudenveloped summit. It takes most climbers
"Those who aren't keen on beer can still enjoy Munich's biergartens.
Order a Radler - an equal mix of blond lager and lemonade - or a glass of German
grüner veltliner or riesling."
- Gabriel D. Doucet Donida, Virtuoso agency executive, Munich
A bucolic scene in the Zugspitze foothills and (right) cheese at Munich's Viktualienmarkt.
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