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Out & About
somewhere around four hours to reach
the top, but a few hours into our trek, the
clouds grew menacing, and eventually,
sleet began to pelt us like buckshot. My
guide made the call to retreat just as we
were within striking distance of the summit. Despite our abbreviated attempt,
Alpspitze was an exhilarating climb.
If your alpine-adventure preference leans
more toward admiring the views than scaling the steeps, hop a gondola. The sleek,
glass-enclosed cable cars at Zugspitze debuted last December, shuttling 120 passengers per cabin to its glacier peak. For
a vintage experience, catch the Eckbauer
Mountain cable car, which winds 4,100 feet
up from GaPa's Ski Stadium; at the top, a
trail leads you to the nearby alpine village
of Wamberg. The two-passenger, open-air
gondolas have been in action since 1956,
and, in true German fashion, riders can
board with a stein, sausage, and pretzel in
tow for the 15-minute ride.
Back down at the Ski Stadium, it's an
80-minute round-trip trek to the Partnach
Gorge, a 262-foot-deep crevasse created
by the Partnach River. A well-trodden trail
snakes along its bank, past waterfalls and
through misty limestone corridors. Traversing this gorge used to be hazardous, but
SUMMITS AND SLEEPS
Plan your outdoor
adventure in Munich.
GO Your travel advisor can work
with one of Virtuoso's on-site tour
connections, Unique Germany, to
arrange mountaineering and walking
tours like those in the story.
Time in Munich and a visit to
Neuschwanstein Castle in the
Bavarian Alps are highlights of
Insight Vacations' 13-day Germany,
Switzerland, Austria, and Italy group
trip. Austrian strolls and a Swiss Alps
cable car ride complement palace
tours in Vienna and a grand dinner on
Switzerland's Mount Stanserhorn.
Departures: Multiple dates, May 4
through October 5; from $3,538.
STAY Locals rendezvous at the
English-inspired Jahreszeiten Bar
beside the lobby of Hotel Vier
Jahreszeiten Kempinski. Upstairs,
306 guest rooms showcase muralsize artworks, and post-treatment
relaxation comes with city views at
the rooftop spa. Doubles from $424,
including an upgrade (if available) at
time of booking, breakfast daily, and
a $100 hotel credit.
Housed in the city's former Bavarian Royal Post Office, the Sofitel
Munich Bayerpost's 396 contemporary guest rooms introduce a
modern flair beyond the building's
neoclassical exterior. The cuisine
at Délice La Brasserie celebrates
France, but a classic German
breakfast stars at Schwarz & Weiz.
Doubles from $383, including breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
Clockwise from top left: Valley views
from the Alpspitzbahn cable car, a
Bavarian meat plate with a side of
spätzle at Gasthaus zur Schranne, the
mountaintop Berggasthof Eckbauer
restaurant, and Partnach Gorge.
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