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    Posted January 2, 2014 by
    Puyallup, Washington
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Travel snapshots: Embracing winter

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    Walking in the Bavarian Alps


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     scottisom told me, 'I was in Bavaria leading a Christmas tour for Walking Adventures. We started the tour in Munich and enjoyed the Christmas markets of that historic town as well as Augsburg. Then we travelled into the Bavarian Alps, doing an absolutely marvelous walk in Obertsdorf, where the first picture was taken. While Oberstdorf is in Germany, we actually stayed for two nights in a little Austrian village called Mittelberg. The only way to access Mittelberg by car is from Germany, as the town is at the head of a dead-end alpine valley. After visiting the famous castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria on 13 December, we went the next day to Salzburg, Austria, breaking up the journey with a half day excursion in Garmisch, Germany. This was where pictures number two and three were taken. We visited the ice stadium from the 1936 Olympics and then proceeded to do a lovely walk up the icy gorge of Partnach. The overall length of our tour in Germany and Austria was nine days and our local tour guide, Hildrun, was instrumental in helping us put it together. We couldn't have had better weather throughout our stay in Bavaria. We had beautiful snow on the ground in the Alps, but the sun shone brightly on most days, giving us wonderful, brisk walking conditions and great photo opportunities.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Winter is a wonderful time to explore the beautiful alpine region of southern Germany. During a recent December Christmas tour in Bavaria, a local guide led us on a delightful winter walk up the Trettach Valley, just outside of Oberstdorf. This picture captures one of many gorgeous, snowy scenes witnessed along the 7.5 mile hike. Interesting side note: Oberstdorf was the site of the famous "agony of defeat" ski jump crash that was featured every week during the opening of ABC's Wide World of Sports. The ski jumper, Vinko Bogataj, from Slovenia, became forever immortalized in 1970 when he absolutely wiped out at the bottom of the Oberstdorf jump.
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