There is something special about spending time with locals in a new place. When connecting with locals, I imagine my life, transported to the city or town I’m visiting. Where would I live? What would I eat? What new hobbies would I pick up? Which markets would I visit every Sunday? On a recent work trip to Munich, thanks to my fabulous colleagues, I couldn’t help but consider a move. Hiking would definitely be a new hobby, paragliding would be high on the list!
Munich was pristinely beautiful and quite active lifestyle focused. I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising considering the city’s its proximity to the Bavarian countryside and the Alps. Trips to the country are encouraged through special train ticket deals on the Deutsche Bahn such as the Bavaria Pass, a 24 hour unlimited Bavaria regional travel ticket for €23. Each extra passenger with the group only pays an additional €5.
On a sunny April Saturday morning my wonderful Munich based colleagues took me on an adventure into Bavaria. We started with a quick, easy 54 minute train ride from Munich Hbf to the small town of Schliersee. From here descriptive maps and trail signs pointed us to the 13 km path to Tegernsee.
The walk had everything you’d like in a casual day hike – sweeping mountain panoramas, bubbling creeks, intermittently snowy sections and just enough steep inclines and narrow paths that it seemed like an adventure.
At the end of the hike you reach the adorable town of Tegernsee where you can sit on the huge patio at the local brewery / restaurant Braustuberl to refuel with local Bavarian classics such as pretzels, pork knuckle and of course a large beer while watching picturesque boats sail by on the lake!