Through the panoramic Windows of the top station viewed from see the Alps this Morning like a huge oil Painting. Blue sky, white clouds, silver-grey the summit, so it goes to the horizon until it is out of focus; and who ever gets the idea that this is a picture of the people thwarted?

You just have to wait a few minutes in the glass summit of the Zugspitze, you can see how suddenly the colorful dots upon the rock back of the Jubiläumsgrats dance. The points will be larger and larger, until it finally realizes: mountain climbers, helmet on the head, which hung ropes as sashes around the torso, Jackets in neon colors.

The person wants to. the mountains, not only

marvel, He wants to touch her, he wants to be a part of this huge natural spectacle, which is listed on summer days in the Bavarian Alps Of course, he wants to conquer from its own power to a mountain the Zugspitze climb, then a photo under the summit cross make.

The longing is sometimes so great that the man sees only the goal, but not what is able to make his body actually. And then he gets stuck on the way, tired and broken, and everything seemed just so beautiful and lovely, it is to his opponent. Then he needs some help in the height.

For such people, Christina Huber, 30, as. She is involved in mountain rescue Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In the summer, you and your colleagues are often around the Zugspitze on the go, with 2962 meters, the highest mountain in Germany. The summit is also on the jubilee ridge accessible, high-Alpine Route that connects the Zugspitze and 2628 metres-high Alpine peaks.


Christina Huber works in a Munich tax office. As often as possible, the 30-year-old mountain climber travels to their home in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and supported the local mountain rescue.

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“The ridge is a focal point,” says Christina Huber, “a lot of mountain treasures Steiger, which costs energy, so a climb. You drag a thickness of backpacks, too much Ballast, and then the legs don’t want to all of a sudden.”

Sometimes it is sufficient if Huber is wearing the Luggage and a mountain climber over difficult passages helps. Often, however, you have to call the helicopter, because the ridge is in some Places only half a Meter wide, laterally several Hundred meters steeply down into the Höllental or the Zugspitz sheet.

The anniversary Burr tells a lot about the fascination of the mountains to people, and also about the dangers that lurk in Alpine terrain. Even in the summer, the ridge is still covered by snow; silvery, he sparkles in the sunlight. Here comes, those who escape will wants to in front of the sweltering heat in the cities and the cool, clear air to breathe.

A summer in the mountains can be exhilarating, if you follow a few rules and properly equipped. One can of beer and roast pork knows how to enjoy in the valley, carefree, should not forget, however, that the nature is becoming less and less hospitable, the higher you climb.

A summer in the mountains vacation away from the big tourist flows. Here you can still find it, the Gold of our hectic present day: rest and relaxation. No screaming and hooting on the beach, no fight for sun loungers as the pool. Moreover, in a pleasant climate zone. Anyone who has sweated times at 40 degrees on the Mediterranean sea, the summer resort of the mountains, to appreciate all the more.

And yet, you do not need to skip taking a bath. The jump in a mountain lake is an experience, it tingles all over your body, it is the head of heavy thoughts, is emptying. The mountains want to hair and skin. Simply gorgeous.

holiday in the mountains is always active holidays

with calls for his body. Down from the office chair and the Sofa, up in the mountains, and the climb was so tedious. Who wanders in the Bavarian Alps, is not only in wild nature, but also in a unique, millennia-old cultural space. You met people who were shaped by the landscape and the shape.

The star has traveled through Bavaria and has taken the Locals for this Region. There is the old, preserving Bavaria, to find about the shepherds, Florian Karg, the toils on his Alm for the preservation of the 450-year-old pasture landscape. Someone like Bernhard Göhl, the modernized typically Bavarian Tradition of beer brewing gently, and in a former ski resort for a delicious drink making is. And there are courageous people like Manja Wolf-Voit, takes the risk of a violent rupture. You think the pub culture is totally new, and served to you in your Local vegetarian and vegan dishes.

There are people in which an entire culture is reflected. It stretches from the Allgäu over the Zugspitze and the lake up to Berchtesgaden. A Region for explorers.

Bad Hindelang: work on the mountain

The Route leads up to Florian Karg via a road called Sausteig – in the Allgäu, close to Bad Hindelang. But who goes to him, sees not a pig, far and wide, but cows in the middle of the way or lie down.

Above the Sausteigs, shortly before a hairpin bend, is Plättele the Alpe. Outside on the wooden table Florian Karg sits. Sun-tanned face, blue shirt, suspenders. Karg makes a short Pause, before he has in the stable. “The animals want to be milked,” he says, “rely on me.”


Florian Karg is 46 years old and currently spends his 34. Summer Plättele on the Alpe. There, he keeps cows, 120 beef cattle, and five milk. In the Winter, he stands as an Opera tenor on stage.

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Karg gets up, goes to the back to the pasture and waving at Zenzi, roof, Flowers, Füchsli and Mina in the stable. Then he fires up the diesel generator. The milking machine whirrs, a good 30 litres of milk flow in a steel pot.

Karg, 46, is a shepherd on the Alpe Plättele, 1340 metres above sea level. He not only takes care of five milk cows, but also 120 head of cattle. The graze on the meadows around the hut and also this summer, “a good Job”, such as Karg says. You keep the Green short, you can not ensure that pastures go to seed and the pasture will remain the same as it has been in use for centuries.

Karg sees itself not only as a shepherd and the herd of Cattle drives every evening to roost, but, above all, as Landscape architects. “Without subsidies, the Alpine would not make sense any more,” he says. “I’m up here to protect a cultural asset.”

It is Kargs 34. Summer on the Alpe Plättele, his parents worked here. To be a shepherd means more than to supervise only the animals – Karg also repaired fences, removed the bushes, picks up stones, and making firewood.

there is electricity in the 450-year-old Almhütte not only candle light. Sometimes it is so dim that Karg has a hard time recognizing the notes on the scores. Karg has a second life, one that begins when he has driven in late summer, the cattle from the pasture.

Florian Karg is an operatic tenor. He studied in Munich at the Richard-Strauss Conservatory in classical singing and he finished with a diploma. In the winter months, he is Hindelang on the stages in Memmingen and Bad and there is the Christmas Opera, “silent night”.

“When they Sing, I’m focused entirely on me,” says Karg, “This is a nice counter-weight to the life on the Alp. Here, I am from morning to evening for my animals.”

Karg tries to samples occasionally to the pasture to get out of shape. Often this does not succeed him. “I do bones hurt after a long day,” says Karg, “I want to be just yet. There is not think of art.”

the middle of the forest: the family is required

Julia Klotz has a lot more time and leisure for their art. She is a violin maker in Mittenwald, upper Bavaria, and is currently working on your journeyman piece. A violin after Stradivari, the so-called Golden period, we want it to be.

Klotz, 28, man on the bright spruce wood, curly shavings flying through the air. Fine-tuning, work on Details, every little unevenness needs to be eliminated. “The violin finally, it should be really good,” says block, “I want to show that I learned something.” A little bit of the violin, also to the family honor. Klotz works in the workshop of her stepfather Rainer W. Leonhardt, of the results of the operation already in the third Generation.


The height of 2713 meters high mountain towers over the national Park Berchtesgaden. At the foot of the Watzmann mountain, you can find unique Flora

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violin-making has a long Tradition in the middle of the forest. One of the sons of the place, Mathias Kloz, went in the 17th century. Century to Padua, and studied for six years as a journeyman in the Lautenbau-workshop “Al Santo” by Pietro Railich. With the testimony, to have “always on time, obedient and virtuous” shown, returned Kloz later from Italy to his homeland and built instruments. The prerequisites for this were in the middle of a forest is ideal. It was the best woods, especially maple and spruce.

Rainer Leonhardt has stored in his attic are a couple of very old Mittenwald woods, up to 150 years old. “Real treasures are,” he says. “The older the wood, the harder it is. You can work it out thin, and then it swings really well.”

About 100 instruments sell Leonhardt and his five employees per year. 120 hours of work in a violin, plus 30 hours for the painting, which attracts over three months. A huge effort is also reflected in the price. The best violins made by master Leonhardt itself, cost between 12 000 and 15 000 euros. Is supplied to customers all over the world. In the next few days for a delivery to Japan is out, the special boxes are already ready.

Julia Klotz will take over the farm. “I would already like to,” she says. Rainer Leonhardt, however, wants to stay boss, not only because he takes the word, as one might suspect. “Violin making is an experience-based science,” he says, “a feeling, a nose, an ear. You need to have a good violin to produce. Would be a shame if my Knowledge of our family would be lost.”

save a mountain: the Start-up in the ski lift

Also, Bernhard Göhl is understood as artisans. At the foot of the Grünten im Allgäu, in Germany’s highest located private brewery, makes his own beer. To just under 1000 meters Göhl has rebuilt the valley station of the old Kammeregg-t-bar lift to a brewhouse. Where ten years ago skiers up the mountain, pull left, are today steel boiler. 3000 litre in the week Göhl bride-to-be up here in Rettenberg, the District of Kranzegg, half an hour’s drive from Kempten centre.

His beer of the brand “Aire Bräu” get rid of the Geul with ease. “I’ve never had to advertise,” says the 42-year-old master brewer, which supplies many of the restaurateurs in the Allgäu. “Running is all about personal recommendations.”

2014 has established Göhl his company. The brewery plant he bought from the insolvency mass of the Gasthof, and then the time of the experiments: Göhl began to grew their own yeast strains, which should give the beer a particularly fruity Aroma. The water, tapped from domestic sources at the Grünten, he bought malt from upper Swabia, he bought hops in the Hallertau and Tettnang, in the Hinterland of lake Constance.

Bernhard Göhl knows. He has studied at the renowned University of applied Sciences Weihenstephan brewing and beverage technology. Already during his studies he what he wanted to be: knew a clerk in a large brewery that produced beer for the masses. And also, none of these Craft-beer Hipster he wants to be. “The Beard to the knee-grow, a beautiful on your apron, and then four euros for the bottle – no, thank you,” he says.

beer is for him a passion and a Business at the same time. Göhl want to grow strong with his “Aire Bräu”, he believes that there is a large market for artisan Beers from Bavaria. In fact, Göhl seems to have a fine Balance found: Its beer specialities to taste a very unique, strong and bulky, but they are not bulky. You can drink it just fine, without being a beer Nerd looking for the Extreme.

The shop, in the Bernhard Göhl yet his drinks sold, is become too small. “People do not want to store only a few bottles in the trunk, you want to sit comfortably, drink and a few words with the boss speak,” he says.

Therefore, he has now built an Inn, the “beer of the Alp”. It was opened in June, but looks much older. The spruce wood from old farm houses, and here again was used. A little Trick of Göhl, his “Aire-Bräu” can something rich in tradition and well-established appear to be. “Actually,” he says, “am I just a Start-up.”

Schellenberg: radical kitchen

Who reads the menu in “Manya’s Gasthaus Schellenberg”, look twice: Instead of sausage salad, pork chops and liver cheese and nettle dumplings with goat’s cheese and grilled tomatoes. Savoy cabbage Involtini with root vegetables and sweet potato noodles. Oyster mushroom schnitzel with sesame potatoes, grilled vegetables and Frühlingsdip. Vegetarian, vegan home cooking meets Oriental cuisine in the middle of the Bavarian province. It is a turmeric juice.

this Morning, the cooked Manja Wolf-Voit, and now it receives in the beer garden orders. The 39-Year-old with red dyed hair and colorful Tattoos betthe Inn is rubbing on 680 meters of altitude. Your concept is, the restaurant is well attended. Now in summer, guests sit under centuries-old chestnut trees, have a chat, enjoy the food and the views of the valley, the Hochfelln, the Chiemsee.

Wolf-Voit omitted from Conviction on meat. “When I was eleven, I saw, like a cow waiting for the slaughter,” she says. Since then, she’s a vegetarian. Later, Wolf-Voit at one of the neighbours saw, like a cow all night long after her calf was screaming that she had been separated so she could continue to be milked. Since then, Wolf-Voit, a vegan is.


Manja Wolf-Voit, landlady. In your Inn, the 39-year-old self-taught cook vegetarian and vegan dishes. Their specialty: oyster mushroom schnitzel with sesame potatoes

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Twelve years in Traunstein is a vegetarian lunch canteen with a catering company. Three years ago, she took over the tavern from 1908, she knows since her Childhood, and turned it into a colorful room, surrounded by forest, pastures and terminal moraine hills.

Many of the furnishings are from the fifties, velvet armchairs between the dainty tables. Rose Wallpapers and Black-and-White images in gold frames adorn the walls. On the small stage in the corner of Bands, Swing, Blues, Jazz, Country play on a regular basis. Also, the “Fainted Fairies & the Drowsy Dudz” , in which Manja Wolf-sings Voit, occur here sometimes. Especially popular is their After-Work parties, where Lindy Hop is danced, a precursor of Jive and Boogie-Woogie are.

Wolf-Voit comes from the Region. Today, the mother of two children in Rumgraben, a neighbouring village lives with three cats, two dogs, three pigs and two horses. Sometimes she rides to work. She is however just too much: “at some point, you’re free in a mill and get the head.” Often, she is even too tired to go Hiking in the mountains that she loves so. That’s why Wolf-Voit will close your Inn at the end of the summer, and their new Food Truck to sell at the markets and Festivals of vegan food. Wolf-Voit makes all of this happen, only less free it should be. “I was three years in a hamster wheel, now I would like to drop some weight, and again more singing.” Food Truck with music, sounds like a recipe for success.

Tegernsee: the mountain as a spiritual site

Every couple of days, Martin Weber, 48 free takes a couple of hours. Then he grabs one of the gliders that are in the parish office, goes to the mountain and starts flying. Preferably in the evening, when the sun goes down and a deep calm over the other.

Martin Weber, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tegernsee – Rottach-Egern – Kreuth, to include the three churches and 2500 members. He is married, has four children and often works seven days a week. But this freedom he takes. Thousands of times he’s flown already, most often from the middle wall mount.


Martin Weber, 48, is an Evangelical pastor at the Tegernsee. He prefers the evening to the mountain to fly with the glider into the valley, often several times in a row

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“I can’t find God in nature”, says Martin Weber. “But I can be spiritual, religious experiences.” For him, the mountains have something archaic. “You have the power on myself to be thrown back to reflect on my life and the question of what is important, what remains. We live in a feasibility delusion. We plan, organise and structure our lives, we actually have nothing in the Hand – everything Important in life is a gift.”

Professionally, the Munich-first proposed an academic career. Studied Church music and trumpet, he earned a doctorate in the study of theology and flirted with a Professor. However, in 2004, Weber received the pastorate at lake Tegernsee. “It is a great privilege to be allowed to live here. We’re really good.” Clean air, clean water, the nature, the mountains, and, of course, the prosperity of the rural district of Miesbach is one of the richest in Germany. The Weber’s municipality of shapes.

“here We have the Locals, the Newcomers and very many tourists,” says Weber. “The challenge is, with these different groups deal with it.” Up to 150 weddings and Baptisms, the parish priest in the year, the most for holiday guests heads. “People are becoming increasingly mobile. A lot of work everywhere on the world and change every couple of years the place of residence. I see it as my job to be for these people and give them a piece of home.”

His inner peace draws weavers from the combination of intellectual work and movement. One day he went to the wall mountain four times in a row, in one-hour, normally hikers take twice as long. And when it goes the next Time on the mountain? Weber looks out the window of the Pfarramts. “Probably tomorrow,” he says then. “Today, there may be storms yet.”

Berchtesgaden: the protected natural

During the evening on the Königssee calm, fill up the Restaurants on the shore in Schönau with guests from Europe, China, America. On the menu of Bavarian classics from white sausages to fry up pork.

The next Morning, have built a dozen or so Influencers in your cameras and tripods on the North shore of the back lake. An American told, he have been standing here for hours to photograph the Scene different times of the Day. On Please, contact just to the side, he reacts angrily: “Don’t touch my stuff, I’m fucking serious!”

most of The people are here, want to later to the waterfall at the lake Königssee. Known by photos on Instagram: a man and a woman lying in a natural pool and look out on the lake. The subject went viral, now it want subsequently photographing so many claims that in the high season queues at the waterfall formed. A few weeks ago a great book was this Pool, like that of an Unknown, the Hype around this subject to an end.

“But the further you go in the Park, the less visitors you meet and the more beautiful and wilder it is,” says Anita Köppl. The 59-working Years as a Ranger in the Berchtesgaden national Park. The 208 square kilometres and up to 2713 meters high, the nature reserve around the Watzmann was founded in 1978. More than 1000 different flowering plants are found here, including ibex, marmots, Golden eagles, the most in the so-called core zone, in which the human does not intervene and the three-quarters of the surface area accounts for chamois,.

The Ranger, Köppl and your 13 colleagues have many responsibilities. To support you through your measurements and counting, the research, increase in repair, go Streife and take care of visitors. Around 1.6 million guests in the year, not all stick to the rules. Tents, for example, is prohibited, as plants break down, dogs run around freely and drones are on the rise. “For me, nature is the biggest treasure we have,” says Köppl. “But many don’t know how to deal with her.”

Today, Köppl marmots observed on the königsb achalm. A loud whistle is heard: “A bird of Prey, seam,” she explains. If the marmots whistle several times in succession, and warn them from the ground enemies, such as foxes, dogs or people. Köppl like the gophers, because of “their social nature and because they protect each other”.

Köppl Grew up in Schönau am Königssee. For 18 years she has worked as a Ranger, before that they had office jobs. In the Region, they remained faithful. “For me, the city is not the actual Wilderness, as I find my way around,” she says. Guided tours makes Köppl, about bats or groundhogs. Often prey of Golden eagles. “But that’s how nature is,” she says.

Some of the animal encounters have remained Köppl particularly memorable. Once you hear tubes deer in the dense fog. “It was getting louder and louder as it runs down a freezing cold back.” Another Time, she watched in the Klaus wall, like an eagle mother donated one of her Chicks with wings outstretched shadow, for four hours. “Even so is the nature,” says Köppl.

High Asten: the next Generation

This rest must be earned. Must go up the steep path from Flintsbach am Inn up through a dense beech forest, the hum of the A 93 in the valley is always quiet. It goes past waterfalls and boulders. You have to cross an Alpine meadow, the cattle graze. Then spruce forest, a steep climb, a bench seat. Here are the views of Germany’s highest mountain farm: the High keys on 1108 meters opens, on the Eastern slope of the Rehleitenkopfs, surrounded by meadows and pastures.

High Asten means “high pasture”, and as such, it is used since ages; the history of the mountain farm dates back at least 500 years. His future is Bernhard Astl and is 22 years old. With his father, Peter, he manages the yard, he will take over one day. On nearly 80 acres of the family operates the business of Cattle, 14 cows, 50 mountain sheep, three horses, two pigs for fattening. Sometimes the Fox or Golden eagle tears a lamb. If the Wolf came from, it would be with livestock, says Bernhard Astl. But still the Wolf is not there.


Bernhard Astl and friend Luisa Kronawitter, both 22. Later, once you want to take over the farm, which also features a guest house, one of Bernard’s father.

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The Astls produce milk, Butter and meat. More than half of their products they sell in the mountain Inn, the mother Christa leads. On a good day, 400 visitors. “From agriculture alone we could not live,” says Bernhard Astl. “The money the Lodge brings.” But even so, his hourly wage is about 6,40 Euro. “My goal is to market all of our products directly, in order to be profitable,” he says. How exactly would that work, the Astl has studied in his master’s work to the farmer. Now he wants to implement his knowledge into practice.

Bernhard Astl grew up here at the top, in the natural, “free”, as he says, even if he often had to help out on the farm. Parents or grandparents drove him to school in the morning in flint Creek, in the Winter he is snow everywhere, sometimes into the valley.

early on, Astl wanted to become a farmer, despite hard work and poor pay. “I want to carry on our Tradition,” he says. Father and son mowing, scythes, turning the Grass to produce hay and Silage. The fences to keep in the shot and cut down trees. The calves, feed the cows milking. In the summer, the dairy cows go to the 500 meters away, and Alm. In the evening you return back to the stables.

In his spare time, Bernhard Astl in Associations: fire, youth, Costumes, involved drums. It’s a hard life is up here, full of obligations and adversity. But Astl is fond of mountain farmers. Only more support from the state he would wish: “The mountains in Bavaria are characterised by agriculture. Without it, there would be no view, no diversity, no pastures. Therefore, the state should promote our work stronger.”

For over two years, Astl has a girlfriend, Luisa Kronawitter, 22 as he is. You know from the nursery. Still Kronawitter studied in Munich. “But in the meantime, I can imagine living up here,” she says. “I like the scenery and the work. Also with the family to fit it.” The future of the High Asten seems assured, at least for the next Generation.

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