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Beautiful and well-marked trail with amazing views of Zugspitze and the Alps. It's a steep climb, but not too difficult. The trail is popular with locals and quite busy, but definitely not overrun like the trails on the opposite side of the valley. Along the way are a bunch of alpine cabins & farms offering Bavarian food.
Another plus is that this trail is easily accessible by public transport, e.g. from Munich. Just take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (approx. 1h) and walk from the train station to the trail head.
It's an amazing one day hike we did near Mittenwald, one of our first in Bayern after moving to Munich recently. Although it was a bit rainy day, we thoroughly enjoyed the hike and also recorded the same for YouTube, which you can find here http://youtu.be/HThCRnX8WiY
This is a great hike, but it's not a moderate one unless 700m of elevation change and a rather steep 15 min via ferrata climb at the end is moderate for you. Children must be experienced to enjoyably make this trek and a safety harness is probably a must for most children. The 360 view, though, is worth the 4+ hours roundtrip to complete this climb.
This is a really cool area in Berlin, and you'd be crazy to miss it. During the day you can see some of the remnants of the wall and explore all of the different cultural buildings (museums, opera houses, philharmonic) nearby, and at night this place is buzzing (especially the Sony Center). If you like people watching, go to the Sony Center.
They also have a spectacular Christmas market (as do many places in Berlin), complete with a snow hill to tube down and an ice rink (don't drink too much Gluhwein before attempting these).
I studied in Berlin for 3 months and Hackescher Markt was one of the first places I went (and one of the places I visited the most). This area is so much fun to explore, I just wish that I knew about all of the hidden gems a few years ago. I guess I have to go back now...
I lived in Berlin for 3 months at the end of 2007 while studying abroad and I loved every second of it. Berlin is such an amazing city and I plan to go back some day to spend even more time there.
The differences between the East and West are so apparent as you walk around downtown and as you move from the Reichstag towards Alexanderplatz. This tour takes you to all of the major highlights, but there are definitely lots of hidden secrets as well.
Here are some of my favorites, if you don't have much time:
- Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews
- Unter den Linden
- Hackescher Markt
- Berliner Dom
It will take you a lot of time to truly see all that Berlin has to offer, but this will get you off to a good start.