Those of you who have read my blog before will know that we recently moved to Germany. We didn’t have the smoothest arrival. Liam starting getting sick on the plane a few hours after our departure in Johannesburg, and a little bit of panic struck! It’s not the best surroundings to be sick in, also not ideal for people in the seats close to you, but what can you do! I felt so sorry for him, one of those mommy moments where you wish you can be the sick one instead of your child. He managed to fall asleep in my arms and only woke up when we arrived in Frankfurt. We arrived on a freezing Sunday morning in the middle of Easter Weekend and what we didn’t know was that everything is closed in Germany on a Sunday and public holidays, so not the best time to arrive! It feels like I’ve been an expat forever, but moving to a new country never gets easier. It always involves some tears at the beginning and lots of tears when you leave! Some of my husband’s best qualities are to always make the best of every situation and to see the best in other people. I love him for that! With him by my side everything seems to be so much better and he always turns my tears into laughter. After a few days of Liam recovering from the virus, unpacking our suitcases and getting used to the freezing cold weather we started exploring and what a beautiful small town we get to live in. Cobble streets, church bells ringing, bakeries on every corner, play parks and fresh air.
After a couple of weeks in Germany, my husband decided to surprise me with a few days away for my birthday! He took us to the Riessersee Hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The night before we arrived the area had a little snowfall and for the next 3 days we had perfect sunshine weather. Being in the Alps all you need is snow, sunshine and in my case definitely good champagne!
After living in the Middle East for 3 years, this was the first time Liam experienced snow. He totally loved it and we spend all day every day outside. Trying to build a snowman, throwing snowballs and going down the slide in the snow filled playground. Such a beautiful sight and one that I won’t forget. I can’t even imagine how beautiful this place must be in the middle of winter full of snow.
The hotel is located next to a small lake and surrounded by the gorgeous Bavarian Alps great for hiking and cycling in the summer and skiing in the winter. There’s a lakeside restaurant serving lovely food, ice cream and fantastic prosecco while you can relax on the terrace and take in the beautiful view. The hotel offers a spa, an indoor-pool, a bar with a cozy fireplace where you can relax with a glass of wine, a lovely buffet breakfast in the morning and during some of the winter months the lake turns into a natural ice rink!
We also decided to visit Lake Eibsee at the base of the Zugspitze Mountain (Germany’s highest mountain), only a short 15 minute ride away from the hotel. We were totally speechless by the beauty of the surroundings. The lake was breathtakingly beautiful. The colour of the water varies from deep blue to turquoise. This totally makes my list of the most beautiful places in the world. We walked halfway around the lake, took a million photos and watched Liam play with the white stones next to the water and chasing the ducks. If I could, I would come here every weekend! We can’t wait to return next year in the summer and swim in the crystal clear water of Lake Eibsee. We also still need to take the train and cable car to the top of Zugspitze. Unfortunately they were busy with maintenance work while we were there, but definitely next time. If you live in Germany, or if you are travelling through Germany this is a great short breakaway with kids in the winter or summer. This area is also just a short train ride from Munich, making it a must do one day trip if you are ever passing through Munich and have some free time to explore.
I’ve always been a “life is better at the beach” kind of girl, but after this long weekend I need to add the words “or the Alps” into that sentence!
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Lots of love