This is a re-visit to a page I wrote some time ago, but not as a blog page. It is autumn in Australia, and winter is when we often visit Europe …. so I have begun thinking of our impending journey and the wonderful experiences had in the past. Sonthofen rates highly.
Sonthofen, Germany. We leave the Czech Republic at 8.06, arrive Sonthofen 15.03 with 5 stops in between at Cheb, Nurnberg, Angsburg, Buchloe, and Kempten. A scenic train trip with attractive towns and cities in between, but none that quite matched the beauty and friendliness of our destination with Emilly as our wonderful host. Em met us at the station, tears streamed after long hugs; it was really nice to see her after some years ago when she stayed with us in Oz.
The weather forecast had been daunting, snow with showers and a top of 15 degrees; however the gods are with us again, sun shining, no wind and beautiful scenes of snow on the Alps.
Jack (Jergen), Emm’s man, met us (with car) as we walked to the unit and saved us dragging cases over the cobble walkway.
The town has a mixture of modern and old shops, general stores top rate, plus has a very good range of sports clothing and shoes. It was terrific having Emm to point us in the right direction, and we bought great quality at a good price.
This stream was crystal clear and icy cold. Emm took us upstream to a local alpine dairy. We tasted all the cheeses they made, 9 I think, ranging from soft brie to mature hard, and bought some of every one they were so good. Combined with the cows and young pigs in the paddock the raw fresh milk supplied with the coffee took us on a trip back to childhood. This is public art at its best, natural and ever-changing, pleasant to the senses and organic.
However walking home through town we passed the lederhosen store and saw some art that would look fairly amusing should it be public.
The town folk are keen on their traditional costumes. Jack (Jergen), who is also a local, disagreed with this notion – not his cup of tea. However the number of shops that sell the garments indicate high use.
The walking malls in a town of approximately 20,000 is rare and shows courage and foresite by the city elders. It is a very pleasant space to be in.
The units in the left hand side of the picture are similar to the units that Emm and Jack live in. They have a wonderful view of the Alps.
The view enticed us to hire mountain bikes from the Sonthofen cycle shop (very extensive). On Saturday we headed for the mountains above the snow line, cracked a 20% incline (not without a bit of walking) and had a few beers in the mountain resort. On the way we called into a museum/gathering of one persons collectables – amazing. Other works of art grace the streets (seen below).
Sonthofen is a wonderful town. We hope to go back there soon. Thankyou Emm and Jack.
Ohh! and I nearly forgot. The markets on Saturday are a “not to miss” event.