Germany Part 3: E-Bike Tour Krün-Walchensee

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Since last week for the first time since the lockdown we were able to visit our family members and friends. Restaurants in our city still remain closed though and I have home office anyways, so Elena and I decided to go visit my mum and her husband in Krün, Germany.

Krün is a municipality in the Upper Bavarian district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It belongs to the Werdenfelser Land and the Bavarian Oberland region. The German-Austrian border runs a few kilometers south.

Together with Mittenwald and Wallgau, Krün forms the Alpenwelt Karwendel tourism association, which markets the region all year round as a starting point for sports and leisure activities such as hiking and cross-country skiing.

Basically the little town is surrounded by little really beautiful lakes and mountains. - So perfect to be in nature, far away from people & in total peace.

As tourism also is down right now, we figured that this might be the time to explore the area by hiking or using their E-bikes. Sadly the last few days we had bad weather, but today the perfect day had finally arrived!

For the first time in my life I used an E-bike and we went on a trip together!

For those who don't know what I am talking about: An e-bike or electric bicycle or pedelec (acronym for Pedal Electric Cycle) is a bicycle with an electric auxiliary motor. So you can use it just like an usual bike or use the function for Eco/standard/high support of the electric motor, which is extremely convenient especially if you drive uphill.

So far so good! So we decided to first do a little round around the blog and then head to the Walchensee. A really nice large lake about 14 km away from Krün.

So after breakfast we got our backpacks and the bikes ready for take off!

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Already around the corner the view was stunning! We just had picked the perfect day for this!

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The first 10 minutes was easy going. I didn't need the electro motor at all driving over small paths and crossing the forest.

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After that we drove along the street, through Krün towards Wallgau and then up the hill (with a little bit of motor..)

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From there we drove downhill to the street again and another path between cars and river for about 10 minutes until we could cross a bridge over the river and were back in the forest enjoying the sounds of nature!

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Almost all the way we had the river next to us left or right crossing bridges again and again. At a very special place we did our first break drinking some water and eating cookies.

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As it was downhill still it was really easy going, no need of electro motor support! But I was glad that for the way back it would be helpful! For about another 15 minutes we enjoyed the shadow of the forest path.

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After that we crossed another little bavarian village, where the first restaurants had opened again after lockdown and people were sitting outside enjoying the sun (with distance of course).

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Crossing the main road we finally arrived at lake Walchensee! One of my favorite lakes in Bavaria because of the view and the cristal clear water!

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The Walchensee is one of the deepest (maximum depth: 190 m) and at the same time one of the largest (16.40 km²) alpine lakes in Germany. It is located 75 km south of Munich in the Bavarian Prealps, at 800 m above sea level and with its entire area including the island of Sassau in the municipality of Kochel am See.

In the east and south, its bank borders the community of Jachenau. The landowner of the lake and island area is the Bavarian State (managed by the Bavarian State Forests in contrast to most other larger lakes in Bavaria, which are subject to the administration of state castles, gardens and lakes).

As an originally natural lake, it has served as a water reservoir for the Walchensee power station 200m below at Kochelsee since 1924.

It was great to see that some of the installations had already opened again! The boat rental was stil closed but the kiosk was open and we met a few people biking or hiking there. (of course all with distance).

Just being out in nature and see some new faces gave us back a little bit of normality that we had missed a lot over the past 9 weeks of lockdown.

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To avoid gathering, we drove along the little forest bath right next to the lake until we found a little stone beach to have a break.

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The water was even more clear then usual, I guess also because nobody had been swimming there for a while and no boats were allowed still to make it dirty.

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As it was really easy to drive along the lake and we had time plus great weather we decided to even go a bit further and were surprised to see kitesurfers and windsurfers in the water!

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We decided to take another small break and watch them for a while, enjoying the sun, fresh air and sound of birds, water and wind.

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On our way back it was still warm and nice to have a fresh wind in our face while driving.

Once we crossed the main road we started to drive uphill! There I started to be really glad that we had an electro motor on our bike! - It was amazingly easy to drive back along the street, through the forest, through the village and along the street again, so that we even were faster then before!

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When we finally got home around 5 hours later we were supper happy about the great experience!

Of course our asses were hurting (this is something that happens no matter which bike you use I guess!) and we were tired. But finally we could use the great weather even in times of corona!

Sadly I forgot to bring the go pro so pictures are not the best quality. Also for the very first time I edited the videos making one film to put it on 3speak for the very first time;instead of putting them in between with the pictures, so I hope you forgive me that I didn't do it too professionally to put music on it ;) - Enjoy!

cheers, Liz

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First of all, the names of these places in krun Germany seems really quite different like they it doesn't sound German really. But wow you finally decided to do a 3speak video? This is astonishing finally, however lol you did an amazing job even without the Go Pro with you lol don't be disappointed. Hahah
I couldn't believe the view, the lakes and the small clear waters is such a sight the streets are so clear and the temperature seems rather warm I think you like biking a lot I've seen your biking experience in Thailand as well.
The bike seems really cool and it was a delight seeing how the camera was shaky lol I'm glad you didn't edit it at all hahaha.

I have to say you're the best in these kind of things, the way you documented every step and every experience. It's beautiful, you're basically the best.
Cheers to bringing more 3speak videos my friend.

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Really? You think it doesn't sound German? 😂 How does it sound then? Yes I finally did one! Had to check out how it works before I use my GoPro videos from last Mexico vacation! Seems like its a great tool 🙂
Hahah the camera was indeed really shaky! It was the phone 😅- Next time a bit of music below would be nicer, otherwise the video takes too long to watch hahaha
The weather was quite nice, but the water is still too cold! At this altitute is is around 14 degrees warm now I guess. The kiters only go in with neopren suit.

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Dumb question: was anyone fishing in that lake? I saw the wind surfers but, no fisherman, and I'm curious because I am a fisherman myself. The water looks so blue though and it feels like it was sea water. So clear and fresh... Oh and another thing...

Of course our asses were hurting (this is something that happens no matter which bike you use I guess!) and we were tired

I really know that from my own experience. Lately I used to get back pain as well. I used different types of bikes and after an hour or so it doesn't matter that much on what bike you are it will hurt. For the sake of the experience the pain is worth though.

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There are no such things as dumb questions 😉 - I didn't see anybody fishing, but I am sure there are some people doing it. Here in Germany you need a license though to do so.
..oh wow back pain? Do you have a mountain bike? or which one are you driving? Yeah, the view was worth the pain, but next time I am using some other shorts haha

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You pretty much need a permit everywhere to fish nowadays. Regarding my pain is related to my spine which has lots its normal shape and no matter what bike I would use it would not be advised. I have had mountain bikes as well as one speed one. Maybe I'll ride it a bit from time to time because I always loved to ride bikes.

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Really? I didn't know! Did you try yoga or other sports?

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Yoga, for about six years. No pain at that time :)) I might try acupuncture in the near future. I am afraid not to worsen things with some yoga poses.

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Wowow...amazing 👍 staying healthy in laps of nature rambling through the different roads....the best things that attracts me was the Greenary all around..(apart the closeup shot👌)

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Hey there!!! yeah I really have to be healthy again haha!! it seems like, doesn't matter what you eat, corona is no help in staying fit. I did yoga almost every day and had only healthy food, but still with the lack of walking/moving because of lockdown, I did gain some weight 🙈
Now its all about sports again, since the weather is great and we are allowed to go out again!!

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Lucky you.👍...I am missing those streets , roads and moreover my own home...to avoid putting on weight I do some morning exercises and I feel it working quite well here.....still waiting to get lockdown over.and find myself free

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Sounds good! Yes I am glad we can go out and its getting warmer also 🙂👍 - I am sure you will be able to enjoy nature soon too!

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Hope soon 👍

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I try to use actifit again also for those sport activities I am doing again 😉 You know where to find them at @thehealthylife hehe

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No more in Actifit now. Workout at home itself and not carrying any phone...to keep the meter ticking

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oh no! I wish I had a apple watch or sth. Carrying the phone indeed sucks

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So beautiful. You should be very lucky to be around a place like this. All the photos are fabulous. 😃

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Thanks I know! I am glad to live and be here now 😉 I do miss the ocean though 😅

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I wish I was around places like this. I currently see too much of concrete structures around me which I hate. 😂

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Where are you based? I am glad I am not in the city! Nature is so important for mental health 😉❤️

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I'm located in Chennai. Full of concrete structures around me. The place is transforming to become a concrete desert. I also prefer living in a calm and natural environment but unfortunately, we cannot make enough money over there to self sustain, and without money, it is tough to live with the family there. 😉

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Chennai, India?? oh your country is still on my bucket list!!! I know! this is the problem of many countries! I hated living in Paris for example, big cities are not nice.. only for 3-4 days and then you start feeling sick, at least thats what I feel 😉 I hope you get outta there sometimes to enjoy nature anyways!

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Yes hoping for the same. I have to completely get out of this city life in at least 5 or 10 years. 😀

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Ah! At last you saw the kite surfers!
That lake is fantastic and the surrounding natural scenes are magical.
You guys had a great time but I thank that lake deserves at lease a full weeks visit!

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Yes I did!! And I was so jealous that I don't have a kite myself! I would have been in there within 10 minutes haha!!! So good conditions! Great wind, a lot of space, great view!! What more do you want?
Lol this lake is beautiful yes! But we have a bunch of them around here! If I would stay one week at every one of them I would have to spend a whole year there 😉 - Anyways great places to be at while borders are closed 😉

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Well at least longer stays at the lakes will make you a professional kite surfer hahaha.

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