Walchensee, Mittenwald

The second Saturday in March turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, although we didn’t have anything planned for the day, we quickly packed a pinic lunch and set out for Mittenwald to do some hiking. Mittenwald is a cute little German village near the Germany/Austria border. John’s friend told him of a good hike to do from Mittewald up to a beautiful lake, so we thought we’d give it a try.

We were nearly to Mittenwald when Lauren started throwing a huge tantrum. (Isn’t she too old for that?) She was screaming that she was hungry and that we needed to stop right now. She couldn’t make it another minute without lunch. I’m not inclined to give into such tantrums (it’s just not in my nature… I have just a little bit of a stubborn streak :) ), but John didn’t feel like listening to her scream for 30 minutes so he convinced me we should just stop.

It just happens that  we were driving by a beautiful lake at the time (Walchensee), and there was a little park with picnic tables. So we found a place to park and had our pinic lunch.

I’m so glad we stopped. It was such a beautiful  place. The lake was a beautiful green/blue. One of the most beautiful lakes I’ve seen. After lunch, we weren’t quite ready to leave. The girls were busy trying to skip rocks. Lauren had found some swings and was busy swinging. It was just a perfect moment.

Everytime I look at this picture, I just can't get over how grown up Emily and Cailyn look.

On the lake shore there was this really cool Viking village. I guess a few years ago they filmed a Viking movie here and they decided to leave the village for people to enjoy.

Finally, we got back on track and headed to Mittenwald.

We arrived a little latter than we anticipated, so we didn’t get to look in any of the little shops. Emily and I were a little disappointed (Cailyn was silently cheering :) ). We had really been looking forward to it, but in the little German villages by 2 pm on a Saturday everything is shut down. So we headed off on our hike.

This was a fairly easy hike. Very doable for family’s with young kids. We only had a few complaints along the way. Since the weather was so beautiful and the snow had all melted in Starnberg, we forgot that we might encounter different conditions in the mountains. So we had a good laugh when we hiked up to the beautiful lake and found that it was completely frozen over.

Still beautiful… just not what we had expected. He hiked around the lake to the chalet that you can see in the picture. It’s a little restaurant. Germans love to put little restaurants up in the mountains that you can hike up to. We love it too! We’ve made it a tradition to always stop and get a dessert.

Here’s Emily enjoying her dessert as the rest of us watch. She ordered a slice of Himbeer-Streuselkuchen (Raspberry Crumb Cake) so she got it right away. The rest of us ordered hot desserts, so we had to wait for ours to be made. I, of course, ordered the Apfelstrudel. I love me some Apfelstrudel and this one did not disappoint!

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