Lake Tegernsee; © Cloudy_Wings
In September I asked for postcards of mountains. Living in Munich, I’m actually quite close to the mountains. On a clear day you can see the Alps, provided you’re on a tower or some other place where you’ll get an unobstructed view. Despite this proximity I haven’t been hiking in a long time. During the summer, at least, we got as far as Tegernsee. It’s a town by the lake of the same name, about an hour outside of the city. The lake lies in the foothills of the Alps and the surrounding area offers plenty of easy tours for beginners. We started with a simple two-hour hike along the lake with only a minor elevation rise. Now that winter is approaching, we probably won’t do another tour – I’m not a skier. But maybe we’ll get to go to the mountains more often next year. I finally want to go to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.
The postcards I received in September showed mountains from all over the world. There were the Blue Mountains of Australia, the Table Mountain in South Africa, Machu Picchu in Peru, the beautiful rock formations and canyons in Utah, the High Tatra in Poland and cards of the Saxonian Swiss (a mountainous area in Germany) and the Czech Swiss (its equivalent in the Czech Republic). And then there was a painting of a fantasy landscape, a deep canyon surrounded by steep cliffs, carved into the rocks by an acidic river.