Kochel am See, Germany, October 16-17, 2015

My very first trip to Europe / Germany was to Kochel am See to a Goethe-Institut to learn to speak German (to go with the degree I had in the language). Friday morning Sylvia and I set out for the four-hour drive. Kochel, a vacation town for Germans, is southwest of Munich. The weather was cold and overcast.

On the way, we had coffee and, to me, a very good apple cake at a bakery in Rosshaupten, where we also got some better directions. Sylvie had a GPS, but it was an older model and not too up to date.

Bakery window in Rosshaupten

Bakery window in Rosshaupten – Halloween comes to Germany!

In Kochel we had a reservation at Hotel Waltraud Garni. Sylvie took her bike for a ride, while I walked around town for a while, taking photos of some of the places I remembered.

Hotel Alpenhof Postillion, Kochel am See

Hotel Alpenhof Postillion, Kochel am See

 

Gasthof zur Post, Kochel am See -- we had many meals here when I was in Kochel the first time

Gasthof zur Post, Kochel am See — we had many meals here when I was in Kochel the first time

Home of a construction company and the owner, Kochel am See -- I couldn't resist the wonderful painted wall

Home of a construction company and the owner, Kochel am See — I couldn’t resist the wonderful painted wall

Close up of a painted house, Kochel am See -- typical of Bavaria

Close up of a painted house, Kochel am See — typical of Bavaria

Across the water, Kochel Lake

Across the water, Kochelsee (Kochel Lake)

Dinner was pizza at La Pineta, where we had a chance to practice our Italian.

Saturday morning we had a huge buffet breakfast — I had forgotten about the good German breakfasts, since the hotel in Coburg did not include it. Sylvie called her sister in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which is not far from Kochel. She and her family were on their way to Penzberg to look at furniture, so we set off to meet them. The store had some really nice pieces at good prices, sort of a German version of Ikea. We sat with them while they had lunch, then headed back to Kochel.

Sylvie was very persistent about finding the house I had lived in, which we finally did. Then it was around the corner to the Franz Marc Museum. Marc was one of the “Blaue Reiter”. The museum had several exhibits, with work by Paul Klee, Willi Baumeister and other contemporaries. The museum, new since I was there, is quite nice, but requires a steep uphill climb to reach.

Franz Marc Museum, in Kochel am See

Franz Marc Museum, in Kochel am See. The hill was quite steep.

Then it was a stop in Benediktbeuern, a large abbey that seems to be a conference center.

Abbey at Benediktbeuern

Abbey at Benediktbeuern

The buildings were painted in two colors, as many of the Bavarian buildings are. The abbey is huge, with a large church and graveyard, as well. We wandered through one of the buildings, which had an interesting calligraphy exhibit.

One of the buildings of the abbey at Benediktbeuern

One of the buildings of the abbey at Benediktbeuern

We’d both heard of the Fraunhofer Institute. I didn’t realize Fraunhofer began as an optician and did a lot of research on processing and production of glass for use in telescopes and other instruments. He set up a glass shop here in Benediktbeuern.

 

Sylvie at Fraunhofer's Glashütte, Benediktbeuern

Sylvie at Fraunhofer’s Glashütte, Benediktbeuern

Protective mask for workers in the glass shop. In order to work with free hands, the workers held the mask on with their teeth.

Leather protective mask for workers in the glass shop. In order to work with free hands, the workers held the mask on with their teeth.

Then it was on home, outside Stuttgart.

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