The second week’s location where we planned to play in the snow was the small skiing village of Pfronten, pretty much surrounded by peaks that almost came right into town. We greatly enjoyed our stay here, but the snow held off yet again except of one dusting. We entered the town just as darkness was seizing the day.

Pfronten decorated for the Christmas season

Pfronten decorated for the Christmas season

Next morning we had a bit of snow on the ground. Again we are staying in a Ferienwohnung apartment a floor above the owner’s flat. Here’s a look around. Sorry for not having photos of the living room and nice bath.

Our balcony  with views toward the mountains

Our balcony with views toward the mountains

View from the dining room toward some new, uncharacteristic apartments

View from the dining room toward some new, uncharacteristic apartments

Dining room

Dining room

Small kitchen

Small kitchen

Bedroom with snuggly-warm down comforters and pillows

Bedroom with snuggly-warm down comforters and pillows

We took advantage of the snow to climb to the well-known local castle ruins of Falkenstein.This was to be the location of Bavarian King Ludwig’s most fantastic castle, but he died before he could get to it. The practice run was the well known Neuschwanstein that Disneyland made famous for Americans.

The plan is on the right; the actual is on the  left.

The plan is on the right; the actual is on the left.

Fortunately we were able to drive part of the way up the mountain before we hit the “trail”. As you can see, it was an adventure but we made it.

The higher we drove, the more snow we encountered.

The higher we drove, the more snow we encountered.

The "trail"

The “trail”

Eva struggles a bit.

Eva struggles a bit.

Near the top but where's the trail?

Near the top but where’s the trail?

There it is, way up there!

There it is, way up there!

Steps will help now

Steps will help now

Almost there

Almost there

Fine view down to the Austrian border

Fine view down to the Austrian border

Spectacular!

Spectacular!

We could spend all day up here.

We could spend all day up here.

Next day the snow was about gone so we decided to walk a forest trail above our valley to the next village of Kappel. Note that Pfronten is not itself a town but rather a collection of 13 neighboring villages. Ried, where we are staying, is the largest of them. Along our route to Kappel we passed three other villages. Our route took us through farms, a cemetery, along rushing mountain streams and even by an ancient hay museum.

The landmark church of Reid

The landmark church of Reid

Goodbye Reid

Goodbye Reid

We gain elevation as we pass a village

We gain elevation

When we descended into Kappel we intended to catch a bus back to Ried but it would be quite a wait. Along came a bus in the other direction so we said “why not” and boarded it instead. Our tourist cards allowed us to take bus and train trips in the area without charge, so we did this a lot. The bus took us to the lovely town of Nesselwang. We were definitely ready for lunch, it being almost two o’clock. We entered a deli that was closing up for the day and took their last slice of pizza and a local specialty, pasta stuffed with sauerkraut. Both were delicious. We ate standing at a small table.

Quick lunch at an immaculate deli and butcher shop.

Quick lunch at an immaculate deli and butcher shop.

Then we walked the town and raided a fine pastry shop for afternoon coffee and immense slices of cake. No photo so use your imagination.

Then we walked across town to the station and took the train home. A nice day’s outing indeed.

House decoration

House decoration

Waiting for the train home. It was exactly on time.

Waiting for the train home. It was exactly on time.

The train was pretty empty today. No snow. No skiers.

The train was pretty empty today. No snow. No skiers.

We arrive at our station .

We arrive at our station .

Although castle Falkenstein is the primary ruin in the area, about three miles away and across another valley are two other imposing fortifications not to be missed. We drove over to the village of Zell and hiked up to the ruins. They were splendid examples of forts, and as usual had great views over the surrounding territory from whence the enemy might approach.

Excellent trail markers

Excellent trail markers

View from the first castle

View from the first castle

View to the second castle

View to the second castle

Off we go.

Off we go.

Can we scale the walls?

Can we scale the walls?

A lot of fortification

A lot of fortification

View over the Allgäu Alps

View over the Allgäu Alps

Fine walk back to Zell

Fine walk back to Zell

After a week in Pfronten, it was time to move on and hopefully find snow in the highest reaches of the Black Forest.

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