Destinations

Höllentalklamm (Bavaria, Germany)


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In case you want to see more: I documented most parts of the day in my Instagram Story and saved it to my Highlights: @martinklengel

I recently visited the south of Germany. I stayed in the middle of nature at a campsite which is located only 9 kilometers from the Austrian border. You wake up surrounded by mountains, the chirping of birds and splashing of the Isar, which is the river that comes from the Alps and flows across Bavaria. Living in the western part of Germany, I have never seen such beautiful and untamed nature. It was beautiful!

But one of the best parts of the trip was our visit of the Höllentalklamm. The Höllental (english: Hell Valley) is one of the routes you could possibly take if you want to make it up to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. Well, we actually didn’t want to climb the Zugspitze, we were there to visit the Klamm – the best translation for that word would be canyon, I guess. It all starts with a mountain which is high enough to have glaciers on top. The ice is melting and forms a river that flows down the mountain. In many thousands of years the water carries off rock and digs into the mountain. That way you are able to follow the path of the river with the mountain on your left and on your right that towers high in the sky.

Of course you cant just walk through the river. It is so strong that you wouldn’t even be able to stay on your feet, let alone you walk against the flow. Mother nature is incredibly powerful and people die every year because they mess with her. The touristic development of the Höllentalklamm took place from 1902 to 1905. Before 1902 the Höllental was significant because of it’s iron ore deposits. You could learn a lot about the history of the Klamm by visiting the Höllentalklamm museum that is located right before you start to walk the path through.

I didn’t expect the way to be that wet and rough to be honest. I took my DSLR with me but had nothing to cover it from the water splashing from above and a rainproof jacket and waterproof shoes would have been useful as well. The path built from 1902 to 1905 is a mixture of tunnels and stairs that have been hewn into the mountain. The river flows on your left only a few meters below you but water runs down from above as well, as I just said. The ground is slippery and the tunnels are sparsely lit, so you have to pay attention to every step you take.

After a while the path finishes in a beautiful valley. The river is calm there and because you just went through that dark canyon whose bottom the sun can not reach it feels like the calm after a really heavy and dark storm. Awesome feeling! During our stop at this oasis we talked to a man who knew the region quite well. He told us that we could take three different paths from there: the same path we came, a quite long path across the mountain and through the forest or we could cross the river at this point and take the so called Stangensteig. Since we wanted to see something new we didn’t want to go back and the second path wouldn’t have led us to Hammersbach (the place where we parked our car) we decided to choose the third option… and we did not regret!

The path was way more dangerous the the path we came. There were some stairs here and there as well, but no railing and it was very narrow so we had to be way more careful then before. Most time you really only climb over huge boulders and you often think you’ve accidentally left the path and climb through undeveloped areas of the mountain. If you fall on the way we came you maybe hurt yourself a little bit because you’re surrounded by stone. If you trip and fall on your way over the Stangensteig there’s a pretty high chance of falling back down to the bottom of the Klamm on your left and there’s no way anyone could possibly survive that.

After some time we came to a bridge called the Eiserne Brücke (eng.: iron bridge). If you payed attention while reading this, you understood that we entered the Klamm and had the river to our left until we crossed it and took the Stangensteig in the opposite direction. The Eiseren Brücke crosses the river again but way higher above. We stopped in the middle of the bridge and looked down where we saw the path we first came like 20 meters below us and even further down the river. WHAT A VIEW! Standing up there and thinking about how we strained the way down there only like two hours ago was an indescribable feeling.

The path guided us out of the valley and – again – higher up the mountain. From here, the Klamm to our right and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (the closest city to the Höllentalklamm) in front of us, we had an awesome view! No words needed, just look at this.

From there on we walked through a forest down the mountain until we came out where we started. All in all it took us like six or seven hours to came back to where we parked our car and it was an amazing experience. If you ever visit the south of Germany somewhere near ht eZugspitze or cities like Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald I definitely recommend visiting the Höllentalklamm or any other Klamm. This natural spectacle should not be missed.

(This map shows our way through the Höllentalklamm.)
Travel Tips

Packing Correctly


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Anika is in Alaska right now.

Yeah, you read correctly. Only a month before we start our trip to Asia she flew to the complete opposite side of the earth. It took her 22 hours, three planes and a 300$ backpack, lost by the airline, that – thank god – reappeared two days later to get there.
“How is she even able to afford this” you ask? Well.. she won the trip! On television! In a TV show! And I’m really jealous right now 😂

Make sure you definitely go check out her personal instagram account CrazyLionHair. She posts pictures and videos of her trip in her story so stay tuned… as well as you stay tuned to this blog of course 😇
  https://www.instagram.com/crazylionhair/

Now let’s move on to today’s topic…

…and of course you already read the title: Packing your backpack correctly for your destination is one of the most important things and one of those things that can go terribly wrong even before you start your trip!

So we have a quite interesting constellation here that you can benefit from. What I mean by that? Anika is very experienced with traveling around the world to very different locations in terms of climate but she also is a person who sometimes just goes for things and doesn’t spend too much time on planning everything. On the other side there’s me. Most of my travel experience comes from going to places relatively close to where I live for vacation with family or friends. Furthermore I know myself good enough to know that I’m a last-minute-packer. And that is my first tip for you: Know yourself and the typical mistakes you make and try to avoid them!

In my case that means I started to write a packing list a whole month before the start of our trip. I have noticed that when I’m on my way I often think “Oh hey, I need this in Asia” but when I’m home I totally forget to write those things down. So I started my list on Google Keep. I used this app for quite a long time and it’s perfect for taking cloud based notes. That way I’m able to put things on my lists whenever and wherever something comes on my mind.


 

This is what your setup may look like. As you can see I splitted up my lists into different categories. If you’re a girl or a very fashion-conscious kind of dude you may create a list for clothings, too. I’m more the “on-top-of-the-pile”-kinda guy 😅 Perhaps you wanna create another list for things you have to buy before you can pack them. This can be a good idea if you’re that type of person that sets important things aside and in the end hasn’t enough time to get them in time. Of course you can use any cloud based app you like but I can definitely recommend Google Keep as it saves every little step you take and no point on your list gets lost if the app crashes or something.

Of course the things you have to pack depend on the destination you travel to. That applies to clothing as well as it applies to the utilities you need. If you go to a cold area you need a thick and warm sleeping bag that warms you up at night. On the downside those are heavy and take much space in your backpack. You don’t have this problem if you travel to the warmer places on earth. Clothes made of less fabric and sleeping bags that weigh 200 grams. So another important thing is to inform yourself about the area you plan to visit. Look it up on the internet, there are guides for almost every single country in the world. What you have to keep in mind for specific reasons, what you should avoid and what you have to bring. In some countries driving around in the city by cab is a great and cheap way to see all the different shades of that city really fast. In some other countries cab drivers try to put you over the barrel. So knowing where you are going to and planning the trip like “I’m not going to do that, but I will have to try this instead…” is a great way to get the most out of your trip!

Those are things you have to keep in mind before you start packing and because there are so many things to keep in mind packing lists you write and extend over weeks are a great way to make sure you don’t forget a single thing. Because you will forget things if you pack last minute, trust me on that. It’s a pain in the ass if you’re on vacation and suddenly notice you forgot to bring your styling product… This scenario gets 100 times worse if you’re not just at the beach for a week but 3 month on a trip through a country and expose your fuzzy hair to the locals. Horror right?

So all in all: plan your packing and start early enough. This prevents frustration and is one more step towards a perfect trip around the world 😊

Status Update (Asia)

The Decision


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Okay, I’ll give you a short excerpt.

I went to design school till October 2017. This is where my journey in Design first startet and I was actually pretty fast learning. In my 2nd course I met soo many new interesting people that were really good with this design stuff and everything but there was that one girl in particular… Hair and passion like fire, as well a great designer and photographer and HELLA cute. We didn’t talk at all that semester but met again in my 3rd course – and thank god for that! Because we startet talking, liking each other and became friends… good friends… and then started dating. We share the same interests and understand each other in a way I can’t even put into words. Relationship goals, huh?

Both our times at the design school we met came to an end. So what’s next? Go to another school to learn more? Start to work on our brand? We made a decision. We wanted to travel and collect those kind of experiences that no school in this world can give you. Collect memories. Collect moments. We are young and should do this as long as we can because the time to do what you want to do is always RIGHT NOW!

That decision was made about 6 month ago from now. And we are actually doing it! At the end of may we are going to Bangkok, Thailand and we are planning to travel Asia… and that’s actually everything we know about our trip till today. We start in Thailand and will see where the wind may carry us. And I invite you to take part on our journey through this Blog. Prepare for status updates, travel tips, awesome photos and experience reports.

I hope you like what you see and if you do it would really mean the world to me if you would visit my Instagram page and just take a look at this website from time to time. Have a great day and always live life to the fullest because you only have that one shot (pun intended) 📸🤗

PS: If you didn’t recognize my girlfriend definitely go check her out:
http://www.anikakasoiz.com