Pic du Jour: Riessersee, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

This is a view of the Riessersee lake which lies in the southern Garmisch area of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. This very unwinter-like scene in the heart of Bavaria’s winter sport center was taken two years ago this week. Conditions, unseasonably warm, are strikingly similar again this week. (I just checked.)

The Riessersee sits in a beautiful setting, surrounded by forest on two sides, a four star hotel on another, and the jagged peaks of the two Waxenstein Mountains (photo below) in the distance to the southwest. Kleiner, or smaller Waxenstein, to the right stands at 2,136m (7,007ft) while Großer Waxenstein reaches 2,277m (7,470ft).

When Garmisch-Partenkirchen hosted the 1936 Winter Olympic Games, the frozen surface of the Riessersee was the host venue for speed skating and much of the Olympic Hockey tournament, a notion that seemed all but laughable on the day I visited.  There was a thin sheet of ice covering most of the lake, one that would probably support the weight of a few squirrels. Minus hockey gear.

Waxenstein Mountain, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

For the GaPa-curious among you, check out this more detailed post about my visit to a German winter wonderland sans snow.


Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 782nd straight, was taken in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on 18 February 2014.

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