For our second part of the Grand Tour from Munich to Venice all of the eventual members of our hiking band finally had joined. So off we went from Planegg Railway station heading South to the Starnberger See...
|Image: Us departing from Planegg, now with all of our members|
On March, the 29th, only one week after performing part one of our Munich-Venice hiking tour our small band gathered again, now at the railway station in Planegg. It has been a sunny morning, and the sun would remain with us for the entire tour. The area between Planegg and Krailing is densely populated and despite the fact that there are a few different towns, it is more like one big settlement. However, following the Wuerm river southward, this unpleasant fact remained mostly hidden by the lovely scenery of the Wuerm.
|Image: From the lovely banks of the Wuerm|
|Image: From the lovely banks of the Wuerm no. 2|
Leaving Krailing at just after noon, we turned our view eastward towards the "Kasten", a beer garden surrounded by forrest. Unfortunately, still within March, there was no crops growing and therefor we were unable to get lost in the labyrinth of corn they grow each summer for entertaining visitors. However, the meals have been quite delicate, and thus was the beer! Bound to reach Starnberg we cut through the forrest back to the Wuerm river, and shortly thereafter reached Gauting, which we passed through as fast as we could. After all, we had seen enough buildings and settlements and at least I lusted for something more "natural". And slowely nature approached us as we further followed the Wuerm towards Leutstetten. It was quite a trail, and the sun was setting already as we reached the Villa Rustica
, the remainders of a country house built by the Romans when all the lands south of the Danube belonged to their magnificient empire in the centuries after Christ.
|Image: Sunset somewhere between Gauting and Starnberg|
|Image: The Villa Rustica, remainders of a Country house built by the Romans|
Wandering and meandering the Leutstetter Moos
rose in front of us, or, rather, slowly crawled underneath our feet. The Leutstettener Moos is one of the rather rare swamps in Germany, a really interesting place for botanics and people who enjoy nature. Walking on tracks plastered with wooden logs we slowly proceeded through the swamps. It is highly adviseable to stay on track with the road, not only because you are likely to have an unpleasant encounter with mud, but also because you are likely to tread on something rather rare if you set your foot elsewhere. However, as dusk progressed we left the swamp and the town of Starnberg appeared in front of us. Fast did we cut through the streets to the bank of the Starnberger See, which had become a dark plate extending ostensibly endlessly to ultimately fade into the black void of the night. Stars would appear flickering high atop this disk, and the only thing that slightly disturbed that beautiful scenery wa, of course, the civilization that had formed around us again. However, there we were, our target for this day, and after taking dinner in one of the towns restaurants we catched the next train, heading back and already planning for the next part of our tour.