Herzogstand, Bavaria, Germany

OCTOBER 2000 – Two hikers enjoy a rest at the Herzogstand in Bavaria, Germany on a sunny day, gazing at the Walchensee. Photo © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

As you may know, I am originally from Northern Germany, a region that you can safely call ‘flat’. Before I moved to Munich in 1996 I had been just once to the Alps (to learn skiing as part of a school programme), so my experience with mountains was basically zero. And frankly, I was not keen on experiencing the mountains. So I did not many hikes once I had settled in Munich. Mountains? That’s for the folks from Bavaria, I thought.

However, Petra introduced me to hiking, and I really began to like it, actually. On a particularly beautiful day in October 2000 we took the cable car up to the Herzogstand to walk the last couple of meters to the top. (And no, I wouldn’t call this a ‘hike’ today.) Like many others, we took a rest.

Then I saw these two hikers who were sitting very close to the edge, at lest it seemed like this from where I was sitting. They enjoyed the autumn sun and the unobstructed view across Walchensee. What a beautiful picture!

It’s these experiences that really got me interested in (moderate) hikes in the Alps. Having said that, I’m still not a big fan of those long, tiring hikes though.


The high resolution image

Capture DateOctober 2000
LocationHerzogstand, Bavaria, Germany
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6543 x 4268 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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