A few days before we traveled to Köln for Easter, Rosebud and I went for a walk through Ramsau. This is a small farming community not too far from our house. There’s a pleasant café there, attached to one of the barns, as well as a riding stable. The views of the surrounding countryside are amazing. On a really clear day, you can even see the Zugspitze, the highest peak in the German alps.
Behind our neighborhood there is a wooded area with a few walking/riding/biking paths.
There’s also a lovely stream once you reach the road toward Ramsau. The stream winds through Ramsau and past many of the farmhouses.
Rosebud is fascinated by water so we stood by the little waterfall for awhile.
The wildflowers were just beginning to bloom, so I snapped some pictures of them. I should buy a wildlife guidebook so I can learn about the local botany and wildlife. I think these might be related to forget-me-nots, but I’m not sure.
Approaching Ramsau, you can see these typical farmhouses. The building style in these barns is unique to Bavaria. I find it especially interesting that the barns are attached to the farmhouse. It makes sense, if you think about it. The farmers can easily care for their animals without having to go very far during a heavy snowfall.
In many Bavarian towns, you’ll see a little shrine like this one. If someone hasn’t been able to get to their local church, they can say a prayer at one of these shrines. This one has a statue of Mary and of Jesus. When I lived in the Köln region, I didn’t notice too many shrines like this. But here in Bavaria, where most families are Catholic, these little shrines dot the landscape.
The stable in Ramsau offers riding lessons. When my niece comes to visit, we can hopefully do some riding together. (My talented niece loves horses and she takes riding lessons in Kentucky.) When Rosebud is old enough, maybe she will also want to learn to ride.
The path we walked is actually one used by the farmers. I’ve noticed that many of the walking paths here are farm paths. Sometimes, you’ll end up walking right past the front door of the farmhouse. The farmers are used to it and don’t seem to mind.
Here’s the stream again, having found its way from Ramsau.
Isn’t the countryside stunning? When I do this walk again, I think I’ll pack a lunch so Rosebud and I can sit and enjoy the view for awhile.
I was carrying Rosebud in my front carrier, so I was getting a little tired at this point. We sat down on a bench, and then I decided to let her sit on the ground for a few minutes. She was fascinated! She looked at everything – the blades of grass, pine needles, some wildflowers… it makes you look at the world differently when you consider how it would look from a baby’s perspective. She enjoyed playing with a pinecone, turning it over and over in her hands.
Another view of the mountains:
The path goes a bit further, but both Rosebud and I were tired. Next time, we will go all the way to the observation point, where you really get a good view of the whole area.