We have those same wind patterns here in Western Canada, we call them Chinooks. We had one just a few days ago- the weather went from -35° C to 4° C. Now we’re back in the deep freeze, but it was a welcome break

Hi there. I think you were referring to this post http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/foehn and Canadian weather is really impressive. Northern Germany is around the Canadian Souths‘ longitude, but weather patterns here are different, in part due to the Gulf Stream and the North Atlantic Drift. I think I might die at -35 Celsius — more of a warm weather person and so not into snow! I mean, it looks pretty and all and frozen lakes are fun, and icicles are pretty… but after about a week of it, I‘d rather sit under palm trees on a beach, sipping ice cold drinks. 🙂 We have a lot of rain and (depending on location) more or less ice and snow in Germany in winter but unless you‘re in the highest mountains, temps rarely go below – 10 C or – 12 C, and for most of the country probably linger more around – 5 to + 10 for the winter on average. When I was a kid there was more snow, too.

Winter: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/winter
Weather: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/weather Climate: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/climate Snow: http://willkommen-in-germany.tumblr.com/search/snow

Kronach in Oberfranken, Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is…

Kronach in Oberfranken, Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is the birthtown of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Maximilian von Welsch, Johann Kaspar Zeuss, and bishop Josef Stangl. The town has a nearly complete city-wall and Germany’s biggest medieval fortress (Festung Rosenberg). A large portion of the district is part of the Frankenwald (Franconian Forest), a hill chain rising to 795 m.

Read more (in German & English):
http://www.kronach.de/en/fortress-rosenberg-kronach-germany.html

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is…

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is an hour by car from Munich, and the ride is a beautiful stretch of Autobahn, unfortunately not the whole way. Expect it to take up to 3 hours on weekends and public holidays. Trains leave to/from Munich every hour, the ride takes 90 mins on the local and 60 on the express. It’s also a nice end to a Romantic Road day trip beginning in Rothenburg, driving down south, stopping at various recommended heritage towns, ending in Garmisch for an overnight stay, or better yet, a few days, as it is a good base to drive out and back to Füssen’s Neuschwanstein castle and to Innsbruck/Austria along spectacular mountain views.

Near Heidersbach in Thüringen, Eastern Germany

Near Heidersbach in Thüringen, Eastern Germany

Der Wald um Torfhaus im Harz, Niedersachsen, Northern Germany….

Der Wald um Torfhaus im Harz, Niedersachsen, Northern Germany. The Harz is a Mittelgebirge, it has the highest elevations in Northern Germany. Its terrain extends across parts of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. It‘s a ski area in winter and has great hiking in summer.

The Schneefernerhaus at Germany’s highest mountain, the…

The Schneefernerhaus at Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, is a former hotel, now used as an environmental research station. It lies in the Alps, just below the Zugspitze’s summit at 2,650 m and was opened 1931. It used to house the top station of the Zugspitze Railway as well as a hotel. There was a cable car from the Schneefernerhaus to the summit. In 1938 a gallery for pedestrians was opened from the ridge station of the Tyrolean Zugspitze Cable Car to the Schneefernerhaus. From 1945-1952 the hotel was commandeered for use as a “recreation facility” by US Forces. In 1965, an avalanche that swept over the sun terrace of the hotel and the lifts claimed 10 lives and injured 21. This tragedy was the impetus behind the introduction of a state avalanche warning system. In 1988, after the new railway station was opened, the SonnAlpin restaurant was extended. Hotel and restaurant operations finally ceased in 1992. The track of the Zugspitze Railway is still there but is now used only to serve the research station.

Rotwandhaus area, Helching, Bavaria

Rotwandhaus area, Helching, Bavaria