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Easter weekend at Lake Garda

Instead of searching for Easter eggs (we follow traditions very rarely anyway) we decided to spend the long weekend at Lake Garda, the place that always has a special place in our hearts. It’s because it (and Venice) was the destination of our very first vacation together, way back in 2011, the trip that changed the course of our lives and fate(s). Now I wonder why we’ve waited this long to come back here.

One thing you must know about Garda Lake is that it is immensly popular among Germans, especially those living in the South like we are. Coming down on Easter weekend we already knew we couldn’t possibly avoid the crowds, but I believe we managed to make the best out of it. We stayed in Gaino, a small village on the less popular side of the lake, rent a fast motorbike and headed uphills to the mountains, exactly the opposite of everybody else.

Italy is probably Europe’s most favourite country among tourists and they have very good reasons for it. The weather is usually nice, mild in the winter and always sunny all year around. The foods are always delicious and the scenery is more than dreamy. We’re not particularly fond of anything over popular but its charm is undeniable. Many Germans end up here after retirement, we won’t be surprised if we would, too ;-).

Downtown Torre del Benaco, on the east side of the lake

We had bread, prosciutto, salami and wine for a romantic Lake Garda picknick-dinner – but had no corkscrew 🙁

Sunset over Toscolano-Maderno while arriving by ferry from Torre del Benaco.
Google translation gone wrong.: “Belästigung” means “sexual harassment” in German, surely the chef didn’t mean it this way…
when in Italy…
A perfectly pimped, 1962 Vespa
My biker boy 😉
The must-have selfie in front of Lago d’Idro in the mountains west of Lake Garda.
Village life

Southern part of lake garda, overlooking Toscolano-Maderno
Northern part of lake Garda
Olive trees from above
The old center of Gaino village.


On our hunt for the right location for next September, i.e. one by the water with the mountain in sight ( I know I sometimes ask a lot of him 😉 ), we found this place in Eibsee. It is indeed a stunning place with an interesting history. The great-grandfather of the current owners bought the lake and the land around in the early 20th century. He built the hotel and established a transport service to Murnau, the closest village with a train station at this time. Until then the lake was only visited by some local fishermen and not at all popular. That guy obviously had strategic visions about starting the whole tourist business in the Zugspitze and Garmisch-Partenkirchen region. During WWII, The Nazis confiscated the hotel and its land to use as an air force training center. After 1945, the Americans took it over so the owner-family did not receive it back until the Seventies. They then put it into the state in which it is today, which is kind of a problem. The view of the lake and the mountains is magnificent, but the condition of the rooms has not changed much since the 70s, which is a real shame for what this lake has to offer. Besides, the hotel management makes no effort at all to make you feel like they will try their best to make your special day memorable. We kept on looking then.


Bike tour around Eibsee









Our favourite snack in summer







Still, this place still has the most astonishing view of all hotels we know in Bavaria, being the one and only operator allowed in the whole area. Being a Monopolist isn’t so bad, no?

Skiing in Wolkenstein / Sella Ronda

Second time in South Tirol, skiing in the Sella Ronda area

Getting ready for the cold weather
Getting ready for the cold weather
Having a break at a snow bar
Having a break at a snow bar
The sky's clearing up
The sky’s clearing up
The sun's too bright
The sun’s too bright
panoramic view of a ski slope
Panoramic view of a ski slope



Close-up of snow
Close-up of snow
Typical red-ish rock in the Southern part of the Alps
Typical red-ish rock in the Southern part of the Alps


Leaving Sella Ronda, going into the St. Christina area with a 10.5km long slope
Leaving Sella Ronda, going into the St. Christina area with a 10.5km long slope
Wind gauge on top of a hut
Wind gauge on top of a hut


Sun set
Sun set
Seiser Alm, beautiful landscape but this part was a bit boring to ski
Seiser Alm, beautiful landscape but this part was a bit boring to ski
Catching the sun on our last day
Catching the sun on our last day