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A photographic road trip along the German-Austrian border

Budding photographer and German local, Alina Schessler, took time out to explore her native country’s southern reaches for the first time, finding a whole to appreciation for the land she calls home.

Setting out from my hometown of Dortmund, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, friends and I ventured south to explore the southern fringes of the country – an area I had not yet explored.

Walking along the Highline197, in Reutte, Tirol, Austria.

Walking along the Highline197, in Reutte, Tirol, Austria.

Within hours we had crossed the Austrian border and based ourselves in the little town of Reutte in Tirol, surrounded by the picturesque Walchensee Lake, Heiterwanger See Lake and my favourite, Plansee Lake. Characterised by a vivd palette of greens and blues in the imposing mountains and crystal waters, it’s like a slice of Canadian wilderness in Austria, just over the German border.

Plansee Lake in Reutte, Tirol, Austria.

Plansee Lake in Reutte, Tirol, Austria.

Another major highlight was Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany (about 120 kilometres southwest of Munich). If you can battle the like-minded travellers who’ve also come to scope out the scenery, the photo opportunities are worth it. It’s a stunning 19th Century palace, perched on a hill that overlooks Hohenschwangau village.

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schwangau in Bayern, Germany.

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schwangau in Bayern, Germany.

But what proved the most surprising destination was the Highline179 in Reutte, Austria. As the longest swing bridge in the world, stretching 406 metres long and 11,460 metres above Austrian alpine forest, the 360-degree views are worth overcoming any fears of heights.

Alpsee, Hohenschwangau in Bayern, Germany.

Alpsee, Hohenschwangau in Bayern, Germany.

Suffice to say, our scenic road trip was a reminder just how beautiful our corner of the world is.

 

To see more of Alina’s photography, visit alinaschesslerdesign.de

Walchensee, Kochel am See in Bayern, Germany.

Walchensee, Kochel am See in Bayern, Germany.

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