I have generally only included benches from my travels in the United Kingdom but this one on the lovely Kramerplateauweg (Kramer plateau walk) above Garmisch-Partenkirchen was hard to omit. This is partly because memorial benches do not appear to be as common in other countries as they are in the UK and so the opportunities do not arise as often and also because we generally only visit foreign countries once a year for our ‘big’ holiday.
This memorial bench to Tinka and Harald Kramer is beside the path on the Kramerplateauweg. This path gives splendid views across the flat and green valley floor to the rugged mountains around the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, and is one of the most beautiful walks that is easily accessible.
We were in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for some walking in the mountains and our visit was only a few days before Angela Merkel and Barack Obama came this way. They and numerous journalists and security took time out from the G7 meeting that was being held nearby to see this spectacular view. Although we really like this area and the walking is good, we felt that most of the German police force were in and around Garmisch-Partenkirchen and we didn’t stay as long as we intended.
The text on the memorial plaque translates as:
‘To find the true value of happiness we need someone to share it with’
This sentence tells passers-by a snippet of a story about a happy couple who have been remembered by this bench.