When crossing from Bavaria, Germany into Austria via the 179, you may see something lingering in the air and wonder what it could be.
That’s the Highline 179, a 380-foot tall pedestrian bridge that spans the length of a valley in between two cliffs, connecting the Ehrenburg castle ruins with Fort Claudia.
The bridge opened mid-November of 2014 and we visited it only a couple of weeks later while staying 40 minutes away in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Deutschland.
Lucky for us, it had just snowed, giving us those festive winter wonderland feels.
The climb up to the bridge is fairly simple yet can get steep at some points and slippery in the snow and mud.
After slushing through the snow for about a half hour, we were greeted by the Ehrenburg Castle ruins which have been dominating this cliffside since the late 1200s.
While exploring inside the ruins, we glanced out of what once was a window to some magical views of surrounding Austria.
Inserting our tickets into the slot, we pushed through the gate and started making our way across the bridge.
I mean, is there anything more gorgeous than an aerial view of the snowy Alps? I was so speechless during our visit to the Highline 179, and not because I’m afraid of heights! There’s just something about those winter wonderlands that take my breath away.