While all of traveling results in special memories, every once in awhile we have an extra special memory that stays with us for years!
One of these travel moments happened while I was in Mittenwald Germany.
If you are a Sound of Music fan, you know “High on a hill was a lonely Goatherd” is the opening line to a song written by Rodgers & Hammerstein and sung during the Marionette scene in The Sound of Music. The “Lonely Goatherd” song is one of my favorites but
Did you know Goatherders are real and can be found in the Bavarian Alps?
I have never given much thought to Goatherders until I ran smack dab into them in the hills above Mittenwald.I really thought they only existed in this song or the Hummel figurine.
I was wrong!
It was scorching the day I arrived in Mittenwald. My hotel, the Alpenrose, suggested I take the bus up to one of the local lakes to cool off. After spending a little time wandering the village and touring the Violin museum, I decided to take their suggestion and escape the heat by climbing in elevation.
The bus dropped me off at Lautersee a beautiful lake high above Mittenwald and surrounded by mountains. As I wandered around the lake, all of a sudden I heard a lot of ringing bells. My initial thought was “Wow, these hills are alive with the sound of music!”
After taking a few pictures, I continued along the path and noticed two goatherders sitting under the nearby tree to my right. They were even dressed in Lederhosen!
OMG, they’re real!!!!!
The goatherder of song and story actually exists.
As the afternoon wore on, I ended up at the edge of the lake to dip my feet in the cool water. With shoes and socks off I heard the bells getting louder and louder. They were coming right at me! Some came to the waters edge for a drink and others kept to the trail.
My close encounter of the goat kind was one of my favorite memories of this trip! Experiencing culture and randomness like this is so much fun.
Goatherders. . . Who would have thought?!!?