Just a couple of weeks ago, I found a place which I will never forget about. Me and Kuba were just coming back from the Dolomites, and because it is a long way to Prague, we wanted to cut our way and sleep somewhere in Germany.
Hotels are not our kind of a thing during such roadtrips, so we decided to camp somewhere. But we had no idea where to pitch our tent. From previous experience we knew that lakes usually work pretty well. There are usually flat areas and also you can take a swim in the morning.
So around 7PM, we started searching for lakes using Google Maps. First we found one small pond (already forgot the name of it), which we stopped by, but left very quickly. It was sooooo creepy! The lake was deep in the woods, dark as hell, surrounded by weird trees like in a horror movie, and we even saw a killer-looking guy.
There was not much time left, so we found another (bigger) lake, which was called Kirchsee. And as we arrived, we already knew that it was exactly what we were looking for.
We passed about five huge signs saying “Zelten verboten“. There was a crossed tent sign, so we kinda got around it and decided to bivouac.
There were several piers on the lake, where groups of people were sitting on the blankets and drinking. We sensed that they would leave sooner or later and their picnic spots would turn into our beds. And that’s exactly what happened. When it got completely dark, the piers emptied and we could take the one with the best view.
It was cold as hell, so before getting into our sleeping bags, we made some tea. We talked for a while and watched the stars straight from the sleeping bags, which was so cool. Then, despite the unbearable cold, we fell asleep from exhaustion.
In the morning we woke up to the sunrise without the alarm clock. Okay, let’s face it – the cold woke us up. We had frost on our sleeping bags, so you can imagine how bad we didn’t want to get out. But the sunrise was so phenomenal that we eventually jumped out, pulled out the tripods and started taking hundreds of pictures.
We left the pier around 7AM, and on the way back to the car, we saw some guy, who stripped naked, got in the water and went for a swim in a five-degree lake. Insane. The air temperature couldn’t have been more than -10 degrees.
Anyways, Kirchsee was an unforgettable experience and I don’t regret a minute of shivering!
And what about you guys? Have you ever bivouac? Let me know where! 🙂