The first part of the day we went to Hirschvogel. This company is situated at the beginning stages of the supply chain, focusing mostly on forging, so it was a different perspective than I was used to. A key focus of this visit was about how the company was not there to make money for the shareholders. Instead, all profits are reinvested back into the company to produce more innovations and keep Hirschvogel at the forefront of automotive engineering. It was definitely another worthwhile experience seeing another parts supplier. Overall I enjoyed it, and our main host gave us a lot of insider information about Hirschvogel and Mittelstand companies that we would not have been privy to otherwise.
My favorite part of the day was in Oberammergau, however. The views from the Bavarian Alps were out of this world. Just driving up to the town, we could see the Alps from the highway, and even from that far away they were still beautiful. Actually being on top of the Alps was breathtaking. I am not embarrassed to say that we all used our time to participate in our own little photo-op. I may or may not have gotten my most like Instagram picture from this part of the trip.
Seeing the landscape of the German country side was humbling as well. I really do not know what I expected to see while standing on top of the Alps, but my expectations were easily surpassed. Although we were not on the Austrian side of the Alps, everything reminded me of the little town in The Sound of Music. Too bad we could not recreate the iconic photo from that movie. In the end, the best part of this excursion was easily the fact that my friends and I were fortunate enough to get a shout out on the PittBusiness Instagram. If I didn’t know any better, I would say I peaked at that moment.
Although photos truly do not do the Bavarian Alps justice, hopefully they can convey the sheer magnitude of the landscape, and more broadly, or nature itself.