Day 2 started off bright and very early! We had to be on the bus by 7, so I got down to breakfast around 6:40 and ate some granola and yogurt, with my favorite German bread and jam. The hour long bus ride would be taking us to Hoerbigger in the countryside. Once we arrived, we were taken to a small conference room, where we listened to the CEO of the company provide us with an overview of the company’s vision and mission statements, the types of products that they manufacture and the industries that they mainly work in. Following that introduction, we toured the company offices, and manufacturing stations. There were manufacturing stations, one that mainly focused on small elements such as electric chips that is a compacted and sanitized area (that can be found in oxygen monitors) and the second place was made to work on larger structures. After these mini tours, we traveled to another location, which was one of their main factories. Here, we say production lines that were designated to make gas flow valves, hydraulics, transmission systems and so much more. It was really fascinating how such small supply chains work to manufacture even smaller parts for an automobile and was the perfect way to start off the company visits!
After visiting Hoerbiger, we visited the town of Oberammergau, which is south of Augsburg. We first went up a ski lift, to be greeted by a breathtaking view of the mountain. The last time that I was in a ski lift was probably when I visited Germany in 2019 and we went on so many times, however the experience never gets old. As we went up, we slowly escaped into the scenic forest and reached the top. At first, I didn’t see anything, but when we got out of the ski gondola, you were immediately welcomed by the German mountains. Here take a look for yourself!
To be completely honest, we probably spent a solid 2 hours up there taking pictures and taking in the view, we even saw a number of paragliders take off from the side of the mountain! After Which we had free time in the town square! For dinner, I had a mushroom sauce spaghetti and it quite frankly was the creamiest pasta that I have ever eaten. And after having such a fulfilling meal, I had to follow it up with gelato! I got 2 scoops of Ferrero Rosario gelato, in a cone, which was the perfect way to end dinner! Something that I saw after we were walking around that I thought was very sweet, was an all round Weihnachtsgeschäft (Christmas shop) which had these nutcrackers spinning on a tree. Our field trip for today was short, but sweet and it just makes me even more excited for the rest of the trip and all of the places that we get to visit!