The stunning and dramatic mountains of the Bavarian Alps offer enormous challenges to all who live there. During winter, the kingdom is locked shut by ice. When spring sun unlocks the grip of ice, the doors of the kingdom are thrown open, for animals and people to reap the mountains’ riches. Summer storms bring floods that scour the land. Farmers risk these dangers to take their herds to the highest pastures to graze the sweetest flower-filled meadows, from which come highly prized cheeses. The high alps are guarded by black feathered choughs, and inhabited by eagle owls, chamois, wild cats, deer, alpine ravens and rare treasures like the alpine salamander.
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