Ruhpolding is the idyllic Bavarian village, set in a green valley, populated by contented-looking milk cows with its village church and the Dorfplatz Maibaum complementing the picture-perfect scene. Bavarian hospitality abounds along the winding main street dotted with sidewalk cafes, bakeries and shops where residents in lederhosen and tourists in modern hiking boots mix amicably. The feeling of Bavarian Gemütlichkeit continues, winding up the valley past the dominating 1670-meter Rauschberg, more dairy farms to the Alpine-style Zimbergalm restaurant just outside massive Chiemgau Arena that reverberates from the cheering crowds and music during World Cup week each year.

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