Of Walking in Ice

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Of Walking in Ice
First edition (publ. Hanser)
AuthorWerner Herzog
Original titleVom Gehen im Eis
TranslatorMartje Herzog
Alan Greenberg
PublisherFree Association
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (paperback)

Of Walking in Ice (German: Vom Gehen im Eis) is the diary of the German film director Werner Herzog, published in 1978 and reissued by University of Minnesota Press in 2015.[1] It was written in German and translated into English.


The diary was written and takes place between November 23 and December 14, 1974. In the foreword, Herzog says that he received a call from a friend in Paris, informing him that his close friend, the German film historian Lotte H. Eisner, was ill and dying. Herzog was determined to prevent this, and believed that an act of walking would keep Eisner from death.[2] He took a jacket, a compass and a duffel bag of the barest essentials and, wearing a pair of new boots, set off on a three-week pilgrimage from Munich to Paris through the deep chill and snowstorms of winter.[2]


  1. ^ "Walking with Werner Herzog". criterion.com. The Criterion Collection. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Isenberg, Noah (7 January 2016). "Werner Herzog's Maniacal Quests". thenation.com. The Nation. Retrieved 1 April 2020.