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Garmisch-Partenkirchen – A Hidden Gem in the Bavarian Alps

August 1, 2019
First mention15 AD
Getting thereGarmisch is less than an hour by car from Munich.
Buses connect Garmisch-Partenkirchen non-stop to Berlin (DB IC bus).
Meinfernbus connects Garmisch-Partenkirchen with Innsbruck and Munich Hackerbrücke.
Trains leave to and from Munich every hour.
AccommodationGarmisch-Partenkirchen has a big variety of lodging (hotels, hostels, camping places). 
LocationGarmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Europe

What Garmisch-Partenkirchen is famous for?

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a ski town in Bavaria, southern Germany.

The town is known as the site of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games.

On the main street, Ludwigstrasse, you can admire the facade of the gorgeous traditional houses that were decorated with beautiful paintings and window boxes abloom with geraniums.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany travel

Garmisch (in the west) and Partenkirchen (in the east) were separate towns for many centuries.

It is best known for Germany’s highest peak, Zugspitze, towering over the town.


Just three kilometers southeast of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the wild Partnachklamm, the Partnach Gorge. This dramatic and rocky gorge on the River Partnach is 702 meters long and reaches depths of more than 80 meters.

Neuschwanstein, one of Germany’s most beautiful castles, is located one hour west of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

A three-hour hike each way from Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the King’s House in Schachen, the exquisite “hunting” lodge of King Ludwig II.

A great way to get the most out of your sightseeing and hiking high above Garmisch-Partenkirchen is to make use of the town’s network of summit lifts and gondolas.

The pilgrimage church St. Anton is a short walk above Partenkirchen; you can recognize it by its distinctive onion dome. Inside the dome is a beautiful fresco by Johann Evangelist Holzer.

A famous resident, Richard Strauss, spent 40 years of his life in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Today, his lovely 1908 Art Nouveau villa in Garmisch is a museum.



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