Loisachstrasse 46, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, 82467, Germany
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We have planned a holiday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and would like to visit Hohenschwangen to see the castle. How can we get there by train or bus?
The home page of Deutsche Bahn (German Railway) has info on both train and bus schedules:
The connections are however neither frequent nor fast (the buses stop at every milk can, by train it's a major detour). Also an option is to travel to Vils in Austria and from there by bus (again infrequent) or taxi. From Vils it's only a short hop to Füssen or Hohenschwangau. In summer you could also exit the train in Füssen-Ulrichsbrücke (one stop before Vils) and walk to Hohenschwangau/Neuschwanstein. An easy 2 hours walk (only 100 m altitude difference) on a walking path called Fürstenstrasse (dukes' road). Would be at least for one way an idea.
I'm pretty sure that there are also tour bus offers from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Hohenschwangau. Just visit the tourist office when there.
While you are in Garmisch, you might also wish to visit the Ettal Monastery and Ludwig II's Linderhof Palace, which are both nearby. You can travel by bus to both from Garmisch. You can tour two castles, both Hohenschwangau, and Neuschwanstein, plus also the Wieskirche, in the Fuessen area. Gary
You can also travel to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak, from Garmisch. The small towns of Oberammergau, and Mittenwald, are nearby, and might be of interest to you as well. For lodging, use the "GOOGLE" search engine, type in "Gaestehaus Kornmuller", then click on "translate this page" for an English language version of their web page. They have several lodgings in Garmisch. I could have stayed in the US recreation facilities while in Garmisch, but always chose these lodgings instead. For a more current bus schedule, you can contact the Garmisch tourism office. They also are very helpful with hotel and dining suggestions. Gary
Abalada is absolutely right. It is a major undertaking - but very scenic.
There is a town bus from Garmisch but the tour offices "BlauWeiss reissen" offer tours to the castles and you would get taken enverywhere without having to worry about how to get there.
The town buses do stop frequently but the scenery is so pretty that I didn,t mind. There is only the 1 town bus each day in each direction to these Castles.
The tour company is called either Blauweiss Reissen or Weissblau Reissen, but whatever, they have a great range of daytrips to all the major sights in Bavaria. They even had some into the north of Italy.
This is the website:
It is Weiß-Blau because the Bavarian colours officially are Weiß and Blau and not Blau and Weiß LOL Really true!
Travel Tips for Garmisch-Partenkirchen
There were many building with wooden supports on the outside of the buildings which now-a-days is for decoration but many years ago it was part of the support for the building. It is nice to see the new buildings keeping with the traditional ones.
Take a stroll around the town and look at all of the beautiful buildings.
wear an avalanche transceiver
Serious skiers never go off-piste alone. They always ski in groups. Each member of the group should have an avalanche transceiver (make sure its turned on and you know how to use it), avalanche probe poles, and a shovel. Usually, you have these in your knapsack along with your first aid kit, a Swiss Army knife, a bottle of water, and some food. Each time you go out on the mountain, you should be prepared to spend a night on the mountain in an emergency. Therefore, it is also good to carry extra dry clothing, especially a dry underlayer, which is light, but worth its weight in gold on a cold day and even more when you are forced to overnight on the mountain.
Another village that can be visited from GP very easily using the bus. Oberammergau is world renowned for its Passionplay that takes place every 10 years. We were very lucky to have been able to attend it in 2010 when it was performed for the 100th time. I loved the "luftlmalerel" which is the local way of decorating house facades and which decorates many a home in this little village. The two that I found most interesting was the "Hansel & Gretel" house and the one of "Little red riding hood".
Once you get to Garmisch, you must take the funicular to the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.
It can be a little expensive but it definitely worths every cent you pay.
If the funicular is for some bad luck reason not in service, try one of the many funiculars to other mountaintops. Just hiking or taking some good pictures will be more than enough.
The Partnach Gorge is just incredible, and the perfect antedote to a stinking hot day like the last day I was in Gap. The water thunders through the crack in the granite rock and creates its own natural air conditioning system, funneling the cool mountain air and running it over the thrashing waters of the Partnach river. You can feel the temperature dropping as you approach the gorge, and when you are inside it is devine. Of course in winter the chill air will likely sap you to the core, but I've heard the views are even more spectacular then.
The power of the water crashing through the gorge is immense. It creates a deafening noise that would probably drown out a gunshot. The thundering water that has carved a trough in the pure granite of the mountain also tears down whole trees and leaves them stranded helplessly in the turbulent eddies. It is simply amazing to witness this wonder of nature, and it isn't spoilt much by the tourist hordes that cram into the tight tunnel through the gorge. In fact catching sight of another human on the path serves to highlight the grandness of the gorge and put its size into perspective.
The walk to the gorge is a delight in itself too. You can join the Partnach river near the station, and walk the path down to the old Olympic Ski Jumping Stadium. From there it is another 20 minutes walk to the gorge through beautiful yellow and green buttercup meadows so typical of the Bavarian Alps. After the gorge you can relax on a riverside beach of shingle, or take a walk up to the top of the Graseck and take the gondola ride back down. This is what I did, although next time I go on a 30+ degree day I'll take the gondola UP the Graseck and walk back down...
The gondola ride itself costs 3.50 euros either way and takes you over the gorge in a scary old cabin that rocks like a cradle.
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Address: Loisachstrasse 46, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, 82467, Germany