Hotel Gasthof Alter Wirt

Bahnhofstrasse 1-3, Farchant, Bavaria, 82490, Germany
Hotel Gasthof Alter Wirt
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Mid-March weather?

by cscmc1

My wife and I have been to GaP a few times, but it's always been in the fall or, at latest, late December. What can we expect weather to be like mid-March? We are looking to go to GaP again March 14-21, 2009. Hope there will be some snow to enjoy! We did some cross country skiing and some sledding last time, and may take snowshoes if weather will warrant it. Many thanks!

Re: Mid-March weather?

by Kathrin_E

Impossible to predict months in advance. Chances for snow are good in March but there is no guarantee.

Re: Mid-March weather?

by cscmc1

Thanks, Kathrin E. I understand that it's hard to predict weather so far in advance; I was just hoping someone could give me an idea of what March is USUALLY like. Thanks again!

Re: Mid-March weather?

by Turtleshell

~ 38F, so snow is likely.

With that said, you can easily have tons of snow all year round. All you need to do is to take the cable car up Mount Zugspitze. It will cost you an arm and a leg, but it is something you should do on a sunny day.

Re: Mid-March weather?

by cscmc1

Thanks, Turtleshell. We have done the Zugspitze visit on other trips, and it was indeed a lovely trip; hopefully we'll have enough snow in GaP to do some cross country skiing!

Re: Mid-March weather?

by Kathrin_E

Chances are not bad in March - in recent years the heavy snowfalls came far later than usual, mostly in March or even April instead of January. Every year is different, though, and thanks to global warming the weather has become even crazier and harder to predict. Fingers and skis crossed!

Travel Tips for Garmisch-Partenkirchen


by antistar

Despite being a major tourist destination many of the streets you walk down are empty of people, and all about the town you will find people getting on with their every day rural Bavarian lives. Many older people are dressed in their traditional liederhosen on a Sunday, go about traditional jobs, and on the outskirts of the town you will find old farms carrying on the traditional cow and goatherding so commonly seen in stereotypical Bavarian landscapes. The farm in the photograph is right next to the Alte Kirchen, and comes complete with chickens, piles of manure, and a barn full of cows and their clicking neck bells.

Skijumping on new year's day

by sabsi

Every year on new year's day there's the "Neujahrsskispringen" in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It's the 2nd stage of the annual four hill tournament (Vierschanzentournee). It's an amazing atmosphere here, 20000 people screeming "Ziiiieh" for every jumper. You definitely need a ticket in advance if you don't want to risk the event being sold out in the end. Then you need to dress warmly because even when it's sunny it can get quite cold in the shade. Warm shoes are most important, you will stand here for quite a long time so the feet will get cold otherwise! A camera with a zoom and flags to cheer for your favourite jumpers are good to have, too. But you will get all sorts of free advertising such as flags, caps etc here, too.

The Zugspitzbahn

by antistar

Unlike the Wankbahn, finding the Zugspitzbahn station is easy, but getting to the top can be a little confusing and needs a little explanation. There are a number of alternative routes to the top, and I will explain the simplest, quickest, option.

The journey to the Zugspitze summit involves three parts:

1. A cog wheel train to Grainau.
2. Another cog wheel train journey from Grainau to Eibsee.
3. An aerial tramway from Eibsee to the Zugspitze summit.

These elements are never explained clearly anywhere, so they are worth noting otherwise you might end up wasting time like I did.

The station for the aerial tramway in Eibsee is separate to the cog wheel train station, and you need to take a short walk through the trees outside the station. It's not far, so if you find yourself wandering too long, go back and try again. You should be able to just walk out of the front of the station and take the path right there. It has a small sign post so look out for it.

The Eibsee Seilbahn is an aerial tramway, not a gondola system, so there is only one cabin on each of the two ropeways. Each cabin crams in about 30 people squashed together like sardines.

The dramatic journey to the top takes about 10 minutes, and in normal circumstances the cabins are going up and down the mountain every half hour. Towards the end of busy days, however, there are more people wanting to come down than the cabins can carry and so you will need to book ahead. Again this isn't made very clear (until it is too late) so be aware. If they are calling out ticket numbers, make sure you go and get one before trying to go back down to Eibsee. Otherwise you might get stuck up the mountain for an hour or so longer than you intended, like I did.

The journey all the way to the top costs 44 euros for a return. The last train to the Eibsee leaves Garmisch at 2.15, and the last one from the top on the Eibsee Seilbahn should leave at 5pm, but they keep it running a bit longer if there's a jam.

Take a Hike!

by lareina

Garmisch is paradise for a hiker. Germany has awesome, well-marked trails and you can find one by basically walking in any direction from the town center. Buy yourself a map at the bookstore or get one at the TI and head for the hills. If you are feeling less adventurous, explore the streets of Garmisch-P.

Vierschanzen-Tournee - 3 -

by MrBill

This year about 20.000 visitors attended the New Year's Day ski jumping events. They were also broadcast live on RTS TV. There have been many upgrades to make GAP on of the best ski jumping arenas on the World Cup curcuit.


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