Bayern, Bavière, Bavaria
"Oberbayern, and too little of it!"
Garmisch-Partenkirchen. A bustling little town, as lovely as can be, at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest point (2,963m)
I was driving to nearby Austria and only had time to walk around Partenkirchen, have tea and get my hair cut. It was a fine summer day and I expected the place to be overrun by tourists but it wasn't. Happy holidaymakers everywhere made my visit just perfect. Beautiful painted Baroque houses abound!
"The old monastery tavern"
The Posthotel Partenkirchen is on Ludwigstrasse, the main street. It's an imposing old inn, registered as a monastery tavern in 1542. The building apparently was built 100 years earlier. Worth seeing!
Lüftlmalerei trompe-l'oeil frescoes on the façade will catch you eye. Go in and marvel at all the beautiful wood panels and beam ceilings. When I go back to Partenkirchen, that's where I'll sleep. I hope my room has a view on the Zugspitze!
"Parthanum, for the Romans"
Parthanum was an important trading post on the road between Augsburg and Italy. It became Partenkirchen and was at its zenith during the Middle Ages. Garmish and Partenkirchen were joined to Bavaria in 1803.
In the 20th century the town became extremely popular, thanks to its many recreational activities.
If you don't take the cog railway to the Zugspitze, just relax and stroll down Ludwigstrasse in Partenkirchen. Charming stores, and practical ones too (mountain equipment etc), cafés, ice-cream parlours, it's all there and marvelous even just to look at.
I found the best tea shop ever! probably because the owner is a world-traveler who stocks the place with exotic and local specialties, and treats you like a guest.