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    Enjoy the music of Richard Strauss?

    by Beausoleil Updated Jan 2, 2015

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    There are several interactive exhibits where you can play different pieces by Strauss. They have a concert area outside and will be happy to give you a schedule of the concerts. There is a small museum of Strauss's life and career especially as it relates to Garmisch.

    There is also a small park outside that would be lovely for your children . . . or you on a warm summer day.

    Richard Strauss Institute Garmisch-Partenkirchen Garmisch-Partenkirchen Playground at the Strauss Institute Richard Strauss Villa
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    Olympic Winter Game Stadium

    by Roeffie Written Aug 9, 2014

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    In 1936 the Olympic Winter Games were held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Already in 1923 they started building the skijump stadium. The ramps for the skijump are still in use and can be seen on TV every around New Years day.

    This is also the start of the Partnachklamm and there are some funiculars around the stadium to get in the surrounding mountains.

    Next to the stadium is also a toboggan run for your kids to enjoy.

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    Eibsee

    by Roeffie Written Aug 9, 2014

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    The Eibsee lies close to the start of the funicular to the Zugspitze. It is a beautiful lake with extraordinary nature experience. For the first in my life a stood eye in eye with some wild snakes, after feeding some ducks and strawling along the lake side.

    So take some time to visit the lakeside.

    Eibsee from funicular to Zugspitze Feeding ducks at Eibsee Just hanging around Eibsee Feeding ducks at Eibsee Who know the name of these snakes?
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    Lüftlmalerei

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 9, 2014

    This artform you can see alot in the Bavarian alps, so I looked into it what it meant and found the following description:

    The origin of the name is disputed, but it probably comes from the native house of the facade painter Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792) from Oberammergau, Zu Lüftl.

    The Lüftlmalerei is a popular variant of trompe-l'œil (a dummy painting) from the Baroque era, and imitating architectural elements. Are embedded, such as in the high architecture, also pictorial cartouches, mirrors and boxes. Whose vocabulary extends from the house saint or house mark on biblical representations to the classic motifs of folk art from the rural everyday life and hunting. Also banners with mottoes are common. Furthermore, the sundial is popular item.

    Images are applied in fresco technique on fresh lime plaster, the colors silicification in a chemical reaction with the cleaning and the painting can survive for a long time. Today, other weatherproof mediums are used.

    Shop in towncenter of Garmisch with L��ftlmalerei!
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    Partnachklamm

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 9, 2014

    If you love water, rocks, nature and are deperate in need of seeing the power of water, then you can't forget to visit this gorge. It is gorgeous.

    Sometimes it gets dark becauce of the narrowness of the gorge, but always you hear and see the power of the little Partnach river running through it. At the end of the gorge there is a walk up to a guesthouse where you can have a drink. From there you go down the mountain to the parking lot again.

    Entrance fee were abaut € 3,50 a person.

    It is also worth a visit on a rainy day. You can visit this together with the Olympic Stadium

    Inside Partnachklamm Inside Partnachklamm Inside Partnachklamm Inside Partnachklamm Inside Partnachklamm
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    Zugspitze, 2,962 m

    by Roeffie Written Aug 9, 2014

    Zugspitze is a 2,962 m high mountain and with that height the highest mountain of Germany. To visit the top you will have to go by several funiculars or lifts.

    To visit it is not cheap when you are with a family of four or more. To enjoy the visit it comes down to planning it on a very clear day otherwise you are up there and stuck with no view at all.

    Nice things up there are the viewing platforms. You can take a short or long walk in to Austria. You can enjoy a sleighride or a plastic bag ride if you have no sled or a snowball fight, lok out snow can be icy and therefor very hard.

    You need a whole day here and since you are here also visit the lake called Eibsee in the valley. Beautiful nature.

    Zugspitze 2,962 m One of the viewing platforms! On a sled in the snow! On a sled in the snow! Snow all aound you in beginning of may!
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    Wank

    by iaint Updated Jun 9, 2014

    This is one of the mountains around Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Wankbahn cablecar starts right on the edge of town. Its a short trip up that way, but 3-3.5 hours walking.

    Height is 1,780m (5,840 ft).

    Its well worth the trip. Great views over the surrounding peaks and down into Garmisch-Partenkirchen. You also have the choice of two places for food and drink. No doubt full to overflowing on a sunny summer Sunday, but fine midweek.

    Dani and me hiked down. It took us 2 hours against 2.5 suggested by the signs. Steep at the top, but gentle towards the bottom.

    A wee bit of advice. The hike up and down usually starts in the car park at Hõfle, but that’s not where the cablecar starts. Obviously the Wankbahn car park was where we ended up, as the car was there.

    UPDATE June 14

    Went up & down the Hõfle route. Tough due to the heat (30c) but fun apart from that.

    looking south from summit looking north looking west looking north, again south again
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    Zugspitze, Germany's Highest Mountain

    by Donna_in_India Updated Sep 23, 2013

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    At almost 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain. We took the Eibsee cable car up. Unlike our mountain top visits in Switzerland, we had perfect weather.

    As we ascended we saw the villages below becoming smaller and smaller and had a nice view of Lake Eibsee. When we arrived at the top of Zugspitze it was freeeezing – only 1 degree (c) and windy! There was snow all around. We walked around a bit on the terrace and had some hot chocolate (which wasn’t too hot!) to warm up. The panoramic views were amazing. In spite of the cold, we had a great time. I definitely recommend going to the top!

    You can take the cogwheel train to a glacier and switch to the glacier cable car to the top or take the Eibsee cable car straight up. Skiing is also available.

    Zugspitze boasts both the highest chapel in Germany and the highest internet cafe!

    Dress warmly (we didn't) so you can enjoy exploring!!

    Roundtrip ticket: 50 € Adults, 35 € Ages 16-18, 29,00 € Ages 6 -15

    View from Zugspitze
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    Kurpark

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    The shaded paths of the Kurpark are another cool and relaxing escape from the summer heat. The place felt like a Tardis, and seemed to get bigger every time I walked around it. It contains a few statues, a small carp filled pond, the Kurhaus, and a small open air stadium where they put on free performances for the visitors. When I was there they had on a traditional Bavarian band playing classical music that sounded very much like Strauss, although it could have been anything. What fascinated me most was that the small quartet were all dressed up in their best Sunday Bavarian liederhosen, just as were many of the audience.

    Stiftung Aschenbrenner, Kurhaus, GAP Stiftung Aschenbrenner, Kurhaus, GAP Stiftung Aschenbrenner, Kurhaus, GAP Stiftung Aschenbrenner, Kurhaus, GAP

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    Wallfahrtskirche St Anton

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    The pilgrimage church of St. Anton nestles prettily in the forests just above Partenkirchen. It can be reached in a number of ways, including a steep walk directly up the side of the hill, but the easiest is the gentle slope up from St Anton Str. This takes you past ten little shrines, each one marking a station of the cross, before you reach the pink and white church at the top. The views from the top are excellent, giving a peak at the mountains through the trees, and it is pleasant to loll about in the surrounding shady forest paths on a hot day.

    Wallfahrtskirche St Anton, GAP Wallfahrtskirche St Anton, GAP Wallfahrtskirche St Anton, GAP

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    Partnach River

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    Dividing the two villages in half this fearsome, if shallow, Alpine river comes tearing down from the mountainsides leaving the evidence of its devastating path in its wake. By the thundering waterfalls, like the one pictured from near my hotel, lie piles of mountainside debris like tree trunks ripped straight out of the ground and deposited miles downriver. In the summer the river looked harmless from the town bridge, but in the spring the snows of the mountains melt and cause water levels of the Partnach rise dangerously.

    Partnach River, Garmisch-Partenkirchen Partnach River, Garmisch-Partenkirchen Partnach River, Garmisch-Partenkirchen Partnach River, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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    Partnach Gorge

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    The Partnach Gorge is just incredible, and the perfect antidote 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 divine. 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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    The Zugspitze

    by antistar Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    The highest point in Germany, at just shy of 3,000 meters (10,000 feet), is easily reached in about 75 minutes. At 44 euros for a return ticket the cost is quite high, but I found it worth the money. I know others would disagree, but perhaps I am paid too much or have low standards. This was the highest I've been, though, and my first time up a snow covered mountain in the summertime. The previous highest point I'd managed was about 2,400 meters on Mount Bromo volcano in Indonesia, and I don't believe that has ever seen a snowflake in eternity. You can also walk up the mountain for free, but if you are short on time the train is a convenient, if sometimes confusing, alternative.

    It took me a bit longer than 75 minutes to reach the top. I think the announcement system broke down just before the cog wheel train reached the Grainau stop. You see I was supposed to get out there and transfer to another train for Eibsee. As this isn't explained anywhere and only ever announced on the speaker system in the train, if the system fails to work properly, or the announcer speaks during a noisy spot on the journey, you are going to have to wait another hour or so as the train returns to GAP and comes back again.

    At Eibsee you have to leave the station and walk through the woods to take the aerial tramway to the top. If you look really, really carefully you might catch sight of a small sign pointing you in the right direction. Failing that follow the mob and hope they know where they are going. They didn't when I followed them and I ended up walking the long way around the car park. Once you reach the terminal you can jump into the cabin and rise rapidly and breathtakingly up the steep side of the mountain. Try and get on first, though, as they cram the cabin more tightly than a London tube carriage at rush hour and you may end up with a layer of people between you and the cabin's dirty window panes.

    Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have missed the trip to the Zugspitze for twice the price, but the service leaves a lot to be desired.

    View from the Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen View from the Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen View from the Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen Zugspitzbahn, Garmisch-Partenkirchen View from the Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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    Eibsee from the Zugspitze

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    Rise on the mountain begins from picturesque the Eibsee lake with clean green water. It is in a coniferous wood at height of 972 m. The area of this lake is about 2 square km, and the maximal depth is 32 m. There are several wood islands. You may float by boats.
    The picturesque Eibsee is located at the step of the highest mountain of Germany - the Zugshpitze. Walk around the lake perfectly supplements excursion on a cable car.

    Eibsee Eibsee
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    Panorama from the Zugspitze

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    The fantastic panorama of the Alps from the Grossglockner mountain up to the Bohemian Forest opens from the viewing platform.
    Unfortunately the cloud covered the top of Zugspitze when we climbed it up and we couldn’t see the surroundings very much.
    But when we were descending the fantastic panorama was seen clear enough.

    You can watch my 4 min 01 sec Video Descending from the Zugspitze out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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