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    Getting around is a breeze

    by artbybec Updated Oct 24, 2007

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    Garmisch is a little town and easy to manuver, it is walking distance to just about everything.
    There is also a tram that will take you to the Zugspitze which is the highest mountain in Germany. There you will find a Lodge and plenty of snow for those who love to ski.
    There are some extreme hiking and climbing expeditions and the Mountain Cottages
    are unbelievable, I've only seen pictures.
    Visit their website and check out the many links.
    Neuschwanstein Castle is a must see if you are anywhere near Munich. It's an hour
    drive from Munich Airport to Garmisch, and half hour from Garmisch to the Castle.
    Any DISNEYLAND fans? We are.
    This is the beloved Walt Disney's inspiration for Snow White's Castle.
    Walt Disney was born in Germany, and I promise...
    you will see DISNEYLAND with a new set of eyes after visiting this part of Germany.

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    Have a beer

    by PaulKirk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the things I really like about Bavaria and Garmisch in particular is the beer! Ther's plenty of choice and it's rare to get a bad one. And it's not all lager. Try a dunkel or dark beer like a Konig Ludwig or a Josefi Bock in a Mittenwalder supplied bar. The Mittenwald Brewery also makes a dark Christmas beer. Best of all in Wintertime the Ettaler brewery have a beer called Curator. Well worth finding! Weissbier or wheat beer is worth trying. It's a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it! As for the hell beers, you can actually taste the difference unlike the Eurofizz we get in England. My favourite is Paulaner but with Lowenbrau, Hacker Pschorr, JW Augustiner, Ettaler and Mittenwalder I'm sure you'll find something you like and it's great fun finding out which you like the best.
    In the town itself there aren't as many places to sit outside as you might expect. There are a few tables set up but in the main most places don't have the room.
    I have to say that most ordinary bars are quiet and they usually close around 1130 to midnight. There are music bars that are busier and they stay open later.
    My favourite bars are up in the hills. Most of them have terraces and when the sun's out what could be better especially if you've spent a couple of hours building up a thirst. The views of the mountains make a splendid backdrop. Most of the mountain bars close in the early evening so do them during the day and the bars in town at night.
    Cheers!

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    Alte Kirche St.Martin

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 14, 2007

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    The church Alte Kirche St.Martin is the old Parish of the town. In the interior there is an only pillar that sustains the two aisles with frescos of the thirteenth century on the walls representing scenes of the Passion and the Life of St. Martin

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    Zugspitze

    by mvtouring Written Oct 27, 2010

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    The Zugspitze is south of Garmisch near the village of Grainau. To get there you need to go to its own railstation which is located behind the Gamisch railstation. Zugspitze is the tallest mountain in Germany, it actually straddles the border with Austria. It is 2600 meters above sealevel. The cost of the ticket is Euro 45 if I remember correctly. First you take the cogwheel train to Grainau where you change to another train that takes you to the first summit. From there you take a cable car to the top. Coming down you have a choice of doing it in reverse the way you came up or alternatively to take the cable car down to Eibsee, walk to the train station and then take the cogwheel train all the way down, which is the way that we did it.

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    Views and Booze

    by PaulKirk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One down, nine to go!
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    if like me you like a beer or two and want to admire some wonderful scenery at the same time then Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the place to go. All around there are many mountain bars with wonderful views of the mountains that surround the town. Some are easy to get to whilst others need a little more effort but they're all worth it. If the weather is good sit outside and soak up the sun and beer and admire the scenery. Every one of the mountain huts has a terrace and somewhere to sit outside. Most will provide some food ranging from cold meat or cheese plates to hot dinners and the beer is always welcome.
    Just look for the yellow and black hut symbols on your map, get the boots on and get ready for a few beers.
    My 10 reccomendations would be to get to the following mountain bars:-
    Hochalm
    Elmauer Alm
    Berggasthof Eckbauer
    Schone Aussicht
    Pfeiffer Alm
    Gasthof Pflegersee
    See Hotel Reissersee
    Gasthof St Martin
    Hinter Graseck
    Gschwanderbauer
    Apologies to the ones I've not included and why not see if you can come up with a better list. Remember they all close about 1800 hours and check the days they are closed.

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    Cablecar up Hausberg

    by kls67 Updated May 19, 2008

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    Instead of spending an enormous amount of money (about $35) and time (about an hour traveling) - we chose to jump on the quick little cable car and ride to the top of this mountain. It takes about 10 minutes to get up and I just noticed that they have put all new car's on the cable for an even more comfortable ride up - I was going to admit that the ride itself was a bit "unnerving" a couple of times....

    From the top - the views towards Alpspitze and through the Loisach valley are simply breathtaking. The fall colors were overwhelming.

    I would advise going before lunch, packing a picnic and hiking around the top for a couple of hours before heading back down. Of course, if you went in the winter, you'd be obliged to ski.

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    Eibsee -the lazy way.

    by PaulKirk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Missed the bus again!

    One of the great things about Eibsee is that if you don't fancy slogging it up the hills you can easily get there by local transport. A trip on the Zugspitzbahn costs a few Euros and the main station is just over the road from Garmisch railway station. The narrow gauge train follows the valley to Hammmersbach and Grainau where you change to a cog wheel train to get to Eibsee. It all takes about 40 minutes and trains run every hour. The train carries on to the Zugspitze and that costs a lot more.
    Alternatively there is the blue Eibsee bus that leaves from Bahnhofstrasse and stops in Marienplatz. It also goes via Hammersbach and Grainau and again there is an hourly service. The bus takes about 30 minutes.
    Check the timetables and let someone take you to Eibsee.
    Or you could walk the flat bits and then catch a bus or train from Hammersbach or Grainau.
    Both services tend to finish in the early evening so watch the time or you'll end up walking back or grabbing a cab! At least it's downhill on the way home.
    Eibsee is a good destination if you have a group where some people don't fancy a long walk. They can leave later and catch the energetic ones up. And Eibsee Alm is a great bar to meet in.

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    Cars and Bars

    by PaulKirk Written Feb 23, 2006

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    I'll walk!
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    Whilst I usually walk up the hills to the cable car top stations some people prefer to take the easy option. Perhaps the best compromise is to ride up in the cable car and walk back down. For that reason and also the expense I'll ignore the Zugspitze! There are 6 other cable cars to ride if you want to spend the money. They all have websites so you can see the details and check the prices. And always check when the last car is for your return.
    The good news is that there are bars at the top of them all. At Kreuzeck and Wank there are two. At Graseck there are three. Enjoy the views at the top, have a beer or two and walk back down.
    Graseck is the smallest and at the moment costs EUR3.50 one way.There are 2 cars which hold 3 adults. It doesn't go very far up but from there you can walk down via Partnachklamm or step it out for Eckbauer.
    The Alpspitzbahn is the longest and goes highest and at the moment costs EUR14 for a ride up. There are 2 big cabins holding about 60 people at a time. It's a cracking walk down via Hochalm and Bayernhaus.
    Hausbergbahn is also 2 cabins for about 60 people. it costs EUR10 to go up. If Garmischer Haus is closed head for Bayernhaus.
    Keuzeckbahn is new and has many gondolas which hold about 8 people and you have seats. It currently costs EUR12.50 to go up.
    The Wankbahn has 4 berth continual gondolas and costs EUR11.50. You can get out at the Mittelstation if you don't want to go to the top. The view from the top is stunning.
    Eckbauerbahn has continual 2 berth open cars and costs EUR7.50 to go up.
    You will need to check the cable cars are open. At the moment the Wank is closed and last year Hausberg was closed. I think this is for economy purposes. There is an information board at the railway station whilst anyone in town will tell you if one of the cable cars isn't running.
    Take the trip and enjoy it.

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    Walking Paths

    by PaulKirk Updated May 17, 2006

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    There are many paths around Garmisch and they vary depending on the terrain. In the valley paths are flat and wide. On the valley sides the paths can be cart tracks and flat or narrow zig-zag paths through the trees. These narrower paths can be uneven with rocks and tree roots to be careful with. In the meadows paths widen and flatten out. In the higher hills paths are narrower and rockier. Some difficult paths have cables attached to the rock to help. The best guide is the local Wanderkarte map which shows the difficulty of the paths well. A single red line denotes an easy path. A broken red line shows a path that is more difficult but most of these are safe. A dotted red line shows where the path is very difficult and best left to experienced walkers used to exposed and tough climbs. Strong shoes are reccomended and hiking boots are essential for the higher paths.

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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.

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    walking through the Partnach Gorge

    by hattifnatten Updated Apr 18, 2003

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    at the gorge exit, as the sun starts peeking in

    The hike through the Partnachklamm (gorge) was one of the highlights of my stay in Garmisch.
    The pretty country road leads to its entrance past cow meadows, the entrance costs 2 Euro (unless you live there), and the experience is quite unforgettable.
    Remember that it may get quite cold down at the bottom of the gorge, even if it's warm and beautiful outside (granted, I was there in late October), and dress in layers, preferablty into something waterproof.
    Plenty of trails as you exit -- all extremely beautiful !

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    Vierschanzen-Tournee - Four Chances Tournament

    by MrBill Written Jan 12, 2005

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    The Four Chances Ski Jumping Tournament is held every year in Bavaria and Austria. The event held on January 1st is in Garmisch. This year it was mild, but there was enough snow, and it was nice to stand outside for a few hours and watch the ski jumpers.

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    Walk off the Wank 1

    by PaulKirk Written May 13, 2006

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    Wank Haus anyone?

    You can walk up as well but it's a long hard slog so I reccomend the Wank cable car and a walk back into town via Esterberg.. The view down the valley towards Eibsee is wonderful and there are 2 bars to enjoy it. The Sonnen Alm immediately above the cable car station or the Wank Haus further up the hill. The Sonnen Alm is self service whilst the Wank Haus can be busy. A stroll around the summit gives excellent all-round views. From the Wank Haus head past the weather station and follow path 413 as it circles the summit before descending down to the left towards the valley behind the Wank. There are some cracking views but the last part of the descent zig zags through the trees & is a very uneven path. Once in the valley turn right to Esterberg which should be reached in about 90 minutes. The bar is basic with a few tables outside whilst there is also a small chapel. From Esterberg follow path 415. Once the initial climb is done it's downhill after that to Gshwanderbauer for another bar in about 90 minutes. The last part is steep and uneven. From there you follow Path K10 downhill then up the next hill to Pfeifferalm which has great views across the mountain and should be reached in 45 minutes. From there it's a walk back into Partenkirchen via K10 and should take another 45 minutes. Great views and several bars to stop at make this a great walk.

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    Trip around Eibsee

    by PaulKirk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Away all boats
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    Whilst Eibsee is a popular destination for the Cale Car to the Zugpitze summit it's worth going to if ou want to see the Zugspitze from below. You can walk around Eibsee in about 90 minutes. The views are not great as the path leaves the shoreline and goes through a lot of trees. It can be difficult to get to the shore to see the impressive mountain views.
    The best way to see the mountains clearly is to get on the lake. Follow signs to the Bootsverlieh by Eibsee Pavilion and hire a pedalo or a small motor boat for an hour or two.
    Alternatively ride the large passenger motor boat that regularly travels around the lake. It leaves from the Pavilion and you can have a beer while you wait.
    Whichever option you choose you get uninterrupted and superb views of the mountains.
    For refreshments there is the Pavilion or take a walk up to Eibsee Station, turn right and go the Eibsee Alm.
    You can walk to Eibsee from Garmisch too. I'll describe that separately.

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    Short Walk - War Memorial Chapel

    by PaulKirk Written May 2, 2006

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    This will take about 60-90 minutes from Marienplatz. Follow Promenadestrasse to Loisach Bridge. Bear half left over the bridge towards the Braustubl. Before you reach the Braustubl turn left into Fruhlingstrasse and walk along one of the prettiest streets in the town. Head virtually straight on into Zoeppritzstrasse and walk along it until a footpath sign points you up the hill to Kramerplateauweg. As you climb the hill you will see the chapel to your right. It's a steady climb past a number of painted representations of the Stations of the Cross. At the top the chapel is directly in front of you. The chapel is beautifully painted in traditional Bavarian style and inside lists the local men who died in WW2. It's locked but the iron gate allows you to see inside. The external walls are covered with individual personal memorials with many photos of the fallen and details of where they were killed. The chapel overlooks Garmisch and the Wetterstein mountains beyond the town. You can carry on up the path to Kramerplateauweg to head for Pflegersee, Almhutte or Bar St Martin for a drink and something to eat or head back into town.

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