Garmisch-Partenkirchen Travel Guide

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Things to Do

  • Wank

    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...

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  • Zugspitze, Germany's Highest Mountain

    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 –...

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  • Kurpark

    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...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Hotels

  • Hotel Edelweiss

    Don't confuse this with the American lodge with a similar name. The Edelweiss Hotel is geared to the...

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  • Hotel Zugspitze

    Great hotel with a wonderful view. Rooms were superior to anything I had the 3 weeks I was in...

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  • Eibsee Hotel

    In "my" room also stayed Karl Friedrich von Weizäcker" in 1986! He is a philosopher and physicist....

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Restaurants

  • cool, but warm

    You have 2 choices at the top of the mountain. The Sonnenhaus in the building where the Wankbahn ends (on the left in the photo), or the Wankhaus right on the summit. We had lunch in the Biergarten part of the latter. Mine was delicious. A lentil soup with a chopped up Wien sausage in it, plus a Brezl. Great soul food. All washed down with a half...

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  • Opened for Breakfast

    We did not want to walk all over town to find a place to have breakfast. So, walking from the place we stayed over night, this is the first place we found open. My boyfriend had a slice of cake and a cup of coffee. I ordered a breakfast sandwich and a cappuccino. It was all okay but not great. My mistake was having my egg cooked over easy instead...

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  • Great Food & Ambience!

    We did not plan to stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen but it was the ideal location after having visited the Neuschwanstein Castle. We found a place to stay over night and immediately set out to have our evening dinner. Checked Google Maps for restaurants and found this one had great ratings. I must say, it did not disappoint! My boyfriend and I...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Nightlife

  • A good bar if you speak english.

    I spent many many many evenings in the underground when i lived in garmisch. real cozy place, and they serve augustiner, which anyone can tell you is definitely a great among the german "helles" beers. they've also got spirits, tons of other beers, and a decent amount of live music. at least once a week is open-mic night. the owner is a cool gent,...

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  • Great Irish Pub-Friendly staff

    I´ve been travelling around Europe for the past 3 months and have been to what seems like hundreds of irish pubs along the way and i must say this was by far my favorite one. My boyfriend and i arrived in Garmisch fairly late on Friday night and headed straight for the pub. There was really good live music and the staff were very friendly and the...

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  • knee slappin fun

    I walked in to smiles, fantastic music, and a wide variety of cultures and languages dancing and laughing like Monday would never come. It was like being home but with lager that kicks your ass! lol Was able to order food from the Italian next door, delivered to my table. In door and Outdoor seating, three giant Flat Screens, all showing different...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Transportation

  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen Local Bus Routes

    If you lodge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen you will receive a Visitor Card at your hotel which allows for free city bus rides. To access city bus routes go to www.gemeindewerke-garmisch-partenkirchen.de Under Startzeite find and click on Verkehrsbetrieb, find and click on Fahrplanauskunft for bus lines. Find and click on Streckenplan for map of bus...

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  • The Wankbahn

    Finding the base station for the Wankbahn is probably the hardest part of the journey to the top of the Wank. It's tucked away in the forest on the north east tip of Partenkirchen, and only intermittently signposted. If you head in the direction of the prominently white St Anton's church on the same hillside and take a left down Philosophenweg, you...

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  • How to get to Garmish-Partenkirchen by...

    Travelling from the northMotorway A95 – end of motorwayMain road B2 – (Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen)Main road B23 – (Augsburg – Garmisch-Partenkirchen)Travelling from the south:A12/E60 Inntal MotorwayB2/E533 Mittenwald - Klais - Kaltenbrunn - Garmisch-PartenkirchenWe came to Garmish-Partenkirchen from Herrenchiemsee.You can watch my 3 min 51 sec...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Shopping

  • Coffee and More!

    It's a coffee shop and miscellaneous items for sale store. You can buy bedding, clothing, house wares, luggage, etc. Items for sale are not sold consistently. They are bulk/discounted purchases due to whatever reason such as unclaimed freight.Boy boyfriend bought a latte but he said it was just okay.

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  • Another Souvenier

    There is just too much to buy that I wanted. More great Bavarian crafts of wood, candles, steins etc. I love stained glass so I picked out this small stained leaded glass window hanging.

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  • Farmer's Markets

    In Garmisch you will find the Farmer's Market located at the Mohrenplatz every Friday and in Partenkirchen the market is at the Rathausplatz every Thursday. The hours for both are 8AM to 1PM, from April to October. The markets are a good place to buy fresh produce, meats, and cheeses for a picnic. Honey is a good item to take home as a gift. It...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Local Customs

  • Nativities

    Upper Bavaria is a catholic country, a very catholic country. During the Christmas season nativity scenes are put up in every church. Garmisch and Partenkirchen also have a shrine in the centre of the resp. town with a nativity: in Garmisch it is in Marienplatz, in Partenkirchen in Ludwigstraße next to the parish church. The reflection in the glass...

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  • Wolpertinger

    Wolpertinger are a species of animals that are endemic to Bavaria. They are weird creatures with the furry body of a rodent, like a marmot or hare, with horns or antlers, fangs and feathered wings. Wolpertinger are extremely shy and leave their hiding spots only in the middle of the night. Locals have their special methods of spotting and catching...

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  • Catholic Bayern

    Bayern is a mainly Catholic Bundesland within Deutschland. They observe all the traditional Catholic holidays, plus the pan-German ones, too. This means that typically Bavaria is more conservative than the rest of Germany, especially in the rural areas where there has been less of an impact from immigration. Cities like Munich, which have seen...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Warnings and Dangers

  • Closed Bars and Ruhetags

    One of the real pains about walking the hills is finding the bar or mountain hut you are heading for is closed for a ruhetag. Just when you fancy a break and a couple of beers! Many of the mountain huts are closed for one day a week so it's best to find out when they are.The best thing to do is check the Garmisch Tourist website and make a list of...

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  • Hiking - know your limits

    They are small, modest, often with photographs or crosses and are scattered about the mountains in all types of terrain. They are Denkmäle, monuments to those who lost their lives. The more than 300 kilometers of trails around Garmisch-Partenkirchen are well marked and maintained allowing thousands to enjoy this corner of the Alps without a hitch....

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  • It's getting COLD!

    Rise on 2000 m upwards doesn't remain noticed. The temperature sharply falls. It's become chilly and coldly. It is necessary to put on warmly. Even in hot summer day at bottom of the mountain it would be desirable to dress one more sweater at the top.

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourist Traps

  • The Zugspitz

    March will be warmer than December (generally), although I cannot think of any specific March Munich events to attend or see? March is a good time to take the train to Garmisch-Patenkirchen and to spend sometime in the mountains walking, snow shoeing, or cross-country and downhill skiing. Do not take the gondola up to the top of the Zugspitz. It...

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  • Shopping in Garmisch

    Garmisch-P is a resort town and therefore has resort prices in its shops. I would do your shopping in a bigger town where things aren't so overpriced. This being said, it doesn't hurt to join the locals and go window shopping on a Sunday afternoon.

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  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen Hotels

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen What to Pack

  • Beware High Altitudes!

    If you're traveling in the warmer months and plan to venture to the top of Zugspitze (which I recommend), be sure to pack both warm and cold weather clothes. Garmische is beautiful in the spring, and in the town shorts and sundresses are appropriate, but high up on the mountain there is snowfall year round! Be prepared. If you leave the camera...

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  • packing light is sound advice

    Packing light is not just sound advice, it is essential for group dynamics. I ski tour with special forces soldiers, who are big, and strong, and I have seen them beaten by the size of their packs. For one, you are up at 3000 meters and higher. You are ski touring the whole day. On a hot day, the snow sticks to your skins on your skis and every...

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  • packing & what to leave at home

    A comfortable knapsack is a must. It should fit your back and distribute the weight evenly between your shoulders and your waist. Of course, it should have a padded back and a belt for around your waste, as well as a strap across the chest. Do not buy too large. 20 kgs or 40 lbs. gets awfully heavy at the end of a long day. If you plan to travel...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Off The Beaten Path

  • Garmish-Partenkirchen

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria which is famous with its unspoilt nature, vibrancy and Bavarian charm.Walking along the streets and strolling down the alleyways you'll discover a little more of the variety the area has to offer: historical sights, interesting excursions, art and culture, exciting events and no end of...

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  • Eibsee

    The Eibsee is located 9 km southwest of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and roughly 100 km southwest of Munich, at an elevation of about 1000m.The Eibsee lies at the base of the Zugspitze several hundred meters from the Eibsee Cable Car.

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  • Oberammergau

    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...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Sports & Outdoors

  • downhill skiing

    I used to like skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen a lot. It was a great little mountain to have in my backyard. I don't want to sound like a spoiled brat, but it seems that the Gemeinde Garmisch-Partenkirchen have done everything possible to ruin the skiing experience in GAP? They have built a new Kreuzeck gondola, which is super fast compared to the...

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  • always wear suncream

    Do not forget your sun lotion. You should always have it on. Not only does it protect your skin against harmful UV rays, but also against drying out in the wind and cold. Most ski instructors and ski patrollers have dried leather for skin when they get older. You want to protect yourself with a high UV factor suncream. Apply generously. After...

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  • cross country skiing - 3 -

    There are so many walking trails in and around Garmisch. They are all well marked and many are maintained in winter. However, ski trails are not walking paths for you or for your dog. The ski trails are clearly marked with this sign indicating DO NOT WALK on the trail. It destroys the perfect grooming needed for classic cross country skiing. Also,...

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Favorites

  • Ramshackle Huts

    All over the countryside around Garmisch-Partenkirchen are these wooden huts. I can't see what the need for them is, but they really add to the rural Bavarian style. They didn't appear to be lived in and there were no cattle in them. There were sometimes cattle nearby, and sometimes piles of wood outside, but they didn't seem to be for either...

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  • Alpine Meadows

    The town is surrounded by fields of lush long soft green grass, mixed with the whites of dandelions in bloom, the yellows of buttercups and the blues, purples, and oranges of all the other Alpine flowers that grow naturally there. These fields are so picture perfect and idyllic that they almost seem like someone has deliberately planted them to...

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  • Mountain Views

    Almost everywhere you walk in Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers stunning views of the Alpine mountains that surround it. I spent my first few hours walking in the town simply walking around in awe. The beautiful church spires and houses really add to the look. In the summer the most amazing thing was the colours. The soft greens of the grass in the...

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