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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?"Where in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can I buy fresh rolls in the morning or get a nice breakfast with coffee?" (posted 05/31/2014)
Are there any cultural highlights, museums?"I'm very interested in the history and culture of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Are there any cultural highlights or museums in Garmisch-Partenkirchen that you can recommend?" (posted 06/04/2014)
Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?"Can you recommend 2-3 ideas for day trips with interesting targets near Garmisch-Partenkirchen? As we do not want to travel more than 2 hours (one way) we are looking for nearby attractions or points of interests that are worthwhile to visit. What is the best way to get there (car, bus, train?)" (posted 06/02/2014)
Good restaurants for dinner?"Can you recommend me 2-3 good local restaurants in Garmisch-Partenkirchen where I can get a nice and tasty dinner?" (posted 06/01/2014)
Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.
Things can do to make it a fun and memorable evening?"Can you recommend some activites or places to go out in the evening in Garmisch-Partenkirchen that make it a fun and memorable evening?" (posted 07/01/2014)
How to get around and find best means of local transportation?"I understand that a private bus service has been running for a couple of years between Munich airport and G.A.P. could someone give me the departure times...Thank you." (posted 06/16/2014)
Where to find good quality groceries?"Are there good bakeries near the train station ?" (posted 10/02/2015)
Are there any special local events?"Are there any special local or traditional events in Garmisch-Partenkirchen that one should visit? When are those happening?" (posted 06/12/2014)
Are there any local food specialties one should try out?"Are there any local food specialties in Garmisch-Partenkirchen one should try out?" (posted 05/31/2014)
What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?"We will visit Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the first time next winter. We will not come by car. How shall we go to the ski area from the city center with a child? Do we need a car?" (posted 04/03/2014)
Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?"Is there a good local deli or restaurant in Garmisch-Partenkirchen where they serve a good lunch?" (posted 05/31/2014)
Are there any points of interest or local attractions?"Are there any special points of interests or local attractions in Garmisch-Partenkirchen that you can recommend that are worthwhile visiting?" (posted 06/07/2014)
What are good places to go for shopping?
Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?"Are there any dry slope toboggan slopes in the area please?" (posted 09/13/2014)
Questions around the weather, different seasons, ..."If i visit this place in the second half of May, will I be able to see and touch snow? Please let me know. Regards " (posted 03/17/2017)
Popular Points of Interest in and near Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Enjoy a breathtaking ride to the top of Germany's highest mountain (almost 10,000 feet). A particularly beautiful way up the mountain is to go up by cogwheel train to the Schneefern glacier, then change to the glacier cable car, which takes you to Germany's highest summit. The visitor is awaited by a breath-taking 360 degree panoramic view over countless peaks in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and of course Germany.
After soaking in the view you can take the Eibsee cable car, with wonderful views of the Eibsee, back down into the valley. At the Eibsee you rejoin the cogwheel train to travel back to Grainau or Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Of course you can make this round trip in the opposite direction.
There is a restaurant at the top and many nearby hiking trails during summer; winter of course leads to skiing and snowboarding.
The King's House on Schachen
The King's House on Schachen (Königshaus am Schachen) is a small castle at Schachen Witterstein, about 10 km south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, built by Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was constructed between 1869 and 1872 and was used as a hunting lodge and retreat for the king. It can only be reached by a three to four hour hike, either from Elmau or Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and provides a view of the Zugspitze.
One room (known as the
Turkish Room) occupies the entire upper-floor of the castle, and is elaborately decorated in an Oriental fashion. The extravagant interior stands in stark contrast to the exterior, which is rather modest.
The castle is open from June to October, and daily tours are offered at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Admission is 4 € Adults, 3 &euros; concessions.
Historic Ludwigstrasse (Ludwig's Street)
2000 years ago the Ludwigstrasse was part of the
Via ClaudiaRoman alpine road from Augsburg to Bozen. About 1000 years ago the street was the local trading place in the Werdenfelser Land which was widely known as the
Golden Landl. Today the historic cobblestoned Ludwigstrasse in the heart of Partenkirchen invites you to stroll, linger, shop and to have a meal in one of the numerous bavarian guesthouses and restaurants.
Wank (German pronunciation: [ˈvaŋk]) is a mountain in southern Germany, situated in the Loisach valley close to the Austrian border in the southwestern Ester Mountains range near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It rises from about 700 metres (2,300 ft) above mean sea level up to 1,780 metres (5,840 ft) at the summit. The mountain is crowned by a grassy summit which offers spectacular views over Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding region. The summit can be reached via the eponymous Wankbahn, a cable car system that runs during the summer months, or by an extensive network of footpaths that criss-cross the area. It is possible to both eat and sleep on the Wank at the Wank-Haus, a mountain hut on the summit, and a nearby scientific observatory plays an important role in monitoring atmospheric and climatic conditions. The Wank is a popular destination for hikers, day-trippers from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and paragliders, who are able to take advantage of its strong thermals to make exceptionally long flights.
The mountain's geology, which is dominated by calcareous rocks, is typical of the Bavarian Alps. Its climate is also typical of the region. Precipitation is high, ranging from about 1,300 millimetres (51 in) at valley level to 1,800 millimetres (71 in) at the summit. It peaks in the summer and is lowest in winter. Wank's mean annual air temperature ranges from 7 °C (45 °F) in the valley to 3 °C (37 °F) at the summit. The prevailing wind comes from a westerly direction but for about 30 to 40 days a year the mountain experiences a warm, dry föhn wind. A local wind system also operates in the area giving a daily uphill/downhill circulation. Inversion layers occur for about 30 days per year, predominately in the autumn and winter.
Wank was originally covered by a forest consisting of a mix of spruce, fir and beech trees. A process of man-made deforestation that began in the Roman period, when the trees were cut down and the mountain's slopes were grazed by horses, sheep, goats and cattle, resulted in much of the forest being destroyed by the 15th century. Forestry in the area was taken over by the Bavarian government in 1803 but the former forest cover did not regenerate due in part to the continued use of forest lands as pasture, storms and browsing by game animals. As a result, the current Wank forest is predominately spruce (about 75%) and pine (15%). Forestry programmes are currently underway to improve the arboreal diversity of the mountain.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a lovely town in southern Bavaria and a great destination if you’re a hiker or skier, or just want to surround yourself with gorgeous Alpine scenery. Don’t miss the spectacular view from the Zugspitze: at 2,962 meters, it’s Germany’s tallest mountain.
The town is served by the A95 Autobahn (motorway), and has railway connections to Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), Innsbruck, Reutte and to the Zugspitze mountain. The views of the majestic peak from the town are especially spectacular and several accessible hiking trails cover both the lower and higher elevations.
Sports in Garmisch-Partenkirchen:
In 1936 it was the site of the Winter Olympic Games. Traditionally, a ski jumping contest is held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on New Year's Day, as a part of the Four Hills Tournament (Vierschanzen-Tournee). A variety of Ski World Cup Races are also held here, usually on the Kandahar Track outside town. The 1978 Alpine World Ski Championships were organized in Garmisch and the 2011 Alpine World Ski Championships are to be held there as well.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also a favored holiday spot for hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, having some of the best skiing areas in Germany.
In 2007 it was announced that Garmisch-Partenkirchen will put in a bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics together with partner candidates Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) and Schönau am Königsee (Königsee vacation rentals | Königsee travel guide) (near Berchtesgaden). The final decision will be made in 2011.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen was the birthplace of Michael Ende, author of The Neverending Story, and was also home to composer Richard Strauss.
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South of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the Partnach Gorge and the Zugspitze, the highest mountain of Germany.
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More about the History of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Garmisch and Partenkirchen were separate towns for many centuries, and still maintain quite separate identities. Partenkirchen originated as the Roman town of Partanum on the trade route from Venice to Augsburg and is first mentioned in the year A.D. 15. Its main street, Ludwigsstrasse, follows the original Roman road. Garmisch is first mentioned some 800 years later as Germaneskau ("German District"), suggesting that at some point a Teutonic tribe took up settlement in the western end of the valley. The valley came under the rule of the Bishop of Freising and was governed by a bishop's representative known as a Pfleger (caretaker or warden) from Werdenfels Castle on a cliff north of Garmisch.
Garmisch and Partenkirchen remained separate until their respective mayors were forced by Adolf Hitler to combine the two market towns in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympic games. Today, the united town is casually (but incorrectly) referred to as Garmisch, much to the dismay of Partenkirchen's residents. Most visitors will notice the slightly more modern feel of Garmisch while the fresco-filled, cobblestoned streets of Partenkirchen offer a glimpse into times past. Early mornings and late afternoons in pleasant weather often find local traffic stopped while the dairy cows are herded to and from the nearby mountain meadows.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a lovely town in southern Bavaria and a great destination if you’re a hiker or skier, or just want to surround yourself with gorgeous Alpine scenery. Don’t miss the spectacular view from the Zugspitze: at 2,962 meters, it’s Germany’s tallest mountain. The town is served by the A95 Autobahn (motorway), and has railway connections to Munich, Innsbruck, Reutte, and the Zugspitze itself. The views of the majestic peak from the town are especially spectacular, and several accessible hiking trails cover both the lower and higher elevations. In addition to skiing and hiking, you may wish to visit the historic cobblestoned Ludwigstrasse, which invites you to stroll, linger, shop and to have a meal in one of the numerous Bavarian guesthouses and restaurants. Other notable points of interest include the Werdenfels Castle, where accused witches were held, tried, and executed at the turn of the 16th century, the King's House on Schachen, the Partnach Gorge, and Wank Mountain.
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