Germany Trip Plan:
7 Day Ski Vacation in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald

Germany trip plan: 7 Day Ski Vacation in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald
Skiing Zugspitze
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In Garmisch-Partenkirchen escape the bustling crowds of Munich and enjoy a week in unspoiled nature. Expect early-morning-fresh powder runs on Germany's largest peaks. High in the peaks of the Bavarian Alps you will find some of the planet's cleanest air filtering through your lungs and invigorating you to try skiing in Germany's glacier park. Forming a dramatic, natural border between Austria and Germany lie some of the largest peaks in the world and the best skiing you can find in Germany.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Munich Airport

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $985 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $700 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $120 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $2225 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $2925 / 7 days
 

Notes: It is entirely possible to form your own itinerary as all of these are suggestions. If you would like to travel to different mountains than the ones listed, Germany has excellent public transportation that makes it easy to travel from one place to the next for reasonable prices.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Munich

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
Munich Marienplatz
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  • After flying into Munich International Airport take the 1 and a half hour train train ride on the Deutsche Bahn (serviced hourly) directly to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. There you can either walk, take a bus, or taxi to your vacation rental apartment to drop your baggage and equipment off.
  • Depending on what time you get to your Bavarian apartment and set up the way you like it you can either hit the slopes right away or go for a leisurely stroll around town to peruse your new haunt. Garmisch-Partenkirch is home to many classic Bavarian restaurants, shops, and natural wonders.


Day 2: Zugspitze

Day 2: Zugspitze
Zugspitze Restaurant
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  • Wake up bright and early to purchase your passes. One of the options is the Happy Ski Card, which allows you to buy a pass valid from 2 to 7 days.
  • If you already have your equipment, enjoy your first day on the slopes! We recommend taking the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn lift to the Gletscherabfahrten for a nice warm up at the top of the Glacier. If you do not have equipment with you there are many different rental agencies in the area.
  • For lunch try Isi's Goldener Engel on 5 Bankgasse for a great lunch deal.
  • Back to the slopes for more astounding panoramic views and thrilling zips down the 2,964 m mountain!
  • After you've had all the skiing you can take for the day go and reward your hard day of exercise with a beer at one of the many apres-ski houses.


Day 3: Alpspitze

Day 3: Alpspitze
Alpitze
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  • On your next day, try to set out to ski the "classic area" of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and experience the second tallest mountain in this Bavarian chain, Alpspitze (2,050m). There you can enjoy the relaxing to demanding descents down to the village and ride the cable car right back up again.
  • Stop at the peak's mountain hut and fill up with Bavarian delicacies and huge cakes to the most beautiful panoramic view of the region.
  • After you're all good and full from German specialties choose from one of the recommended runs: World Cup run, the Kandahar, or the Olympia descent is another challenge for experts.Great fun for beginners is the slope beneath the Kreuzwankl-Skiexpress, the 6-seater chair lift in the Hausberg area.
  • For a dinner out try restaurant Alpspitze at the Osterfelderkopf is a self-service restaurant with a large sun terrace is located at the summit station of the Alpspitze cable car. Bavarian dishes, meals of the day and snacks - choose as you like. For more details see Restaurant Alpspitze


Day 4: Partnachklamm

Day 4: Partnachklamm
Partnachklamm
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  • After a breakfast of yogurt, granola and hot coffee, hit the rest of the slopes you missed the day before.
  • After a half day of skiing give your thighs a break and take a two mile hike in to the Partnachklamm. One of the areas most beautiful walks is through a narrow 700m-long gorge with impressive ice formations from frozen waterfalls. The guided walks are scheduled daily and nightly. During the night hikes everyone meets at the apropos Olympic Stadium to light their torches and begin the walk.


Day 5: Mittenwald

Day 5: Mittenwald
Mittenwald
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  • Mittenwald is served by hourly trains from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The train ride takes 20 minutes and costs 3.40€. There you will find the calm and quiet town famous for its violin making.
  • Your Happy Ski Card allows you to ski from all the lifts there and offers runs for beginners to experts. Try taking the top lift: a 700m ride to the top of Kranzberg. There you will find a Downhill run from levels medium to difficult. A lift for advanced, experts and skiing access.
  • Here you are in the middle of downhill fun. Kranzberg chairlift and 6 additional ski tows open up a fantastic skiing area. Numerous downhill courses for beginners, advanced and experts. Floodlight skiing at Luttensee every Tuesday and Thursday from 06.30 through 09.30 p.m.


Day 6: Mittenwald

Day 6: Mittenwald
Ski slopes in Mittenwald
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  • For your last day in the Bavarian Alps wake up and take the Karwendel cable car to the impressive height of 2,244m into the largest nature reservation of the Bavarian limestone Alps offering a mountain restaurant, children’s playground, deckchair and sun terrace, panorama circuit, and mountain tours, all leading to the tremendous fun of the 6.5km Dammkar run, the longest ski run in Germany. Attention though, this run is mainly for pros and people ready to ski hard.
  • If you have children, today might be a good day to set them up in one of the many professional ski schools. Check here for local instruction courses.
  • If you have some extra time at the end of the day try taking a guided tour through one of the violin making factories.

Mittenwald is also noted to have spectacular parades and entertainment during the carnival period of lent (usually late Feb. or early March). Carnival in Mittenwald is celebrated according to the ritual that began 100years ago where the point is to "sweep away" winter. It is s unique event in Upper Bavaria and only to be seen in Mittenwald. The procession starts at exactly twelve-o’clock-noon and is headed by the “Schellenrührer” (a group of men dressed up in traditional costumes and masks). The wooden bells on their back ring in the certain monotonous rhythm of their movement that followed from many other “Maschkaras” in fancy and traditional costumes – a fascinating scenery with folkloristic flair.


Day 7: Journey on Home

  • Catch the 1 hour 45 minute train ride through the foothills to Munich (18 €) If you have time, have a spectacular lunch at the Olympic Tower restaurant. Take the elevator up to the 182-meter-high restaurant and enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the mountains you just summited. The platform takes 49 minutes to rotate on its axis and on a clear day, you'll be hard pushed to find a more romantic place to watch the sun go down. With fine cuisine to boot, this is an excellent spot to while away the hours.


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How to maximize your savings and spend less during your Germany vacation?

You can cut down your vacation costs significantly by following these simple rules:

  • Instead of eating out in restaurants most of the time your vacation rental apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen. By preparing your breakfast and dinner yourself you can save lots of money, but you can also live a more authentic Germany vacation by trying out local foods and recipes. (see some German recipe suggestions.)
  • Use public transportation instead of a rental car. We provide you with links and details on how to get around using public transportation. Check out the corresponding Live Like a German travel guide for more details.

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