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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Background

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a charming town in Southern Bavaria, not far from the Austrian border. The town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen delights visitors with al fresco painted buildings and many locals dressing in the traditional styles.

Garmisch Hotels, Chalets & Bed and Breakfasts

Historic Garmisch-Partenkirchen hotels and accommodation offer an aura of elegance that few other resort towns can equal. This Grand dame of all the mountain vacation resorts is a small town with a world-wide reputation. The chalet style hotels and bed and breakfasts have the traditional feel of a European Alps experience, especially with the Zugspitze towering above town.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen lodging choices include luxury hotels offering a perfect blend of Bavarian style and modern comfort, first-class chalet-style guest houses and pensions, elegant private houses and self-catering apartments ideal for a family vacation. Many hotels offer a typical European breakfast including fresh meats and cheeses, speck or proscuitto, eggs, yogourt, and of course teas and coffees.

In winter you can enjoy the unique experience of sleeping in an igloo on the Zugspitze! There is an igloo restaurant and bar, and hot tubs on hand to keep you warm and entertained during your stay.

Visit our Garmisch Accommodation pages to book your next mountain getaway. 

Ski & Snowboard Garmisch

Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts head to Garmisch-Partenkirchen from November to May to take full advantage of the exceptional snow conditions and first-class facilities Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers during the winter season. Garmisch-Partenkirchen snow activities include skiing down more than 70 km (44 miles) of downhill slopes, snowboarding, as well as cross-country skiing across more than 100 km (70 miles) of scenic trails through the breathtaking Alpine landscape.

For the less sport-focused nature lovers, snowshoeing or walking along the winter hiking trails allow for a more relaxed pace. The five-rink Olympic Ice Sport Centre is an amazing accomplishment in which to enjoy ice skating, perfect for the whole family. 

Visit our Garmisch Activities pages to plan your next winter visit to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 

Spring, Summer, and Fall in Garmisch

With such an exhaustive variety of summer activities it is not surprising visitors flock to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the summer months. Many festive summer events and numerous outdoor activities in addition to nearly 200 miles of marked footpaths render this site a perfect mountain vacation for the spring, summer, and fall.

During the warmer months in Garmisch enjoy white-water rafting, windsurfing on the Walchensee Lake, paragliding, mountain biking and even a flight up in a hot-air balloon; there is no limit to the summer activities in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. For the milder temperaments mini-golf, archery and tennis are on offer, perfect for family vacation. Garmisch is a golfers heaven, with 18 golf courses located within an hour of town. 

Visit our Garmisch Activities pages to plan your next summer vacation to Garmisch Partenkirchen. 

Garmisch Restaurants & Bars

Garmisch-Partenkirchen restaurants offer a unique Bavarian experience immersed in a setting of elegant alpine ambience. Some restaurants and bars entertain visitors with Bavarian Alpine dancing and yodelling! The wide selection of dining choices range from Bavarian to international menus enhanced by refined German wines and the renowned Bavarian beer, most of which is organically produced. Don’t forget to taste the Weißwurst, or “white sausage" that Bavaria is famous for.

Being in Bavaria you will find numerous beer gardens in which to enjoy local beer in the sun. Garmisch-Partenkirchen bars are a great way to relax. A ride in the cable car up the Zugspitze Mountain will take those in quest for panoramic dining up to the summit where on mountain dining can be savoured at one of the altitude restaurants with striking views of the valley below.

Visit our Garmisch Restaurants & Bars pages to plan your next Garmisch dining experience. 

Shopping in Garmisch

Garmisch-Partenkirchen blends the trendy international fashion scene with the old Bavarian tradition, plunging the Garmisch-Partenkirchen vacation crowds into a totally unique shopping experience. Winter and summer in Garmisch-Partenkirchen comes alive with shopping venues that line the streets of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen pedestrian shopping areas. Window shopping in Garmisch reveals antique dealers and modern art galleries, testimony of Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s thousand-year-old trading culture.

The Garmisch-Partenkirchen shopping experience is a treasure trove of jewellery, sterling craftsmanship and a first-class selection of the latest fashion. Many shops sell traditional Bavarian Dirndl's and Lederhosen, and it is not unusual to see locals sporting the traditional clothing around town. 

Garmisch Spas & Wellness

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Spas and the culture of wellness are deeply ingrained in this mountain resort’s tradition. The Alpspitze Wellenbad boasts a first-class public wellness centre, with swimming pools and saunas that offer panoramic views of the Alpspitze and Zugspitze Mountains. After the numerous Garmisch-Partenkirchen activities, whether in summer or winter, there is no better way to relax than in one of Garmisch-Partenkirchen Spas. These Wellness centres are often found in hotels, and offer massages and other natural beauty treatments to revitalize both body and mind.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen was one of the first towns to receive the quality seal of “WellVital”, thus guaranteeing quality and alternative forms of wellness, using relaxing techniques including Tai Chi and Ayurveda amongst other programmes for the body and mind’s balance and well-being.

A Brief History of Garmisch - Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is known as Germany's grand old dame of all the mountain vacation resorts and can undoubtedly be considered the number one skiing location. Its history, rich in sporting achievements and grand Olympic history makes winter in Garmisch-Partenkirchen a prime destination. Garmisch and Partenkirchen were united to become one town during the 1930s winter Olympics, while the year before the first cable car in Bavaria was inaugurated in honour of the first winter games. From that year on Garmisch-Partenkirchen tourism boomed and the town became a popular mountain vacation location. Just four years later the Zugspitze glacier was linked to Garmisch-Partenkirchen with the famous cog railway adding to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen activities and rendering the glacier at last accessible to all tourists.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany’s best mountain town.