Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Ski Resort in Germany

Introduction

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a ski town in Bavaria, southern Germany. Nearby is Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze, at 2,962 m (9,718 ft.).

Garmisch-Partenkirchen was founded by uniting the two towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen by a decree of Adolf Hitler to bring the 1936 Winter Olympics to Germany. The International Olympic Committee was going to pass over Germany as the host, because there were not enough hotel rooms in the host town, so Hitler forced the unification of Garmisch and Partenkirchen to create a larger town, which would be more appealing to the IOC.

Garmish-Partenkirchen is one of Germany's premier tourist ski towns and offers tremendous hiking, skiing and biking opportunities. It lies a few kilometers from the Austrian border.

With Germany’s highest mountain, the mighty Zugspitze (2962m; 9,781ft) towering over them, the twin-towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen jointly comprise by far the best known ski resort in Germany. This is the great Bavarian original: its architecture and ambience have been copied the world over.

This is quintessential Bavaria. And the scenery, crowned by the mighty Zugspitze, which is partly in Germany and partly in Austria, provides a breathtaking backdrop. There are five mountains in all, several interconnected, as well as the only glacier skiing in Germany, on the Zugspitze itself. The whole area - which includes the surrounding communities of Ohlstadt, Eschenloe, Farchant and the Austrian ski resort of Oberau and its neighbours, is known as "Zugspitzland".

The ski area Garmisch-Classic links together the three mountains Hausberg, Kreuzeck and Alpspitze. At the Hausberg the slopes are predominately marked as blue and red, indicating easy and intermediate terrain perfectly suited for families and inexperienced skiers and snowboarders.

The trails below the summit of the Alpspitze pose a challenge for all skiers and snowboarders – no matter what level of difficulty you're used to. These slopes are not only pure skiing fun but you get to admire the ultimate Alpine panorama that comes with it. Because this area is located above the treeline you have a clear view onto the surrounding winter wonderland.


Skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch - Partenkirchen's skiing is spread around in over a dozen separate areas, some over the border in Austria and all available on the single 'Top Snow Card' pass. Together they represent over 280km ( 175 miles ) of trails and more than 30 lifts. There are however few extensive ski areas, rather a large number of moderately sized areas, and many of the lifts are surface drags. That being said the Zugspitze represents the highest skiing in Germany and Germany's only glacier skiing, with trails up to 2600 metres ( 8,530 feet ) although the new Zugspitzbahn goes higher, up an incredible face of sheer rock from 1000 to 2950 metres ( 3280 - 9680 feet), but it's not possible to ski the upper section.

The eight surface lifts and one six-person chair up here, serving mostly intermediate level terrain, are also accessed by the older funicular railway which passes through a long tunnel through the mountain, a remarkable feat of engineering, before emerging at the snowfield. This is also the train many take from Garmisch - Partenkirchen to the base of the Zugspitze cable car.

Closer to Garmisch - Partenkirchen itself, and also reached by the funicular before taking the relevant cable-car up the mountain, are the ski slopes of the Alpspitz (top lift 2050 metres / 6730 feet) and the just lift-linked Kreuzeck as well as the Hausberg skiing area. These three mountains are connected and form one skiing area with 40 km of groomed and safeguarded slopes, served by four cabin cable cars, a further four chairlift and 7 T-bar lifts.

Keuzeck starts where the snow line ends, just at the base of the Alpspitz area and just lift linked to it. From there it is possible to ski back down through the forest to the base station at 750 metres ( 2460 feet) - the longest descent in the area. The potentially patchy snow cover at the lower levels are backed up by snow making on this run. Most trails will again appeal to intermediates.

The fourth area at Eckbauer above the famous ski jumps is linked by a ski touring route and both offer skiing within the tree line accessed by lifts from the outskirts of the town. These have a number of blues suitable for beginners although the highest lifts are at 21780 metres (5850 feet) at Wank. Of the dozen other choices on the Happy Ski card, the best options include Mittenwald in Germany, the elite Austrian resort of Seefeld and also in the Tyrol, the big verticals at Ehrwald and Lermoos.


Snowboarding in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

There's plenty of terrain for 'boarders to enjoy and although many of the ski area lifts are drags, the big lifts that cover the serious chunks of vertical are all boarder friendly cable cars and funiculars. There's a snowsure fun park with and rails on the Zugspitze plateau.

Other created features are to be found at the Ehrwalder Alm (above Ehrwald, on the area pass), and at Seefeld and Lermoos. There's a Funbox, wave ride and half pipe at Kranzberg by Mittenwald and a half pipe and quarter pipe at Karwendel. Erwin Gruber's dedicated snowboard school in Garmisch - Partenkirchen publishes a brochure featuring pictures of 'boarders with aircraft turbo-props strapped to their backs for added oomph - an experience not to be missed by the dedicated pro.


Garmisch-Partenkirchen Aprés Ski

Garmisch - Partenkirchen is a town with an awful lot going on. Apart from the 100 restaurants, most with their own bars too choose from, there are a further 30 or so bars, and half a dozen dedicated discothèques to visit through to the early hours. The local friendly attitude to visitors is known as the Gemütlichkeit. Many people are attracted to the casino, although you don't have to wait until après ski if you want to gamble as it opens at 1pm daily, the building was extended in 1997 and now houses 115 slot machines as well as traditional gaming tables.

Other evening entertainments include two cinemas, regular classical music concerts and guest appearances by famous performers at the Kleines Kurtheatre. Or there is comedy and folklore performances at the Peasant's Theatre or the Bayernhalle. Ice shows and hockey matches are open to spectators at the Olympic rink.


Garmisch-Partenkirchen Beginners Skiing 

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is known for its steep World Cup runs. However, beginner skiers will not be easily bored. Both the Classic and Zugspitze areas offer novice pistes, but the Zugspitze ski area is more suited to strong novices.

There are 18kms of runs suitable for beginners - 3km at Eckbauer, 10 km at Hausberg/Alpspitze, and 2km on the glacier. The Hausberg area (1,340 metres (4,396 ft.) on the Classic area has the highest concentration of novices pistes, but strong beginners will find that skiing on the glacier to be well within reach.

The Hausberg area the novice pistes are served by a quad chair and a handful of surface lifts. The runs are not particularly remarkable and unless beginners want to stray onto a red run, theyll be stuck in the Hausberg area. The other blue pistes higher up the area are all served by lifts whose base stations require skiing a red run to reach. Additionally, there is no summit to base blue run so beginners will need to download on the Hausbergbahn. Some novices feel a bit hemmed in by this configuration.

Up in the Zugspitze area, many of the red runs are on the easier end of the spectrum. In fact, we found it difficult to distinguish between the red and blue pistes on the glacier. Skiing on the glacier is something of a novelty and most beginners will enjoy the experience of riding through the mountain on the Zugspitzebahn cog-railway (just follow the signs for the "Zahnradbahn").


Garmisch-Partenkirchen Intermediate Skiing

Intermediate skiers love Garmisch. At the Classic area, long pistes spread across huge vertical drops make the resort a favourite with intermediates. The Zugspitze area's above-treeline glacier runs are not to be skipped on clear days.

The Classic area has the longest and most impressive array of intermediate runs. It is possible to ski1300 m (4,265 ft.) from the top of the Alpspitzbahn down to the base. Three former downhill runs (Olympia, Kochelberg, and Standard-Tonihutte) fall over 600m uninterrupted. The Olypmia run hosted the 1936 Olympic downhill. Lots of vertical is possible by lapping these three pistes and they're so enjoyable that many first-timers end up skipping some of the more intersting intermediate runs near the summit of the Classic area.

We particularly recommend a run down Bernadein. Serviced by its own surface lift, this run drops through a narrow gap in the mountain before opening up into a wide piste between two towering rockfaces.

The Zugspitze area is an intermediate's paradise. The glacier has 15km or so of relaxed wide-open skiing, all above the treeline. The runs are a bit on the easier end of the red spectrum and strong beginners will find many of them within reach. There are no advanced runs on the glacier, so intermediates can explore the entire area. If taking the Zugspitzebahn through the mountain to the top, be sure to check to see if the Riffelriss run is open. When it is, get off the train at the Riffelriss station to ski this often-missed red run back down to the Eibsee Zugspitzebahn train station.


Garmisch-Partenkirchen Advanced Skiing 

More advanced skiers will want to try the celebrated Kandahar run and the other testing runs at Kreuzek like Olympia and Trögellifthang.

The Kandahar, with its vertical drop of 940 metres (3,084 ft) is the resort's signature run (3.7 kms/ 2.3m) - but very few skiers would want to try to beat the sub two-minute record time for its descent. There is a particularly challenging descent, which should only be undertaken with a guide, from the top of the Zugspitze down to Ehrwald in Austria. At Wank, the only local skiing at Partenkirchen, the forested gullies below the Sonnenalm Lodge are ideal for advanced skiers who don't mind walking up to get some good off-piste and powder.

Transportation - Get In

Garmisch is less than an hour by car from Munich, and the ride is a beautiful stretch of Autobahn, unfortunately not the whole way. Expect to drive up to three hours on weekends and public holidays.

Buses connect Garmisch-Partenkirchen non-stop to Berlin (DB IC bus). Meinfernbus connects Garmisch-Partenkirchen with Innsbruck and Munich Hackerbrücke at competitive prices. All buses depart in front of the main train station

Also, trains leave to and from Munich every hour, and the (beautiful) ride lasts roughly 80–90 minutes on the local and 60 minutes on the rush hour express. Note that the weekend ICE trains connecting Garmisch Partenkirchen to Munich and beyond are slower than the stopping train.

It is also a great end to a Romantic Road day trip beginning in Rothenburg, driving down the Romantic Road stopping at the various recommended heritage towns and ending in Garmisch for an overnight stay; or better still, a few days as it is a great base to drive out and back to Füssen (King Ludwig's castles) and Innsbruck along some of the most spectacular mountain drives you will ever see.

Transportation - Get Around

Public buses in Garmisch-Partenkirchen area very efficient. Lines #1 and #2 run every 20 minutes (30 minutes on weekends) and head from the Klinikum (hospital) via Bahnhof (train station) to Kreuzeck (ski area) or Breitenau (US-facilities). Lines #3, #4 and #5 run in opposite circles from the neighbouring villages of Farchant and Burgrain via Bahnhof and Marienplatz back to their origins. Fares are 1,50 € per trip or you can buy a weekly or monthly pass. Those who stay in hotels in town receive passes for free bus usage during their stay. The blue line (Eibseebus) connects Garmisch every hour with Grainau and the Eibsee. This bus is helpful for hikers starting or ending trips along the valley trails and lifts.

Beside the train station is the terminus of the Zugspitze Railway (Zugspitzbahn). The cogwheel train (Zahnradbahn) takes you up to the Zugspitze mountain. The ride takes 1hr 20min.

Main stops for all lines are Rathaus (townhall), Bahnhof (trainstation) and Marienplatz (center of town). There is also a busstop of the RVO(orange buses) at the trainstation. Those buses connect Garmisch with Oberammergau/Füssen, Mittenwald and Krün/Kochel.

Taxi ranks can be found outside the Trainstation (ph:08821-1616) and at the Marienplatz (ph:08821-2408) right in front of McDonalds.

Accommodation & Hotels


This 4-star hotel features Alpine-style rooms, suites and studios with free internet access and a spa with swimming pools. It is located in the Bavarian winter sports resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Great menu
    • New rooms
  • STAUDACHERHOF HISTORY & LIFESTYLE SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.

 


Property Location: Located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze), Das Graseck - my mountain hideaway is minutes from Partnach Gorge and close to Olympic Hill. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Resort and Richard Strauss Institute.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 30 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include safes and minibars, as well as phones with free local calls.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with onsite massages, body treatments, and facials. After a day on the slopes, you can enjoy recreational amenities such as a health club and an outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Dining: Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, multilingual staff, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great view
    • Stylish hotel
    • Great menu
    • Friendly service
  • DAS GRASECK - MY MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and food.


Property Location: Located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze), Hotel Edelweiss garni is minutes from Richard Strauss Platz and Casino Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Museum Aschenbrenner and Burgruine Werdenfels.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 23 guestrooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as bicycles to rent or take in the view from a terrace and a garden. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket assistance.

Dining: Take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Near city centre
    • Pleasant hotel grounds
    • Great view
  • HOTEL EDELWEISS GARNI SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Property Location: With a stay at AKZENT Hotel Schatten in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze), you'll be minutes from Werdenfels Museum and Richard Strauss Institute. This ski hotel is within close proximity of Burgruine Werdenfels and King's House on Schachen.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 22 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Take in the views from a rooftop terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access.

Dining: Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of AKZENT Hotel Schatten. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include multilingual staff, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Planning an event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen? This hotel features 2949 square feet (274 square meters) of event facilities. Free valet parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • Spacious bathroom
    • Spacious rooms
  • AKZENT HOTEL SCHATTEN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 90, this hotel is one of the top 12% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Property Location: Located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze), Hotel Zugspitze is minutes from Casino Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Richard Strauss Platz. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Jagdschloss Schachen and Museum Aschenbrenner.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 45 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring espresso makers and plasma televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and gift shops/newsstands.

Dining: Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great menu
    • Accessible parking
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • HOTEL ZUGSPITZE SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 9% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


The BEST WESTERN Hotel Obermuehle has been family owned and operated since 1634. The hotel is located near the city and Congress Center at the foot of Germans highest mountain, Zugspitze. There is a rustic atmosphere with a superior staff. As their guest, you will receive the utmost hospitality and personal attention. The hotel offers a luxurious heated indoor pool, sauna and a large garden with lounge chairs for sunbathing. Of course these features are all included in the price of your room. All 85 rooms are equipped with mini-bar, telephone, radio, Satellite TV and either a balcony or terrace with mountain views. As their guest, you will be spoiled every day: Culinary pleasure includes morning breakfast and dinner with gourmet menus. Or why don't you choose to dine a la carte from a range of Bavarian specialties to international cuisine. The Obermuehle menu restaurant, Oscar's, the a la carte restaurant Reiser's and the bar, Loup with their relaxing garden in the summer are waiting for your visit. Garmisch-Partenkirchen will levy a tax of approximately 2.00 EUR per person per day which is not included.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good shuttle service
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Great view
  • BEST WESTERN PREMIER OBERMÜHLE 4*S SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 88, this hotel is one of the top 18% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.


This family-run, 3-star hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers great views of the Bavarian Alps, a spacious spa with beauty salon, and free WiFi. It is located in the pedestrian zone, just 600 metres from the train station.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Hotel could use some updating
    • Rooms in need of an update
    • Great view
    • Friendly service
  • BIOHOTEL GARMISCHER HOF SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 82. Guests recommend it because of its location, service and breakfast.


Property Location: With a stay at Reindl's Partenkirchner Hof, you'll be centrally located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, steps from King's House on Schachen and minutes from Burgruine Werdenfels. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Richard Strauss Institute and Alpspitz.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 62 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities: Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). The complimentary ski shuttle makes getting to the slopes a breeze.

Dining: Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a computer station, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle during limited hours and a train station pick-up service.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Train station is close
    • Hotel could use some updating
    • Rooms in need of an update
    • Friendly service
  • REINDL'S PARTENKIRCHENER HOF SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 82. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and breakfast.


Welcome at H+ Hotel Alpina Garmisch-Partenkirchena! Charming and full of conviviality this is by what guests remember us. Delve into the enjoyment of a first class- experience at the heart of Garmisch and spend your carefree holidays, conferences as well as wellness with tranquility and a zest for life. Reside comfortably in one of our 65 classily furnished rooms with their spacious, peaceful and cozy ambience. Let the breathtaking scenery with a spectacular view of the Wetterstein Mountains with the Alpspitze and the Zugspitze mountain range enchant you! It is a regular El Dorado for every hiker, mountaineer, and skier. Be it pure Nature, wellness, beauty treatments, or cultural and culinary highlights at the world famous Olympic site it s open season all year long.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Rooms need regular maintenance
    • Rooms in need of an update
    • Friendly service
    • Spacious rooms
  • H+ HOTEL ALPINA GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 83. Guests recommend it because of its location, breakfast and service.


The ATLAS Grand Hotel - a piece of Bavarian history in combination with the famous whiteblue sociability in the arcadian center of Partenkirchen. This is how to describe this inimitably residence, the ATLAS Grand Hotel - since centuries. Quality, Style and the Love of details domain the whole property. The 59 rooms and juniorsuites with the comfort of a 4-star-superior-hotel equipped, are in parts the parent house and in the two modern outbuildings situated. You feel like at home. If you stay with the hotel for private or on business - at the ATLAS Grand Hotel you will find freedom for your activities. The hotel with 56 ATLAS rooms and standard rooms, the King Ludwig Junior suite, the Sissi Junior suite and the Panorama Junior suite with WC, shower, bathtub or jacuzzi and massage shower, hairdryer, TV, minibar, telephone, sauna (with a glorious view at the mountains), Turkish Ha-mam, exercise room and a large garden.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Nice sauna
    • Could be quieter
    • Rooms could be larger
  • ATLAS GRAND HOTEL SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 82. Guests recommend it because of its service, breakfast and location.

Ski Area

Although Garmisch is famous for its glacial slopes well above the tree-line on the flanks of the Zugspitze, and for its annual World Cup races, they are separate entities and not linked by piste: the races are held not on the Zugspitze itself, but lower down on the wooded slopes of Kreuzeck in the so-called “classic” ski area.

There are some 57km (36 miles) of groomed runs in the resort, and a total of 254km (159 miles) in the region. The main slopes at Garmisch-Partenkirchen are in the classic area, which combines Alpspitze, Kreuzeck and Hausberg. Another area, Wank, overlooks Partenkirchen, but has no marked runs. Skiing is possible, but there are no lifts, so you have to hike up. Although technically the Wank area has the longest "run", the longest named and lift-served run is the Riffelriss - Eibsee descent on the Zugspitz slopes (5kms - just over 3 miles). In the classic area (i.e. the main slopes away from the Zugspitz) the longest run is Standard-Tonihütten (4.5 kms/2.8 m).

The high-altitude Zugspitz area on the glacier has stirring views right across the Alps far into Italy and Switzerland as well as Austria. But as only half the mountain is in Germany, there are also Austrian slopes to consider - at Ehrwald, Lermoos, Berwang/Namlos, Bichlbach, Biberwier, and Heiterwang am See (The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena). These Austrian resorts, along with Seefeld and Mittenwald, can all be skied on the so-called 'Happy Ski' Card.

There are three ways of reaching the Zugspitze slopes, which adds a little variety to the prospect of the longish journey to the glacier. From Garmisch itself there is a choice between cable-car and cog railway. Unless you are in a rush to reach the slopes, the railway, with a short cable-car ride at the end of the journey, is more fun. The cable-car takes you to the very top of the Zugpspitze, but since it is absolutely unthinkable (to all but the most extreme skiers) to ski down to the glacier, it is necessary to take another cable car down to the slopes on the Zugspitze Platt.

On the Austrian side, the glacier can also be reached from the Tyrolean resort of Ehrwald, which helps create all kinds of skiing possibilities.

The classic area combines Alpspitze, Kreuzeck and Hausberg. Kreuzeck is where skiing started in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. As early as 1926 the first skiers intrigued the locals at the Hexenkessel. The classic Kandahar and Olympia downhill runs were cut between Hausberg and Kreuzeck.

Although one glacier visit is a must, once the novelty has worn off, most skiers prefer the closer and much more substantial classic slopes with a big network of cable cars, gondolas, chairs and drag-lifts. Most will make for the summit station of the Alpspitz cable car at 2,050 metres (6,726 ft.). From here they can reach the slopes at Osterfelder and Längenfelder before moving on to the Kreuzeck area, with its fast new 15-person gondola. Although few bother with the long hike to the top, the Wank area offers panoramic views across the Esterberg, Ammer, Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains. It also has the resort's longest descent of 8.7km (just over 5 miles).

At the Eckbauer, the smallest ski area in the resort, a three kilometre (two miles) intermediate descent takes you down to the Olympia Ski stadium, the location for the traditional New Year´s Ski Jumping competition.

The high-walled stadium looks much the same as it did almost 70 years ago when it was at the centre of the celebrated1936 Winter Olympics - the Games when downhill skiing events were first allowed to be part of the Olympic schedule. The original observation towers are still there.

At the end of the war which followed soon afterwards, the US Army built a European recreation centre here, and GI ski enthusiasts were among the first to test the prototype ski safety bindings developed by the now well-known Hannes Marker. To this day, American skiers visit Garmisch in their thousands. There are four American-owned hotels, and the Americans even have their own mini-resort, complete with its own ski hill and T-bar, for US Army and NATO forces.

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Activities & Things to do

If you want to discover the Garmisch-Classic ski area on foot you should definitely consider the cableway-tour. The Alpspitzbahn gondola will take you up on 2.050 meters (6725.7 ft) to the Osterfelderkopf. From there you can get a wonderful view onto the valley looking out from the AlpspiX lookout platform. From there (Hochalm) you can hike for about 30 minutes over the Längenfelder area to the Kreuzeckbahn top-station. At the top-station you can take the gondola back to the valley.

If you chose to go to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for winter vacation you cannot miss the view from the AlpspiX lookout platform. The platform just above the top-station of the Alpspitzbahn gondola forms a hovering X with its architecture. At the end of the 25 meter (82 ft) long bars you have a dreamy and unique view onto the Zugspitze, the northern wall of the Alpspitze and into the Höllental (“hell valley”) below.

Sledging is fun for the whole family. Taking the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn (tramway), winter sport enthusiasts can reach the adventurous sledging track easily, which provides rapid descents and unbelievable panoramic views.

In the area of Garmisch-Classic they offer guided snowshoe tours. These tours lasts about six hours. You first need to take the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn to the top before starting to hike with snowshoes along the Alpspitze.

Sights & Landmarks


Partnachklamm 

The Partnach river flows through this gorge. Though it is very touristy and often crowded it is well worth a visit. After 700m the path chiselled in the rock ends and you can continue your walk to one of the surrounding huts. If you arrive by car follow the signs to the Skistation or Olympic Stadium (fee for parking depending on how long you stay). The entrance fee to the Klamm is 3 € per person; however the gorge should be open all times: before or after opening hours it is free (at your own risk). A torch is useful. It takes about 30 minutes walking to get from the parking to the gorge entry, and some 15 minutes to get through (each way). Go early to avoid crowds.


Höllentalklamm 

This gorge is the more impressive and challenging version of the Partnachklamm (Open only during summertime). You can reach it by using the Zugspitsbahn to Hammersbach (Bavaria Ticket is valid until Grainau). Alternatively you can take the Blue-White bus connecting the Eibsee with Garmisch Partenkirchen (this bus runs every hour between 7 and 22). From the Gaststätte Hammersbach (where the bus stop is) follow the signs into the woods along the Hammersbach to the Höllentalklamm. It takes about half an hour more or less to reach the entry of the gorge (entry €4 (adult), €1 (kids). Walking through the gorge takes another 45 minutes. After exiting the gorge, you can continue walking to the Höllentalangerhütte lodge (another 30 minutes-hour orso). The lodge is situated in a large valley surrounded by large mountains. You can also see the Zugspitze from here. To go back to Hammersbach backtrack your way through the gorge (keep your ticket). There is a mini museum about the gorge at the entrance. You will need proper attire (good boots, warm and waterproof clothing even during summer time) when going to the gorge as the gorge is very wet, steep, cold and slippery.


Homes

Just walking around the town is a real treat. Take the time to walk down any street and you will be amazed at the paintings on the outside of the homes. The Bavarians have a long history of decorating the exteriors of their houses and businesses with both religious and historic paintings. The structure of the homes are also amazing. Go at the right time of the year and you can enjoy the beautiful flowers trellising down off the picturesque balconies.


Hiking and mountain views

During the winter the slopes surrounding the town are amazing for skiers and sightseers alike. During the summer months hours can be spent hiking the many trails (such as around the Eibsee) and enjoying the panoramic views. There is a cogwheel train trip up to the top of the Zugspitze mountain which is an event in itself and a cable car descent with amazing views.

Alternatively, the Garmisch-Classic cable cars offer a nice short 'circle' hike with pretty views. Go by car (or Zugspitzbahn) to the Kreuzeck-Alpspitzbahn. Take the Kreuzeckbahn to the top, then walk to the Hochalmbahn and nearby restaurant, enjoying the pretty views. From there, either walk up the narrow road or take the Hochalmbahn to the Alpspitzbahn, where there is a metal X shaped lookout point, offering beautiful views of the valley and the Hollentalklamm. From there, you can take the Alpspitzbahn back down to where you started. Hikers that want more challenge can walk through the Hollentalklamm to the Alpspitzbahn (6+ hours), and then take the bahn back down.

Before buying tickets to either cable cars or cogwheel train, be sure to check out group, family, and combination rates to avoid wasting money.


Außerfernbahn

It is a romantic train ride between Garmisch and Kempten (via Reutte in Austria) through picturesque Alpine valleys and cute towns. Bayern Ticket is valid along the entire route. You can access the Neuschwanstein Castle, at Füssen from the station Ulrichsbrücke-Füssen (a request stop, change in Reutte). It takes about an hour to walk from this stop to Füssen. It takes about 1,5 hours to access Neuschwanstein Castle. Lindau, at Lake Constance (Bodensee), is around 1:15 hours from Kempten by regional trains.


Zugspitze

  • Zugspitz-Zahnradbahn from Partenkirchen to Zugspitzplatt and with the Seilbahn to Zugspitze.
    Ticket: Zugspitz-Rundreise: 50,- €, young people 16-18 years.: 35,- € , children 6-15 y.: 29,- €, family with 1 children: 109,- €, 2 children: 118,- €, 3 children: 127,- €. (summer 2013)Bayernticket valid until station Grainau.
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