Germany’s ski slopes are open with an impressive seven months of snow from November until April and one of the most fantastic areas for a Germany travel winter wonderland break in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
In an amazingly beautiful Alpine setting lies Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The towns are actually two, due to the 1936 Olympics when both towns joined forces to host the prestigious winter sports competition. Incidentally, Munich, Germany just 1.5 hours from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, will enter the 2018 Winter Olympic Games bid.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a vibrant, upscale, wellness, and spa town that has managed to hold on to its lovely Bavarian charm. A walk in the city reveals the backdrop of mother nature’s gift, the panorama of mountains including Zugspitze – Germany’s highest peak with an altitude of nearly 3000 kilometers (10,000 feet).
Far atop Zugspitze, the various cable cars whisk you in no time to the mountain top where you are blessed with an incredible 360-degree view and a peaceful atmosphere. On a sunny day, you can see hundreds of snow-capped peaks in 4 countries for a stimulating, exhilarating view in an unforgettable ski heaven atmosphere.
The “wow” factor continues as you discover all types of ski runs and activities from altitudes of 708 – 2962 meters including:
203 kilometers of ski slopes and 33 ski lifts 6.8 kilometers of downhill snowboarding 28.5 kilometers of cross country skiing 8.6 kilometers of tobogganing 100 kilometers of winter hiking With impressive numbers like that no wonder international winter sports events such as the World Cup ski race and the New Year’s ski jumping competition on the new Olympic jump are held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Strolling around the quaint town the “wow” factor sets in as you are surrounded by Luftmalerei (air paintings on houses) which reveal telling stories and tales of families that once lived there. A short distance outside Garmisch-Partenkirchen is pure farmland best viewed from a horse-drawn carriage on a chilly snowy evening wrapped in woolen blankets.
Quiet strolls lead you to shops selling the perfect dirndl. The aroma of chocolate and spices entice you to the perfect cafe. The serene country trail leads you towards charming Baroque and Romanesque-Gothic style and onion-domed churches. The sacred buildings draw you in, and suddenly you are in the perfect setting to say “I do” or “Will you marry me?”.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen also offers many activities for non-snowboarders or novice snowboarders such as tobogganing, snowshoeing, and even hiking the 350-meter legendary Olympic Bobsleigh run. If you are in need of a day away from the ski slopes, visit the many historical sites such as the Castle ruins of Werdenfels or treat yourself to a day at the many top spa and wellness centers in the pure clean air of the Bavarian Alps.
A long visit to Garmisch-Partenkirchen is well worth it so keep in mind there is no shortage of upscale and moderately priced hotels, restaurants serving local and international food, trendy bars, and even a casino to test your luck.