Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a famous climatic health resort known as the winter capital of Germany. Every year they are visited by skiing enthusiasts and people who want to heal respiratory diseases.
In southern Germany, at the foot of the Alps, there is a famous health resort and an even more famous ski resort - the Garmisch-Partenkirchen resort. It is one of the fastest growing towns in Bavaria, but it does not have the status of a city. Nevertheless, it easily gained the fame of the winter capital of Germany, which it enjoys to this day.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, that is two in one
For hundreds of years, Garmisch and Partenkirchen were separate towns. They were united only by the order of Adolf Hitler, issued in 1935, that is, a year before the Winter Olympics. Partenkirchen is older - references to it can be found in documents from the 15th century AD. When in the center, it is worth taking a walk along Ludwigstraße street , located in the center of Partenkirchen. We can find here numerous exquisite restaurants, boutiques of renowned companies and typical alpine taverns.
A lot of attractions await tourists both during the day and at night. After dark, you can spend a pleasant evening in a quiet restaurant or in one of the many discos, clubs and bars. The resort also has a casino where you can try your luck.
Thanks to its history , Garmisch-Partenkirchen today has a lot to offer to tourists. In the resort, you can still see traces of bygone separateness, which gives the impression that the whole thing resembles Siamese twins completely unlike each other. But this is what is a huge advantage of the resort.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski attractions
The greatest advantages of the town are excellent snow conditions and a perfectly organized ski infrastructure. You can count on snow here for 7 months a year, there is a thick layer of white powder on the slopes, and the total length of the routes is 60 km. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen slopes are the only place in Germany where you can ski on a glacier . Everyone will feel great on the slopes, from amateurs of classic skiing to freeride enthusiasts. The latter, together with snowboarders, arrange international rallies at the resort.
The town attracts tourists with the famous annual Four Hills Tournament and alpine skiing competitions.
As for the prices of ski passes in the season 2013/2014 , a 1-day ski pass for an adult costs EUR 38.50, and for a child - EUR 22. After purchasing it, we can go down the slopes of the Zugspitze.
How to get the highest peak of Germany?
Bavaria is considered the German winter sports center for a reason, and the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region is undoubtedly the most popular and popular destination for tourists. It is here that the proud Zugspitze glacier stands, the highest peak in Germany (2,962 m). You can climb it on your own, although it takes about 12 hours, especially if someone chooses the difficult route through the Jubiläumsgrat from the Alpspitze side. An easier route, which takes about 6 hours to walk, is the road from Höllental. After crossing the valley, a vertical, well-protected wall awaits the brave, then a short distance on scree and glacier, and finally another wall, leading to the top. The views are undoubtedly worth the effort. It is not only about the breathtaking panorama of the Alps, but also about a huge art gallery covering an area of 450 m². At the top of the glacier, we will find an exhibition of works by renowned contemporary artists.
Of course, there is also a way for "ordinary" tourists to reach the summit. They can use the Eibsee-Seilbahn cable car, as well as the Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn , a cogwheel railway that runs through a tunnel carved inside the mountain. They can also reach the top of the glacier from the Austrian side by boarding the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn - the Tyrolean cable car.
A winter holiday in Bavaria
Bavaria is a real pearl of Germany. In summer, it tempts tourists with the cleanliness of lakes, in winter with snow-capped peaks, and all year round - with a unique atmosphere and climate. It is worth coming here at least once.
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