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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.   
 
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.   
  
Also, '''trains''' leave to and from Munich every hour, and the (beautiful) ride lasts roughly 80-90 minutes.
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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 express.
  
 
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 Fussen [King Ludwig's castles] and Innsbruck along some of the most spectacular mountain drives you will ever see.
 
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 Fussen [King Ludwig's castles] and Innsbruck along some of the most spectacular mountain drives you will ever see.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==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(trainstation) to Kreuzeck(skiarea)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 1,30€ per trip or you can buy a weekly or monthly pass.
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'''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(trainstation) 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 from where you can take the cablecar or the cogwheel train up to the Zugspitze(germanys highest mountain)
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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.
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Beside the train station is the terminus of the cogwheel train ''(Zugspitzbahn)''. The cogwheel train takes you up to the Zugspitze mountain. The ride takes 1hr 20min.
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Main stops for all lines are Rathaus(townhall), Bahnhof(trainstation) and Marienplatz(center of town)
 
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
 
There is also a busstop of the RVO(orange buses) at the trainstation. Those buses connect Garmisch with Oberammergau/Füssen, Mittenwald and Krün/Kochel
Line 24: Line 27:
  
 
===Partnachklamm===
 
===Partnachklamm===
The river ''Partnach'' 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 end and you can continue your walk to one of the surrounding huts. If you arrive by car follow the signs to the ''Skistation'' (2,50 € for parking). The entrance fee to the ''Klamm'' is 2 € per person.
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The river ''Partnach'' 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 end 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 opened all times, before or after opening hours it is free (at your own risk). 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.
  
 
===Homes===
 
===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.  
 
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.  
  
===ski slopes and mountain views===
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===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 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.
 
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 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.
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===Außerfernbahn===
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It is a romantic train ride between Garmisch and Kempten (via Reutte in Austria) through picturesque Alpine valleys and cute towns. The Neuschwanstein Castle, at Füssen, is also along this stretch. Bayern Ticket covers this route. Lindau, at Lake Constance (Bodensee), is around 1:15 hours from Kempten by regional trains.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
===Alpine Sports===
 
===Alpine Sports===
Garmisch-Partenkirchen boasts some of the best skiing in Germany.  Located at the base of the country's tallest mountain, year round glacial snow is guaranteed.  The "Happy Ski Pass" can be purchased for use of four ski areas in that area in both Austria and Germany: Seefeld, Mittenwald, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the region "Tiroler Zugspitz Arena".  The pass starts at 88 € and offers 3 to 21 days of skiing, 4 of 6 days and 5 of 10.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen boasts some of the best skiing in Germany.  Located at the base of the country's tallest mountain, year round glacial snow is guaranteed.  The "Happy Ski Pass" can be purchased for use of four ski areas in that area in both Austria and Germany: Seefeld(Seefeld is currently(2012) off the list - but this seems to change from season to season so best to check), Mittenwald, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the region "Tiroler Zugspitz Arena".  The pass starts at 88 € and offers 3 to 21 days of skiing, 4 of 6 days and 5 of 10.
 
More information can be found on their website: [http://www.garmisch-partenkirchen.de/portal/cmslink.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zugspitze.de]
 
More information can be found on their website: [http://www.garmisch-partenkirchen.de/portal/cmslink.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zugspitze.de]
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
In Garmisch itself there is a wonderful restaurant with good bavarian food (very nice price-quality relationship - a dinner for 3 persons including beer will cost nearly 50 Euro) and friendly staff:<br>
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* <eat name="Isi's Goldener Engel" alt="" address="Bankgasse 5" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">In Garmisch itself there is a wonderful restaurant with good bavarian food (very nice price-quality relationship - a dinner for 3 persons including beer will cost nearly €50) and friendly staff</eat>
'''Isi's Goldener Engel''' - Bankgasse, 5.
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Just up the road a short ways towards Ehrwald is the small town of Grainau where you can find the Zugspitze cafe. This is a wonderful family owned restaurant with the best bavarian food around.
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* <eat name="Bei Marcus" alt="" address="Zugspitzstraße 2" directions="" phone="+49 (08821) 79 8000" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Just up the road a short ways towards Ehrwald is the small town of Grainau where you can find the Zugspitze cafe. This is a wonderful family owned restaurant with the best bavarian food around.</eat>
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'''Bei Marcus'''<br>
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'''Address''': Zugspitzstraße 2<br>
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'''Tel'''. +49 (08821) 79 8000<br>
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* <eat name="RestaurantDOLOMITI" alt="" address="" directions="On post at Artillery Kaserne, campgrounds" phone="08821 - 7502609" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-F  11AM-2PM, 5PM-11PM, Sa 5PM-11PM" price=" (US Dollars or Euros accepted)">A family restaurant recommended for US military and civilians; the best burgers in town, pizza and pasta, etc., large beergarden, cozy loft upstairs, awesome music, service with a smile. Large groups need to make reservations. You also need to be able to get onto the base now. Since 2008, the customs rules have changed and civillians without a sponsor cannot get on post.</eat>
FOR US-Military and Civilians
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'''RestaurantDOLOMITI''' Family Restaurant on post at Artillery Kaserne, campgrounds
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best burgers in town, pizza and pasta, etc., large beergarden,
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cozy loft upstairs, awesome music, service with a smile ....large groups need to make reservations, can pay in Euro,
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$-Dollars or Credit Card, mon-fri 11-14h,17-23h & Sat 17-23h, Sun closed
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Tel. 08821 - 7502609,
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
'''Irish Pub'''
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* <drink name="Irish Pub" alt="" address="rathaus platz 8." directions="" phone="+49-8821-3938" url="" hours="W-Sa 8PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">friendly bilingual waiting staff serves cold Guinness and cold Bavarian lagers to a mixed crowd of locals, ex-pats and tourists. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Beer garden out front in the summer and winter months and 3 big-screen TV's with live coverage of any major sports event.</drink>
unfriendly bilingual waiting staff serves Guinness and cold Bavarian lagers to a mixed crowd of locals, ex-pats and tourists. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Beergarden out front in the summer months and 3 bigscreen TV's with live coverage of any major sports event except the All Ireland. The staff in this pub refuse to show GAA games. It should be know as plastic paddys instead of Irish Pub. Best avoided
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Address: Rathausplatz 9
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* <drink name="Schwarze Gams" alt="" address="Rathausplatz 9" directions="near Marienplatz" phone="+49-8821-4651" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">Located in the center of town is this underground venue. Augustiner Bier on tab or from the bottle.</drink>
  
Tel. +49-8821-3938
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* <drink name="Peaches Cocktailbar and Music Cafe" alt="" address="Marienplatz 17" directions="" phone="+49-8821-95-77-0" email="" fax="" hours="Bar: 7PM-3AM, Pizzeria: Su-Th 6PM-12AM, F-Sa 6PM-1AM, Music Cafe: Th-Sa 10PM" price="" url="http:\\www.peaches.de\">Three venues in one, a lively bar (Peaches), Italian restaurant (Pizzeria), and dance club (Music Cafe) inhabit a building at the head of the Marienplatz in the heart of Garmisch. On Mondays the restaurant offers every pizza half-off, Tuesdays are "American Pay Day" where $1 U.S. equals 1 Euro, and on Thursdays the Music Cafe dance club serves up two-for-one cocktails all night long. They also have a casino downstairs.</drink>
  
'''Schwarze Gams'''
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* <drink name="The Local Cure Bar" alt="" address="Zugspitzstraße 70" directions="" phone="+49-08821-512-82" email="" fax="" hours="" price="" url="">The English-speaking waiting staff make this a favorite amongst local ex-pats and American and British tourists.</drink>
located in the center of town this underground venue is open wednesday - saturday
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*<drink name="Creation Fromage" alt="" address="Alpspitzstrasse 4" directions="" phone="015209553744" url="" hours="09:30-18:30" price="Medium" lat="" long="">A small Fromagerie (cheese shop) offering the best in regional/Alpine Cheeses, Stilton,Cheddar, Brie de Meaux,
from 8pm till the early morning hours. Augustiner Bier on tab or from the bottle.
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amongst ca. 80 varieties. The friendly staff  is competent & helpful.  French wines, foodstuffs, and small bakery items are also offered.  The Croissants, Baguette, and Pain Au Chocolat are the best in town. English speakers  always welcome!</drink>
 
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Address: Bankgasse 5 (near Marienplatz)
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Tel. +49-8821-4651
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'''Peaches Cocktailbar and Music Cafe''': Three venues in one, a lively bar (Peaches), italian restaurant (Pizzeria), and dance club (Music Cafe) inhabit a building at the head of the Marienplatz in the heart of Garmisch. On Mondays the restaurant offers every pizza half-off, and on Thursdays the Music Cafe dance club serves up two-for-one cocktails all night long. <br>
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'''Address''': Marienplatz 17, 82467 Garmisch<br>
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'''Tel''': +49 8821 - 95 77 0 <br>
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'''Website''': www.peaches.de <br>
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'''Hours''':<br>
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Peaches: daily from 19:00 to 3:00<br>
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Pizzeria: Sunday through Thursday 18:00 to 24:00; Friday and Saturday 18:00 to 1:00<br>
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Music Cafe: Thursday through Saturday 22:00 until the last person leaves<br>
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'''The Local Cure Bar'''<br>
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The English-speaking waiting staff make this a favorite amongst local ex-pats and American and British tourists.<br>
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'''Address''': Zugspitzstraße 70<br>
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'''Tel'''. +49 (08821) 512 82<br>
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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*<sleep name="Fereinwohnung" alt="Holiday Apartments" address="Varies" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.ferienwohnungen-bertignol.de" checkin="" checkout="" price="30 - 150" lat="" long="">Fereinwohnung's are holiday apartments available for rent which include furniture and generall full kitchens.  Perfect for 2+ people who are staying several days or even longer.  You can often find single floors of a house unit, or entire houses for rent.  The link I've provided is only one of many rental groups in the area. </sleep>
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
  
* <sleep name="Naturfreundehaus" alt="" address="Schalmeiweg 21"
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* <sleep name="Naturfreundehaus" alt="" address="Schalmeiweg 21" directions="" phone="+49 8821-4322" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url=""> </sleep>
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phone="+49 8821-4322" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout=""
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price="" url=""> </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Jugendherberge Burgrain (DJH)" alt="" address="Jochstr. 10"
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phone="+49 0 88 21/9 67 05-0" email="jhgarmisch@djh-bayern.de" fax="0 88 21/9 67 05-27" checkin="" checkout=""
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price="€20-€30 person." url="http://www.jugendherberge.de/de/jugendherbergen/visitenkarte/jh.jsp?IDJH=221"> Very college dorm-like youth hostel located at the outskirts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Affiliated with Die Jugendherberge (DJH) and Hosteling International (HI), so it's cheaper with an HI card. Breakfast provided.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Jugendherberge Burgrain (DJH)" alt="" address="Jochstr. 10" directions="" phone="+49 0 88 21/9 67 05-0" email="jhgarmisch@djh-bayern.de" fax="0 88 21/9 67 05-27" checkin="" checkout="" price="€20-€30 person." url="http://www.jugendherberge.de/de/jugendherbergen/visitenkarte/jh.jsp?IDJH=221"> Very college dorm-like youth hostel located at the outskirts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Affiliated with Die Jugendherberge (DJH) and Hosteling International (HI), so it's cheaper with an HI card. Breakfast provided.</sleep>
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
  
* <sleep name="Haus Hohe Tannen" alt="" address="Zoeppritzstr. 13"
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* <sleep name="Haus Hohe Tannen" alt="" address="Zoeppritzstr. 13" directions="" phone="+49 08821/54647" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€28-€41 person." url=""> A B&B in a quiet neighbourhood only a 5 minute walk from the center.</sleep>
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phone="+49 08821/54647" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout=""
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price="€28-€41 person." url=""> A B&B in a quiet neighbourhood only a 5 minute walk from the center.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Haus Maria" alt="" address="Zoeppritzstr. 20"
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* <sleep name="Haus Maria" alt="" address="Zoeppritzstr. 20" directions="" phone="+49 08821/9434430" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€31-€38 per person." url="">Another B&B just across the road in the same neighbourhood.</sleep>
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phone="+49 08821/9434430" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout=""
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price="€31-€38 per person." url=""> Another B&B just across the road in the same neighbourhood.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Haus Nicole" alt="" address="Loisachstr. 33"
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* <sleep name="Haus Nicole" alt="" address="Loisachstr. 33" directions="" phone="+49 08821/58219" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€23-€38 per person." url="">B&B right next to the Loisach River.</sleep>
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phone="+49 08821/58219" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout=""
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price="€23-€38 per person." url=""> B&B right next to the Loisach River.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Haus Hohenzollern" alt="" address="Alpspitzstr. 6"
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phone="+49 08821/9669080" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout=""
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price="€32-€35 per person." url=""> A small hotel a block away from Marienplatz (center of town).</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Haus Hohenzollern" alt="" address="Alpspitzstr. 6" directions="" phone="+49 08821/9669080" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€32-€35 per person." url="">A small hotel a block away from Marienplatz (center of town).</sleep>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
  
* <sleep name="Boarlehof" alt="" address="Brauhausstr. 9" directions="" phone="+49 08821/95910" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€34-€77 per apartment per night." lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Rooms for 2,4 and 6 people in various apartments.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Boarlehof" alt="" address="Brauhausstr. 9" directions="" phone="+49 08821/95910" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€34-€77 per apartment per night." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Rooms for 2,4 and 6 people in various apartments.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hotel Brunnthaler" alt="" address="Klammstr. 31"
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* <sleep name="Hotel Brunnthaler" alt="" address="Klammstr. 31" directions="" phone="+49 08821/58066" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€40-€59 per person." url="">A hotel garni between the pedestrian area and the public pool.</sleep>
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price="€40-€59 per person." url=""> A hotel garni between the pedestrian area and the public pool.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Garmischer Hof" alt="" address="Chamonixstr. 10"
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* <sleep name="Hotel Garmischer Hof" alt="" address="Chamonixstr. 10" directions="" phone="+49 08821/911-0" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€45-€70 per person." url="">Centrally located between the train station and the pedestrian area.</sleep>
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price="€45-€70 per person." url=""> Centrally located between the train station and the pedestrian area.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel & Gasthof Schatten" alt="" address="Sonnenbergstr. 10-12"
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* <sleep name="Hotel & Gasthof Schatten" alt="" address="Sonnenbergstr. 10-12" directions="" phone="+49 08821/943089-0" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout=""
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price="€42-€65 per person." url=""> Two years old with Bavarian restaurant on the ground floor.</sleep>
 
price="€42-€65 per person." url=""> Two years old with Bavarian restaurant on the ground floor.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Post-Hotel Partenkirchen" alt="" address="Ludwigstr. 49"
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* <sleep name="Post-Hotel Partenkirchen" alt="" address="Ludwigstr. 49" directions="" phone="+49 08821/9363 0" email="info@post-hotel.de" fax="+49 08821/9363 2222" checkin="" checkout="" price="€51-€81 per single room, €71-€153 per double room." url="http://www.post-hotel.de/">A historic, beautifully decorated hotel in the Partenkirchen district of the city.</sleep>
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phone="+49 08821/9363 0" email="info@post-hotel.de" fax="+49 08821/9363 2222" checkin="" checkout=""
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* <sleep name="Wittelsbacherhof Swiss Quality Hotel" alt="" address="Von Brugstrasse 24, D-82467" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" 267="267" 87="87" email="info@wittelsbacher-hof.com" fax="+49 (0)8821 573 12">Four star hotel situated 300m away from the railway station, 200m from the city center and 140km from the airport Munich. Single room from €70, double room from €110 (low season of April 2009).</sleep>
price="€51-€81 per single room, €71-€153 per double room." url="http://www.post-hotel.de/"> A historic, beautifully decorated hotel in the Partenkirchen district of the city.</sleep>
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===Other===
 
===Other===
  
* <sleep name="Edelweiss Lodge and Resort" alt="" address="St. Martin Strasse 120"
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* <sleep name="Edelweiss Lodge and Resort" alt="" address="St. Martin Strasse 120" directions="" phone="+49 08821-9440" url="http://www.edelweisslodgeandresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> A large resort at the base of the Zugspitze exclusively for members of the United States military and associated government officials.</sleep>
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price="" url="http://www.edelweisslodgeandresort.com/"> A large resort at the base of the Zugspitze exclusively for members of the United States military and associated government officials. </sleep>
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
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Revision as of 08:48, 19 August 2012

The Zugspitze is the highest point in Germany.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen [1] is in Bavaria.

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Understand

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.

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.

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 express.

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 Fussen [King Ludwig's castles] and Innsbruck along some of the most spectacular mountain drives you will ever see.

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(trainstation) 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 cogwheel train (Zugspitzbahn). The cogwheel train 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

See

Partnachklamm

The river Partnach 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 end 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 opened all times, before or after opening hours it is free (at your own risk). 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.

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 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.

Außerfernbahn

It is a romantic train ride between Garmisch and Kempten (via Reutte in Austria) through picturesque Alpine valleys and cute towns. The Neuschwanstein Castle, at Füssen, is also along this stretch. Bayern Ticket covers this route. Lindau, at Lake Constance (Bodensee), is around 1:15 hours from Kempten by regional trains.

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Alpine Sports

Garmisch-Partenkirchen boasts some of the best skiing in Germany. Located at the base of the country's tallest mountain, year round glacial snow is guaranteed. The "Happy Ski Pass" can be purchased for use of four ski areas in that area in both Austria and Germany: Seefeld(Seefeld is currently(2012) off the list - but this seems to change from season to season so best to check), Mittenwald, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the region "Tiroler Zugspitz Arena". The pass starts at 88 € and offers 3 to 21 days of skiing, 4 of 6 days and 5 of 10. More information can be found on their website: [2]

Eat

  • Isi's Goldener Engel, Bankgasse 5. In Garmisch itself there is a wonderful restaurant with good bavarian food (very nice price-quality relationship - a dinner for 3 persons including beer will cost nearly €50) and friendly staff
  • Bei Marcus, Zugspitzstraße 2, +49 (08821) 79 8000. Just up the road a short ways towards Ehrwald is the small town of Grainau where you can find the Zugspitze cafe. This is a wonderful family owned restaurant with the best bavarian food around.
  • RestaurantDOLOMITI, (On post at Artillery Kaserne, campgrounds), 08821 - 7502609. M-F 11AM-2PM, 5PM-11PM, Sa 5PM-11PM. A family restaurant recommended for US military and civilians; the best burgers in town, pizza and pasta, etc., large beergarden, cozy loft upstairs, awesome music, service with a smile. Large groups need to make reservations. You also need to be able to get onto the base now. Since 2008, the customs rules have changed and civillians without a sponsor cannot get on post. (US Dollars or Euros accepted).

Drink

  • Irish Pub, rathaus platz 8., +49-8821-3938. W-Sa 8PM. friendly bilingual waiting staff serves cold Guinness and cold Bavarian lagers to a mixed crowd of locals, ex-pats and tourists. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Beer garden out front in the summer and winter months and 3 big-screen TV's with live coverage of any major sports event.
  • Schwarze Gams, Rathausplatz 9 (near Marienplatz), +49-8821-4651. Located in the center of town is this underground venue. Augustiner Bier on tab or from the bottle.
  • Peaches Cocktailbar and Music Cafe, Marienplatz 17, +49-8821-95-77-0, [3]. Bar: 7PM-3AM, Pizzeria: Su-Th 6PM-12AM, F-Sa 6PM-1AM, Music Cafe: Th-Sa 10PM. Three venues in one, a lively bar (Peaches), Italian restaurant (Pizzeria), and dance club (Music Cafe) inhabit a building at the head of the Marienplatz in the heart of Garmisch. On Mondays the restaurant offers every pizza half-off, Tuesdays are "American Pay Day" where $1 U.S. equals 1 Euro, and on Thursdays the Music Cafe dance club serves up two-for-one cocktails all night long. They also have a casino downstairs.
  • The Local Cure Bar, Zugspitzstraße 70, +49-08821-512-82. The English-speaking waiting staff make this a favorite amongst local ex-pats and American and British tourists.
  • Creation Fromage, Alpspitzstrasse 4, 015209553744. 09:30-18:30. A small Fromagerie (cheese shop) offering the best in regional/Alpine Cheeses, Stilton,Cheddar, Brie de Meaux, amongst ca. 80 varieties. The friendly staff is competent & helpful. French wines, foodstuffs, and small bakery items are also offered. The Croissants, Baguette, and Pain Au Chocolat are the best in town. English speakers always welcome! Medium.

Sleep

Garmisch-Partenkirchen has big variety of lodging. If you want to camp, stay at the Youth hostel, a bed and breakfast or a 4 star hotel, you can find it all. The tourist information Am Kurpark is open 7 days a week and can help you find a room.


  • Fereinwohnung (Holiday Apartments), Varies, [4]. Fereinwohnung's are holiday apartments available for rent which include furniture and generall full kitchens. Perfect for 2+ people who are staying several days or even longer. You can often find single floors of a house unit, or entire houses for rent. The link I've provided is only one of many rental groups in the area. 30 - 150.

Budget

  • Naturfreundehaus, Schalmeiweg 21, +49 8821-4322.
  • Jugendherberge Burgrain (DJH), Jochstr. 10, +49 0 88 21/9 67 05-0 (, fax: 0 88 21/9 67 05-27), [5]. Very college dorm-like youth hostel located at the outskirts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Affiliated with Die Jugendherberge (DJH) and Hosteling International (HI), so it's cheaper with an HI card. Breakfast provided. €20-€30 person..

Mid-range

  • Haus Hohe Tannen, Zoeppritzstr. 13, +49 08821/54647. A B&B in a quiet neighbourhood only a 5 minute walk from the center. €28-€41 person..
  • Haus Maria, Zoeppritzstr. 20, +49 08821/9434430. Another B&B just across the road in the same neighbourhood. €31-€38 per person..
  • Haus Nicole, Loisachstr. 33, +49 08821/58219. B&B right next to the Loisach River. €23-€38 per person..
  • Haus Hohenzollern, Alpspitzstr. 6, +49 08821/9669080. A small hotel a block away from Marienplatz (center of town). €32-€35 per person..

Splurge

  • Boarlehof, Brauhausstr. 9, +49 08821/95910. Rooms for 2,4 and 6 people in various apartments. €34-€77 per apartment per night..
  • Hotel Brunnthaler, Klammstr. 31, +49 08821/58066. A hotel garni between the pedestrian area and the public pool. €40-€59 per person..
  • Hotel Garmischer Hof, Chamonixstr. 10, +49 08821/911-0. Centrally located between the train station and the pedestrian area. €45-€70 per person..
  • Hotel & Gasthof Schatten, Sonnenbergstr. 10-12, +49 08821/943089-0. Two years old with Bavarian restaurant on the ground floor. €42-€65 per person..
  • Post-Hotel Partenkirchen, Ludwigstr. 49, +49 08821/9363 0 (, fax: +49 08821/9363 2222), [6]. A historic, beautifully decorated hotel in the Partenkirchen district of the city. €51-€81 per single room, €71-€153 per double room..
  • Wittelsbacherhof Swiss Quality Hotel, Von Brugstrasse 24, D-82467, (, fax: +49 (0)8821 573 12). Four star hotel situated 300m away from the railway station, 200m from the city center and 140km from the airport Munich. Single room from €70, double room from €110 (low season of April 2009).

Other

  • Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, St. Martin Strasse 120, +49 08821-9440, [7]. A large resort at the base of the Zugspitze exclusively for members of the United States military and associated government officials.

Get out

  • Füssen — the amazing Neuschwanstein Castle which seems to come right from a fairy tale




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