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.
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.
'''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,
30€ per trip or you can buy a weekly or monthly pass.The blue line (Eibseebus) connects Garmisch every hour with Grainau and the Eibsee.
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.
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.
===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.
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.
More information can be found on their website: [http://www.garmisch-partenkirchen.de/portal/cmslink.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zugspitze.de]
* <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>
* <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.</eat>
* <drink name="Irish Pub" alt="" address="
Bankgasse 5" directions="" phone="+49-8821-3938" url="" hours="W-Sa 8PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> 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. Beer garden out front in the summer months and 3 big-screen 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 known as plastic paddys instead of Irish Pub. Best avoided.watched the dublin kildare game.great craic dont know what your on about.</drink>
* <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>
* <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, and on Thursdays the Music Cafe dance club serves up two-for-one cocktails all night long.</drink>
* <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>
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.
* <sleep name="Edelweiss Lodge and Resort" alt="" address="St. Martin Strasse 120" directions="" phone="+49 08821-9440"
email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" 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>