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.
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(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. 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) 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
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.
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
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: 
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:
Isi's Goldener Engel - Bankgasse, 5.
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.
Address: Zugspitzstraße 2
Tel. +49 (08821) 79 8000
FOR US-Military and Civilians RestaurantDOLOMITI Family Restaurant on post at Artillery Kaserne, campgrounds 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, can pay in Euro, $-Dollars or Credit Card, mon-fri 11-14h,17-23h & Sat 17-23h, Sun closed Tel. 08821 - 7502609,
Irish Pub 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
Address: Rathausplatz 9
Schwarze Gams located in the center of town this underground venue is open wednesday - saturday from 8pm till the early morning hours. Augustiner Bier on tab or from the bottle.
Address: Bankgasse 5 (near Marienplatz)
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.
Address: Marienplatz 17, 82467 Garmisch
Tel: +49 8821 - 95 77 0
Peaches: daily from 19:00 to 3:00
Pizzeria: Sunday through Thursday 18:00 to 24:00; Friday and Saturday 18:00 to 1:00
Music Cafe: Thursday through Saturday 22:00 until the last person leaves
The Local Cure Bar
The English-speaking waiting staff make this a favorite amongst local ex-pats and American and British tourists.
Address: Zugspitzstraße 70
Tel. +49 (08821) 512 82
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.
- Naturfreundehaus, Schalmeiweg 21, ☎ +49 8821-4322.
- Jugendherberge Burgrain (DJH), Jochstr. 10, ☎ +49 0 88 21/9 67 05-0 ([email protected], fax: 0 88 21/9 67 05-27), . 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..
- 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..
- 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 ([email protected], fax: +49 08821/9363 2222), . A historic, beautifully decorated hotel in the Partenkirchen district of the city. €51-€81 per single room, €71-€153 per double room..
- Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, St. Martin Strasse 120, ☎ +49 08821-9440, . A large resort at the base of the Zugspitze exclusively for members of the United States military and associated government officials.