The town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen - 708 meters above sea level and 26,500 inhabitants - is located in the south of Bavaria almost on the border with Austria. Founded in 1935 by the union of the two towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen, it hosted the Winter Olympics (1936) and the Alpine Ski World Cup (1978 and 2011), making it the most famous ski resort in Germany and among the most renowned in Europe .
A visit to this beautiful alpine center is not exclusive to ski and snow lovers: even in spring and summer a visit is spot on for the clean air and the landscape, truly enchanting!
Do not miss the impressive Partnach gorge (Partnachklamm), which can be reached after a walk of about 20 minutes starting from the Olympic Stadium.
The town, which has always stood out for its social life, also houses some valuable monuments: the "old" church of St. Martin in Gothic style with ancient stained glass and frescoes depicting the Passion of Christ (XV century), the homonymous church "new" built between 1730 and 1734 by the architect Joseph Schmuzer and, just outside the center, the sanctuary of St. Anton in Baroque style (1704-1739).
To be covered the main streets of the center characterized by a rich series of frescoed houses with religious and agricultural themes, decorated with flowers on the balconies (especially geraniums): in particular the Hauptstraße, the Bahnhofstraße and the Ludwigstraße.
In the latter, which runs through the heart of the city, was the old inn of the Post - today Atlas Grand Hotel, Ludwigstraße 49 - where King Ludwig II used to stop and rest the horses before embarking on the long climb to his chalet of Schachen at 1,866 meters of height.
In addition to the numerous events and competitions in the sport that take place mainly in the famous trampoline, redone in 2007, and in the nearby Olympic Stadium, which has retained its original structure in 1936, Garmisch is known for the annual music festival dedicated to the composer and conductor Richard Strauss, who died here in 1949.
Garmisch in numbers
Height: 708 m
Highest ski lift: 2.950 m
Kilometers of slopes: 108.7 km
Longest downhill slope: 5 km
Winter trails: 100 km
Cross-country trails: 30 km
Summer trails: 300 km