In this resort village, experience the best of the Bavarian Alps, from world-class skiing on shimmering glaciers to scenic hiking routes, heritage trails and dense woods.

The village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen lies in the valleys of the Bavarian Alps, beneath the towering Zugspitze peak. Combined in 1935 to host the 1936 Winter Olympics, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is best known as a mountain resort, home of the magnificent Garmisch-Classic Ski Resort. Ski pristine powder and groomed slopes on this internationally acclaimed mountain or visit the resort in summer to experience breathtaking alpine hiking and history.

Visit Garmisch-Partenkirchen in winter to enjoy its exceptional ski areas. With modern cable cars and chairlifts, Garmisch-Classic has a range of slopes for all skill levels, from the blue-graded Kinderland to the dizzying moguls and tree-skiing runs of Kreuzeck. Garmisch-Partenkirchen hosts thrilling international snow-sports events, including downhill ski races, figure skating and hockey. Ride the cogwheel train up the formidable Zugspitze to enjoy stunning views and glacial plateau skiing. See this mountain vista throughout the summer while exploring the rugged alpine landscapes above Garmisch-Partenkirchen and neighboring Grainau.

Visit the town year-round and admire the charming streetscapes. Garmisch has a more modern atmosphere, while Partenkirchen has maintained plenty of traditional alpine Bavarian charisma. Stroll around Partenkirchen to see heritage houses with painted façades. Learn about some of the resort’s more recent history at the Stadion Olympiaschanze Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a relic of intriguing architecture from the 1936 Olympics.

Explore some of Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s glacially chiseled landscapes, such as the awe-inspiring gorges of Partnachklamm and Höllentalklamm. Stroll around beautiful Eibsee for views of the colossal Zugspitze.

Check out traditional Bavarian beer gardens and restaurants. Sample a cold Bavarian lager and select from a variety of quality meats, cheeses and breads. Find a range of accommodations, from camping sites to traditional inns and ferienwohnungen (vacation rentals).

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located in the Bavarian Alps, 56 miles (90 kilometers) southwest of Munich. Reach the resort within 1.5 hours from Munich on public transportation. Nearby, visit the pretty vacation resort of Seefeld in Tyrol, Austria, and the castles of Ludwig II, including the fairy tale-like Neuschwanstein Castle.

Top hotels in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dorint Sporthotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Dorint Sporthotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Mittenwalder Strasse 59, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, BY
£120
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec

This family-friendly Garmisch-Partenkirchen hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Olympic Hill and Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Resort. Ludwig Street and Richard Strauss ...

4.2/5Very Good! (503 reviews)

"The Dorint Sporthotel is an interesting place. The rooms are in different blocks, all connected by underground walkways as well as surface paths. They are of a good size with large seating area for 6 plus around a table. There is a kitchenette available but we didn’t select it. There was a kettle ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2019

Dorint Sporthotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Mercure Garmisch Partenkirchen
Mercure Garmisch Partenkirchen
4 out of 5
Mittenwalder Strasse 2, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, BY
£82
per night
28 Nov-29 Nov

This family-friendly Garmisch-Partenkirchen hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ludwig Street and Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Resort. Richard Strauss Institute ...

3.8/5Good! (442 reviews)

"pool was great for small children and centrally located just off main road that we arrived"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2019

Mercure Garmisch Partenkirchen
Staudacherhof
Staudacherhof
4.5 out of 5
Höllentalstraße 48, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
£161
per night
20 Nov-21 Nov

Situated in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Casino Garmisch-Partenkirchen and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (149 reviews)

"Absolutely wonderful place to stay. The customer service was fabulous. The breakfast had a great variety. The room was magnificient! A little away from the train station, but i enjoy walking."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019

Staudacherhof

Popular things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Resort
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Resort

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Ski on the same slopes that put alpine skiing on the Olympic schedule in 1936 at this Bavarian alpine ski resort on the plateau beneath Germany’s highest mountain.

Zugspitze
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Zugspitze

5/5(13 reviews)

Ski and snowboard down powdery slopes, stay in an igloo and experience panoramic views over the Bavarian alps at this resort located on Germany’s highest glacier.

Olympic Hill
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Olympic Hill

4/5(2 reviews)

Catch an event at Olympic Hill and enjoy other activities in Garmisch-Partenkirchen such as skiing.Discover the mountain views and spas in this quaint area.

Top activities in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Day Tour to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (8h, chauffeur, guide)
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Day Tour to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (8h, chauffeur, guide)

£311

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a must-see destination in Bavaria: known for sports like skiing and hiking, wellness and its breathtaking nature, you are welcomed to experience this city’s lovely traditional Bavarian atmosphere.

Royal Castles-Fast track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Palace
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Royal Castles-Fast track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Palace

£49

Step into the pages of a Bavarian storybook as you venture to the fairytale castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Palace. Discover the magic of these royal estates, dreamed up by reclusive King Ludwig II, as you admire the architecture that inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Fast Track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Full-Day Premium Tour
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Fast Track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Full-Day Premium Tour

£126

Enjoy sweeping mountain views and feel like royalty as you journey to the fairytale estates of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof with all the comforts of traveling on a luxury coach. Meander through the alleys of Oberammergau and marvel at woodcarvings and frescoes showing historic Bavarian themes.

Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Tour by train or bus
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Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Tour by train or bus

£45

One of the most photographed buildings in the world, Neuschwanstein Castle towers majestically on a rugged hill, like a fairy tale come to life. Beat the long visitor queues, take a glimpse at the private chambers, and marvel at splendid views while accompanied by an expert guide.

Tyrolean Folk Show
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Tyrolean Folk Show

£26

Celebrate in true Austrian style in a setting reminiscent of a traditional country estate. Dancers and musicians dressed in colorful costumes and the famous lederhosen entertain you with their vivid performances throughout the night.

Skip the line Neuschwanstein Castle & Rothenburg day tour
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Skip the line Neuschwanstein Castle & Rothenburg day tour

£257

Journey into the southwest of Bavaria to see the most iconic palace in Germany and explore one of the country's idyllic medieval towns. This full-day tour shows you the grand Neuschwanstein Castle, perched high on an alpine mountain, and the village of Rothenberg in the highlands above the Tauber.

Reviews of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Verified traveller

17 Oct 2019

Well worth a visit access to Zugspitze region, Bavarian castles, day trips into Tyrol, hiking walking cycling water sports and a whole range of winter sports Something all year round

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Jul 2019

Local swimming pool had slides and wave pool. Changing facilities excellent and it was free with our tourist pass from the hotel.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Jul 2019

Okay as a base for a couple of nights. Very expensive restaurant and not the best quality of food. Service was very slow. Beds were extremely hard and uncomfortable. Enjoyed the pool facilities.