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Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the nation's most popular alpine resort town. It has a breathtaking mountainscape that includes Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze (see photo).
1936 Winter Olympics
Garmisch and Partenkirchen used to be separate villages. They merged to form a larger community in order to convince the 1936 Olympic site selection committee that the town was large enough to have sufficient facilities for the athletes and spectators.
After winning and hosting the 1936 Olympics, Garmisch-Partenkirchen became keenly associated with winter sports. This includes skiing, ski jumping, and bobsledding.
In summer, hiking, bicycling, and mountain climbing become popular pursuits for Garmisch-Partenkirchen visitors.
Many of the town's buildings are decoratively painted in the traditional Bavarian alpine style (sometimes to the point of being a bit tourism-kitschy).
Nearest major city
Munich is only 1.5 hours away by train. This makes Garmisch-Partenkirchen a popular daytrip destination.
Location in Germany