Thursday, April 21, 2016

So you're visiting Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

I've been getting a lot of questions asking about things to do while visiting Garmisch-Partenkirchen. As I've mentioned before, it is one of my favorite places in Germany! I've had the pleasure of visiting 6 times, and even then I haven't seen everything this adorable city has to offer.

Here's a list of must see's while visiting Southern Bavaria to make your trip memorable.

+ Partnach Gorge & Olympic Stadium

You get two for the price of one. The Olympic Stadium jump was built in 1923, to hosted the Winter Olympics in 1936. To get to the Partnach Gorge, you can literally walk through the Olympic Stadium and check things out for free!
From the Olympic Stadium, it is about a 20-25 minute walk to the Gorge. It cost 4€ to enter, this attraction is open all year round, unless there is ice making the pathways slippery. Perfect for kids and adults of all ages.

+ Lake Eibsee & Zugsptize

Want to see Germany's highest Point? Or be able to say you've been in the Alps? Or just a place where you can just take in the beautiful natural views? Lake Eibsee and the Zugsptize can do that for you. Before take a cable cart or train up to the Zugspitze. Spend some time around Lake Eibsee, let the kids blow off some steam running around, rent a paddle boat and go to the center of the lake.
From Lake Eibsee you can take a train (1hr) or cable cart (15mins) to the Zugspitze peak. The Zugspitze is open during the summer and winter months. During summer you can actually hike to the "highest point" from the base or during winter you can ski/sled up on the glacier.

*Alternative, the Alpspitz, a cheaper version, give you just as beautiful views for a cheaper price

+ Ski/Snowboard (Winter) | Hike (Summer)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is perfect in the summer and winter months, if you're traveling during the winter and love winter spots, this is the place for you, take your pick at the different ski lifts open during the winter. Or during the summer months, paraglide through the Alps, take a bike ride through the mountains walk the different hiking trails that are scattered throughout the city--even take your chances by climbing up to the Zugspitze.

+ Neuschwanstein Castle & Hohenschwangau Castle

About an hour away is the most famous castle in the World, Neuschwanstein Castle. King Ludwig II built it and Walt Disney himself fell in love with it and designed Cinderella's castle after it. It is the most famous castle in the world for a reason.
Next to Neuschwanstein is the castle Ludwig II grew up in, Hohenschwangau. Both castles are worth a visit. Take your pick, but make sure you take a step back and realize you're literally in the middle of a fairytale.

*When planning your trip make sure you book tickets in advance if you want an inside tour

+ Linderhof Castle

Not as famous as it's sister castle, Neuschwanstein or the "Disney Castle", Linderhof Castle is about 30 minutes away and also built by King Ludwig II. I've been told it was his favorite palace and spent most of his time here. Of the 3 castles he build, Linderhof is the only completed one. Take a stroll through the grounds, and realize why Lugwig II was also called the Swan King.

+ Highline 179 & Ehrenberg Ruins

Halfway between Garmisch and Neuschwanstein the a little town of Reutte, in Austria. The Highline 179 is a pedestrian - suspension bridge over the Fernpassstra├če B 179 south of Reutte, Austria. It extends at an altitude of 114 meters above the castle Ehrenberg and combines the ruins of Ehrenberg with the Fort Claudia. Conquer your fear of heights (like I kind of did) by crossing the "longest pedestrian bridge in tibet style" and finish your day by exploring the ruins of Ehrenberg and enjoying the view that comes along with it.

Other things to do:
+ Ettal Abbey
+ Visit Munich (1hr away)
+ Brewery Tours
+ Alpine Coaster
+ Explore downtown areas

The view from Edelweiss Lodge & Resort

Is there something I've missed? What has been your favorite thing to see while visiting?