Garmisch-Patenkirchen County is known far beyond Bavaria or Germany for being one of the first choices for sports and recreation. Located at the Alps’ northern periphery, it offers excellent conditions for a relaxing vacation. Especially the diversity of its landscape makes the county a popular destination for vacationers of all ages: High mountain ranges, the foothills of the Alps and Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze (2963m).
Many other summits in the county are also accessable by mountain railways, bringing their magnificent panoramic views within reach of less experienced hikers. Options for tourists include guided tours into the high mountains as well as unhurried hikes through the alpine foothills with their many lakes and untouched bogs.
There is also a broad cultural range: Opera, the Richard Strauss festival, art exhibitions, museums, and concerts on the one hand; but also costume festivals, popular theater, and folkloric evenings. In summer, numerous mountain lakes offer additional swimming opportunities to the many heated indoor and outdoor pools. Cyclists can choose between challenging mountain bike tours and easy-going biking excursions to the valleys of the Isar, Loisach, and Ammer Rivers, or through the lake landscapes and bogs of the northern county.
Just about any other recreational fun activity you can think of is on offer here: Rafting, paragliding, surfing, horse-riding, kayaking, climbing, and more. In winter, guests can not only enjoy Germany’s only glacial skiing region on Zugspitze mountain, but many other Alpine ski-runs for every taste and skill level, from beginners to professionals and lovers of deep powder snow.
But of course, cross-country skiers are also catered for. Well-prepared runs for all levels, but always with a beautiful scenery in the background. Hikers will be delighted by the snow-vacated paths through the snow-covered environment at all altitude levels. All other winter sports are offered as well, such as ice skating, Bavarian curling, ski touring, etc.
Beside the magnificent nature, sights also include the different palaces of fairy tale king Ludwig II in or near the county.
Modern, well-equipped spa hotels take care of all your needs, offering wellness options such as mud baths, or massages.