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12 Best Things to Do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, is one of those places that people become absolutely obsessed with once they know it exists. However, you’ve likely never heard of it.

Many people overlook Garmisch-Partenkirchen as an outdoor recreational epicenter, instead favoring its Austrian neighbor Innsbruck. However, the twin towns are filled to the brim with unique and interesting things to do.

Part of what makes Garmisch-Partenkirchen so unique is its combined American-German influence. With a United States military installation in the center of Garmisch, it’s an incredibly accessible recreational area for English speakers.

Don’t think Americans’ presence diminishes this hidden gem’s authenticity. It’s quite the opposite.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen has a truly international culture while still brimming with traditional Bavarian culture. It seems contradictory, I know. But it’s part of what makes it so special.

This article will break down the very best things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. By the end of your experience in Garmisch-Partenkirche, you’ll have fallen deeply in love and be itching to return for years to come.

Oh! Don’t forget to secure your travel insurance before heading out on your adventure to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Insurance is especially important if you’re planning on any winter sports.


Things to Do Description
Visit Zugspitze Germany’s highest peak offering hiking, skiing, and panoramic views.
Explore Partnach Gorge Scenic gorge with hiking trails and a waterfall.
Walk around Eibsee Beautiful lake located at the base of Zugspitze.
Skiing at Garmisch-Classic Popular ski resort with various slopes and a scenic view.
Visit Bavarian Alps Mountain range offering hiking, climbing, and nature observation opportunities.

Top Things to Do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

River in Garmisch-Partenkirche, Germany
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Ready? Let’s explore the top things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. These activities will immerse you in a special blend of traditional Bavarian charm and vibrant outdoor mountain life!

1. Ride the Zugspitze Cable Car

Zugspitze Ski Area Ski Lift Zugspitze Ski Area Ski Lift
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Address: Am Eibsee 6, 82491 Grainau, Germany

If you only have time for one activity on your trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a cable car ride up to Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, is a must. The 1,000-meter-long, 10-minute ride on the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG will treat you to amazing views of…

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