Garmisch-Partenkirchen attracts thousands of visitors each year, and not all of them are here just for the sake of skiing. Apart from skiing, the resort offers a variety of other attractions and activities to enjoy. The town has a beautiful architecture with colorful buildings and huts. Tourists looking for something more than skiing, have a lot of choices. Here is an overview of things you can do on days you don’t feel like hitting the snow.
The Olympic Ski Stadium
A significant tourist activity in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is to plan a visit to the famous Olympic Ski Stadium located in Gudiberg. The stadium was created to host the 1936 Winter Olympics, and the stadium and its ski-jumps are still used for many international and local sporting events.
The arena is open for public skating. Skating in the stadium is a favorite activity for children. The stadium offers skating lesson to everyone. Visitors enjoy touring around the stadium and enjoy any sporting event. Olympic Ski stadium has a curling rink, and tourists enjoy watching traditionally choreographed dance routines and fast skating. Tourists can visit the stadium themselves or take a guided tour for a more extensive tour of the stadium.
A Visit to Zugspitze Germany’s highest Peak
Zugspitze is Germany’s highest peak; it makes it one of the most visited places in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The summit is 2,962 meters tall that makes Germany’s highest mountain. The site is accessible in both winter and summer, but winter makes this a must-visit destination for everyone. Skiers and non-skiers enjoy the beauty and splendor of this majestic mountain. The summit is accessible by a cable car for exploring the caves and glaciers.
The Partnach and Höllentalklamm Gorge
The Partnach Gorge in Partnachklamm is a rocky gorge near the Partnach River. The gorge is 702 meters long and 80 meters deep. The Gorge is particularly wonderful to explore in winter. In winter, the ravine is filled with the guise of massive ice formation clinging to the cliffs. Höllentalklamm is another popular destination among tourists. This gorge has some excellent trails that take hikers around the summit of the canyon about 1,045 meters. The track is challenging in winter, but that’s what makes it a good hike in winter. A guided tour is always better to avoid getting lost on the trails. Hotels usually offer guided tours, but local guides who are expert mountaineers provide their services as well.
The Kings House on the Schachen
For those interested in history and castles, a visit to the King’s house on Schachen is a favorite activity among tourists. The tour to the castle is only available as a guided tour. Hotels usually include a visit of the manor in their guest itinerary.
Getting to the King’s House of Schahen is accessible only by foot or a bicycle, and in winter, the long hike could take about 8 hours for completing the uphill and downhill return. The tour timings change according to the season.
A visit to this historical museum is another favorite among tourists. The tiny museum located on Ludwigstrasse was established in 1895. The building of the museum is former residence of the 17thcentury merchant. Werdenfels Museum has a collection of different local artifacts that show the history and background of this beautiful town and its people.
There are artifacts and sculptures from pre-Roman Era depicting the significance of this small community as a significant part of Roman supply route that leads to Vienna and Austria. The ticket is quietly affordable at 1 euro per entry that makes it a favorite spot for tourists.
Eibsee Lake in Grainau Village
Grainau Village is a beautiful little village located at the foot of Waxenstein. A small hike away is the Eibsee Lake that gives picture perfect view of the Zugspitze peak, Riffel and Waxenstein. The winter makes this village a must visit place for children and families.
The Grainau village has an easy tobogganing hill that children immensely enjoy. There are hotels and tour packages that provide toboggans free of charge. While the children are busy in tobogganing, the adults can take winter hike into the full trail that is over 150 km long. The flat trail makes for an easy hike, especially in winters. There horse-drawn sleds in Grainau village, a common activity for children and couples to enjoy the beautiful Alpine landscape. Make sure to have a guided tour as many hotels and private guides offer different prices with activities.
With so much to do for everyone in your crew, Garmisch truly delivers a wonderful experience for all its guests.