Altitude: 709 Meters

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in short

  • Guaranteed snow thanks to glacier
  • Easy to reach by car from Munich and Innsbruck
  • Near Ehrwald, a large cross-country ski area

Garmisch-Partenkirchen gained international renown when it hosted the Winter Olympic Games back in 1936. Nowadays, the ski resort is an annual host of the Four Hills ski jumping tournament every New Year's. The two towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen were joined in the 1930's and now present a beautiful urban centre with theatres, concert halls, cinemas and a casino. Garmisch-Partenkirchen has always been a health retreat, and the region holds conferences on a regular basis. This is an excellent destination if you're looking to combine a city trip with a ski holiday. Ski holidays in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are packed with activities for the whole family.

The city offers a different vibe depending on what you're looking for. Garmisch is a modern and cosmopolitan district, whereas Partenkirchen offers a rustic Bavarian getaway. The lively mountain city has four ski areas in the vicinity. Here you can ski on the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze, located 2962m above sea level. Garmisch-Partenkirchen itself has direct access to two large and varied ski areas with around 60km of ski slopes and a large snow park. In the Garmisch-Classic ski area you will find long, wide and challenging tree-lined pistes through the woods. If snow cover is wanting, head to the Zugspitze ski area, a wonderful ski area with excellent snow conditions thanks to the glacier.

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Skiing at Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski area has more than 60km of slopes for skiers and snowboarders of every ability level. The ski season tends to be long, from November until May, and the pistes of the Garmisch Classic are easily accessible as they are located right above the village. Aside from the Hausberg, Kreuzeck and Alpspitze ski areas, there is also glacier skiing on the Zugspitze where you will always find guaranteed snow! Expert skiers visiting Garmisch-Partenkirchen can't miss the chance to try their skills on the legendary Kandahar World Cup piste, which has a maximum gradient of 92% and boasts nearly a kilometre of vertical drop.

Cross-country skiing and winter hiking

The area around Garmisch-Partenkirchen has 28km of trails for cross-country skiing. Every Wednesday, the resort offers the chance to get acquainted with the biathlon under the guidance of a professional. If you prefer a more relaxed approach to the winter landscapes, why not explore the 110km of hiking trails? From a short walk around the town to a challenging multi-kilometre trail, you have plenty of choice for winter hiking in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Again, every Wednesday you can take to the trails with a guide, to get the most out of your winter sports holiday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Retracing the footsteps of Olympic heroes

A trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen isn't complete without spending some time exploring the city. Garmisch hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics and it's worth paying a visit to the Olympic facilities. The ski jump was upgraded in 2007 and the new jump is used every year for the New Year's jump as part of the Four Hills ski jumping tournament. In the village you can also visit the Garmisch Olympia Stadium where the ice hockey and figure skating events were held. A non-skiing activity that even non-Olympians can enjoy in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is tobogganing on the 5km-long Hausberg toboggan run, which is lit for night tobogganing on Wednesdays and Fridays.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Restaurants 78 Theatre
Bars & cafes 35 Casino
Nightclubs & discos 4 Concert hall
Cinema 1  

 Ski school and ski lessons Garmisch-Partenkirchen

No. of ski schools 9Private ski lessons Yes, price on request
No. of ski instructors 200Ski lessons5 Days, 15 Hours, € 105
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessonsYes, price on request
Ski lessons in Cross-country skiingYes, price on request

 Facilities Garmisch-Partenkirchen

No. of hotels 28 Supermarkets 12
Total no. of hotel beds 3569 Banks
Total no. of beds 11429

 Tourist information for Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Tourist Information Garmisch-Partenkirchen
0049 - 08821 - 180700

 Distances from Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Railway station
- by bus
München approx. 120 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 18 km 15 minuten by car

 Garmisch-Partenkirchen for families and children

Childcare - Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children

  Leisure & sports activities Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Public saunaFootpaths 110 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descent -
Public solarium Indoor ice rink
Massage Outdoor ice rink
Spa & wellness Curling
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding -
Paragliding Snowmobile tours -
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court

Ski blog about Garmisch-Partenkirchen

1 March 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

The Olympics made it look easy, skiers and snowboarders effortlessly whizzing down insanely steep slopes and beating each other by a matter of seconds. If you’ve ever tried tackling a real World Cup piste, you might have found out it’s not quite as simple as it looks. Thirsting to push your limits and follow in the tracks of the world’s greatest athletes? Here are 7 notorious World Cup pistes where you can show your friends and family what you’re made of. You might not master quite the same ... More ›

31 July 2017 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

It’s sport like no other, a sport that fills you with a rush of adrenaline as you sail down the side of a mountain in a whirl of white powder. Skiing has come a long way since its origins as a convenient mode of transport, and the Alps has almost always been at the forefront. Responsible for popularizing the sport and then making it accessible to the middle class, the Alps have overseen the rise of skiing from a rich person’s holiday novelty to one of Europe’s favourite pastimes. Today, horde... More ›

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Garmisch Partenkirchen

Garmisch Partenkirchen
Total slopes 64 (km)
Blue slopes 19 km
Red slopes 34 km
Black slopes 11 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (27 )
Drag lifts 14
Chair lifts 6
Gondola lifts 7
Train 1
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