Monday, October 6, 2008

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

photo by: Euroangel
in front of the Congress house in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

I visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen twice already. The first time was in November 2005 and the secon time was in August 2006. This place is where the tallest mountain of Germany is located the Zugspitze whihc is 2,962 meters high. The place is also known for its winter sport.

a Brunnen or Fountain in this city


Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a market town in Bavaria, southern Germany. It is the administrative centre of the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region, not far from the border with Austria.


The 1100-year-old towns themselves (Partenkirchen's roots go back to Roman times) were separate communities until the mayors of Garmisch and Partenkirchen were forced by Adolf Hitler to combine the two in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympic games. The towns remain united and are casually known as Garmisch much to the dismay of the residents of Partenkirchen. Most visitors will notice the slightly more progressive feel of Garmisch while the fresco-filled, cobblestoned streets of Partenkirchen offer a glimpse into times past. Early mornings and late afternoons in pleasant weather often find local traffic stopped while the dairy cows are herded to and from the nearby mountain meadows.


The town is served by the A95 Autobahn (motorway), and has railway connections to Munich, Innsbruck, Reutte and to the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany (2,962 m high). The views of the majestic peak from the town are especially spectacular and several accessible hiking trails cover both the lower and higher elevations.



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