A Magical German Town - Garmisch Partenkirchen | Most beautiful region in Germany

Updated: May 28, 2020

Let's explore the Bavarian beauty

Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany
Garmisch Partenkirchen

Bavaria has the most bank holidays in Germany. You can explore the Bavarian beauty by doing one-day trips within affordable prices from DB.

How to Reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen:

The best way to explore Bavaria is with Train using Bayern ticket. The ticket costs 26 per person. The maximum 5 people can use the group Bayern ticket. If you are traveling with a bunch of 5 friends, the ticket costs 11.5 per person and you can use all public transport except ICE and IC in Bavaria. Check on their website for details.

Grainau in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
Grainau in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany

Explore Garmisch Partenkirchen:

In previous summer, we made a plan for a one day trip to Garmisch Partenkirchen. As we were traveling from Munich, there's a direct train of around 1.5 hours from Munich Central station.

Garmisch Partenkirchen is famous for its Skiing spot and neighboring valleys are considered to be best for tracking and hiking and lies near famous Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.

Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany
Exploring Garmisch Partenkirchen

Garmisch and Partenkirchen were two different towns since 1935, when Hitler combine two towns to participate in the Winter Olympics games in 1936.

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Garmisch Old town:

Garmisch is located on the West of Railway station and Partenkirchen is located on the east of the station.

Garmisch in Bavaria, Germany
Garmisch Old town

Garmisch is famous for its liveliness. It has a famous street called Marienplatz which is always crowded with tourists.

It has different shopping brands, souvenir shops and small street side cafés and restaurants with painting on the walls.

Old Town, Garmisch in Germany
Old Town, Garmisch

The town is around 15-20 minutes from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Train station. You can either walk from central station or take bus number 1 or 2 to Garmisch old town.

Mohrenplatz Garmisch Old town in Germany
Mohrenplatz Garmisch Old town

From Garmisch Partenkirchen train station, you can also take a direct bus to Ski Stadion to enjoy one of the best skiing experiences in Bavaria.

Garmisch, Partenkirchen
On the way to Ski Stadion


Partenkirchen has a unique Roman history with famous cobblestone old town and street known as Ludwigstrasse and it brings real Bavarian vibes. This town was used by Romans for the trade between Venice and Augsburg.

The old town is on a walk of 20 minutes from Train Station by walk but you can also take a direct bus number 1 or 2 direct to the old city but in opposite direction to Marienplatz Garmisch.

Souvenir Shop in Garmisch Partenkirchen
Souvenir Shop in Garmisch Partenkirchen

The old town has a variety of Restaurants offering traditional Bavarian food. We were totally amazed to see the picturesque buildings and get the real feel of the Bavarian town.

Restaurants and cafes in Garmisch Partenkirchen
Garmisch Partenkirchen

The famous church Maria Himmelfahrt church and Sebastian Kircherl church are also located in the middle of the old town center. We would also suggest visiting Mercure hotel to have their amazing Cappuccino with cozy environment.

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Maria Himmelfahrt Partenkirchen

Partnach Gorge:

After visiting the both old town, we had walked on the trail along Partnachklamm River called Partnach Gorge. It’s one of the most mesmerizing tracks full with natural beauty.


To climb up the mountain, you can also take GraseckBahn costing 5 for one way to the top.

Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany
Exploring Bavaria

To enjoy the best Panoramic from the high mountain, we would highly suggest to spend some time in Das Graseck Panorama restaurant. They also have their luxurious Graseck hotel & Spa for night stay.

Gedentafel Memorial:

We further proceeded towards the track leading to Gedentafel means Memorial of Plaque for the people died by Plaque. You can also see the beautiful mountain with the top covered with snow.

Gedentafel Memorial in Garmisch Partenkirchen
Gedentafel Memorial

Ride to Zugspitze:

On the back side of Garmisch Partenkirchen central station, there is a special Train operation on the route to Zugspitze. Zugspitze is the highest mountain of Germany 2963 m height.

The ticket cost 58 including train plus cable car ride to the top of the mountain. The train is also passing from different surrounding stations. The train is free until station called Grainau if you have Bayern ticket.

Grainau, Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany
Grainau, Garmisch Partenkirchen in Germany

You just need to show the ticket on the ticket counter that’s on the back side of the central station and you can get the free return ticket. Incase, if you are not traveling with Bayern ticket then it cost around 6 to 9.

Zugspitzbahn Station in Garmisch Partenkirchen
Zugspitzbahn Station

Explore Grainau:

As we were traveling with Bayern ticket, so we went to Grainau free of cost. The Grainau lies on the foothills of Zugspitze and it’s surrounded by forest.

St. Johannes der Taufer is one of the most beautiful chapels with cemetery on its front steps and backyard.

St. Johannes der Taufer, Grainau, Germany
St. Johannes der Taufer, Grainau

The town has a tracking trail along with small water streams. We had hiked around 4 KM on the track and reach to the valley to see the amazing view of the mountains and towns.

We would highly recommend having a short stop at traditional Bavarian restaurant on the way.

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Grainau, Garmisch Partenkirchen