Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a market town in Bavaria, southern Germany. Originally two separate towns that were merged for the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. It is the administrative centre of the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region, not far from the border with Austria. Is is a very beautiful, breath taking town with mountains. The town and surrounding area is popular as both a winter and summer playground.
The population of nearly 27,000 can double at weekends and peak periods, with accommodation at a premium and thousands of daytrippers arriving from all over, in fact anywhere with a few hours drive.
Garmisch is particularly popular because of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany (2,962 m or 9,717 ft). The views of the majestic peak from the town are especially spectacular and several accessible hiking trails cover both the lower and higher elevations. There is also a train and 3 cable cars providing a less strenuous route to the summit.
Highly popular among American visitors, in particular military, is the Edelweiss Lodge, one of the destinations in the Bavarian Alps and Germany's premiere winter and summer sports center, situated in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the whole area is an idyllic location nestled at the bottom of sweeping Alpine vistas.
There is a very reasonable overnight stay tax named Kurtaxe, which entitles you to free bus travel within the town, complimentary admission to numerous attractions, discounts and even accident insurance for the period of your stay!
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