Garmisch Partenkirchen Travel Blog› entry 6 of 6 › view all entries
October 18th, 2009 – by: travelstar9
You will be overwhelmed by the mountains, nature and the breathtaking panorama. The local people will win you over with their warmth.kindness, openness and honesty. And finally, you’ll take unforgettable moments, memories and experiences with you. In nature. Playing sports. Or just relaxing, unwind and enjoy
Walk along the nature and stroll down the alleyways; with every step you’ll discover a little more of the variety the area has to offer: historical sights, interesting excursions, art and culture and exciting events.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen has a lot to offer:
- Germany’s no.1 location for winter sports
- Spa-health resort of the highest class
- Historic town centres
- World’s most modern ski jump
- Partnach Gorge " a unique natural phenomenon
- Zugspitze " Germany’s highest mountain
- Member of “Best of the Alps”
- Venue for the Alpine World Ski Championships 2011
- Winter Olympics candidate for 2018
You are standing on top of Mount Zugspitze, at the golden summit crucifix, at a height of nearly 3000 metres.
Mount Zugspitze (2962 m above sea level) is a part of the Wetterstein Mountain Range in the northern limestone Alps. Here, the German and Austrian mountains are joined and two of the German glaciers, Schneeferner and Höllentalferner, are here as well.
Olympic Ski Jump
The first Olympic Ski Jump at Mount Gudiberg was built in 1923, in spite of the fact that the decision to hold the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was not yet made at that time. The mountain’s steep slopes were not sufficient for the ramp and, therefore, it was necessary to build an artificial start tower that was 43 metres in height and 5 metres in width.
Over the years, the jump was modernised repeatedly. In 2007, it was replaced by a completely new building with a 100-metre long start tower. When you have reached the top, you will be 62 metres above the ground, free-floating. Thus, the construction was given the nickname “Olympic Cantilever”. Thanks to its translucent coating, the new jump blends perfectly into the surrounding snow-covered landscape in the wintertime. In the evenings, the start tower is inwardly lit, and thus becomes a fascinating light sculpture.
is much to discover in historic Garmisch. Walk along Frühlingsstraße and the nearby alleys and listen to the histories told by the famous “Lüftl” paintings on the houses’ facades, in which you will understand them even if you do not know Bavarian.
Times long gone become alive again when you have a closer look at the traditional houses of the Werdenfels region with their richly decorated balconies as well as when you view the Biedermeier style frescoes at the Gasthof (inn). The Bavarians have a long history of decorating the exteriors of their houses and businesses with both religious and historic paintings. The structure of the homes are also amazing. Go at the right time of the year and you can enjoy the beautiful flowers trellising down off the picturesque balconies.
Where the Partnach River surges spectacularly through a narrow, mile-long gap between high limestone cliffs.
Garmisch is less than an hour by car from Munich.
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