Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a mountain resort town in Bavaria, beautiful located at the base of Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze (2961 m). The city consists of of the two towns: Garmisch (in the west) and Partenkirchen (in the east) which still maintain quite separate identities. The towns remained separate until were forced by Adolf Hitler to combine the two market towns in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympic games.
Garmisch is located idyllically on the banks of the 114-kilometer-long River Loisach. The main attractions are picturesque old houses particularly in lovely Frühlingstrasse. Other tourist attractions are the New Parish Church, St. Martin's, built in 1733 and boasting a rich Baroque interior, and the 15th-century Old Parish Church (Alte Pfarrkirche) with its Gothic wall paintings. Partenkirchen, lies between the river Partnach and the Wank mountains. Highlights include the handsome Town Hall (Rathaus) from 1935, and the pilgrimage church of St. Anton, dating from 1704, with superb ceiling paintings. It also offers splendid views of the surrounding alpine area, with its panorama of the Zugspitze massif to the south.
Linked to: Road to the top of Germany, Eibsee, Lake Eibsee in Bavaria