Attractions in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and environs
An awe-inspiring natural spectacle with plummeting waterfalls, gurgling eddies and racing currents, and rugged rockfaces. An easy circular walk takes you through the 700m-long and 80m-deep gorge – in both winter and summer. An impressive experience!
King’s House on Schachen
High above the Wetterstein mountain range (at 1,866 metres above sea level, to be precise), you’ll find the King’s House on Schachen – the place where King Ludwig II once lingered and dreamed. The view of the opulent chambers of the fairy-tale king are still an awe-inspiring sight today.
At a magnificent 2,962m, Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain. Visitors can look forward to three glaciers, an interactive museum, a unique 360° panorama, fantastic events, and numerous activities out in nature.
Formed more than 3,000 years ago by a rockslide, today Lake Eibsee is considered one of the most beautiful bathing lakes in the Bavarian Alps. In summer, pedal boats, rowing boats, and stand-up paddle boards invite you to enjoy experiences on the crystal-clear water, while in autumn and winter, scenic hiking trails offer awe-inspiring experiences against the backdrop of the Wetterstein mountain range.
Between the heavens and the Höllental Valley, two steel beams form an X projecting out over the almost 1,000m drop. From the impressive viewing platform with glass panels at the end, you not only enjoy views of the valley far below, but also of Zugspitze, Waxenstein, and the mighty north face of Alpspitz.
Panoramic Mount Wank
Mount Wank is Partenkirchen’s local mountain and offers a fantastic view over the entire valley and Zugspitze.
With its brightly decorated houses and facades, the historic Ludwigstraße at the heart of Partenkirchen is one of the region’s real treasures. Numerous little shops and typical Bavarian guesthouses invite you to stroll, admire, and pop inside.
Werdenfels Castle ruins
Located some 80 metres above Loisachtal, the well-preserved ruins of Werdenfels Castle from the 13th century offer interesting insights into the region’s history. If you’d like to follow in the footsteps of lords from days gone by, follow the four-kilometre-long castle educational trail and its display boards.
The Felsen-Kanzel on Kramer is a small viewing platform with stunning views of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the awe-inspiring Wetterstein mountain range. It can be reached on foot via the Kramersteig trail (walking time: approx. 30 minutes).
Bavarian King Ludwig II’s smallest – and favourite – castle was built between 1870 and 1886 in neo-Rococo style and can be admired today during a guided tour. With its extensive gardens, impressive terrace, and fairy-tale residences, it still delights visitors today.
At the foot of Zugspitze, the three Kuhflucht waterfalls create a unique spectacle: With a total height of 270 metres, they are some of the highest waterfalls in all of Germany. You can comfortably reach this natural spectacle on the forest experience trail and the Königsweg trail in just 45 minutes.
The Karwendel mountain range, located in both Austria and Germany, along with the Karwendel Alpine Park, is the largest uninhabited nature reserve in central Europe. Numerous paths, bike trails, and climbing routes lead through the rustic valleys and high up to the impressive peaks.
2,600 metres long, 73 bends, 9 jumps, and 7 waves: The Alpine Coaster on Kolbensattel in Oberammergau is the world’s longest, weatherproof toboggan run, has magnetic brakes, and is a real highlight for all ages. Ready to zoom towards the valley at speeds of up to 40km/h?
It’s known far and wide: the famous fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II in Schwangau, whose splendour is nigh on unparalleled. Take the chance to admire one of the most impressive works of architecture in the world.
The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge is 114 metres high and has a span of 406 metres. It is wheelchair accessible and also completely safe for children.