Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria

Some of the Buildings at Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Photo from: mike warren, Creative Commons

The Garmisch-Partenkirchen, located in Bavaria (south Germany), is a market place and organizational center to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district. It also shares a border with Austria. Garmisch is famous for the winter sports held at the Bavarian Alps. The town was formed in the year 1935 as a unification of Garmisch and Partenkirchen villages. The Garmisch and Partenkirchen village mayors were forced, by Adolf Hitler, to combine both the villages as a part of Winter Olympic Games that were held in the year 1936. From that time on both of the villages were united.

The Garmisch-Partenkirchen was the location of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. The traditional ski jumping was held on the New Year’s Day of that year. In addition, various Ski jumping’s were also held here at the Kandahar Way. The Alpine World Ski Championships, that took place in the year 1978, were also held here. They are to be held there in 2011 as well.

There are several educational institutions located in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen villages, namely the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. This institution serves as a conference center for all the governments in the world and the institution is maintained by the funds which are given from all over the world. There is also a recreation center for the American Armed Forces which serves NATO and U.S. families. In the current days, the U.S. troops still provide security and support to the Edelweiss recreation center.

Important Facts

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the hometown of the famous German writer Michael Ende and the famous German Composer Richard Strauss.

In the present days Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a famous tourist spot for snowboarding, hiking and skiing. The 2018 Olympic Games are to be held here as well.

Traveling to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The easiest way to reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen is by train, where a Frankfurt to Munich train service is available frequently.

There are also several bus and taxi services available, which can cost about 20 Euros.

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