Garmisch-Partenkirchen and its ski resorts are located at the foot of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, and is one of the principal climatic health spas in the Bavarian Alps. Often called Germany's premier winter sports metropolis, the host of the 1936 Winter Olympics and 1978 World Championship offers world-class skiing, pristine nature, secluded relaxation, upscale shopping, and many other cultural and culinary highlights. A plethora of sports await you during all seasons, with skiing as the area's specialty. If you prefer a massage to a run down the ski slopes, numerous spa treatments and health therapies are available for your pleasure. A walk through the streets of Garmisch after a long day of skiing will place you at the crossroads of international flair and Bavarian tradition. Elegant boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops greet you every step of the way. Skiers who prefer the nightlife will enjoy the many clubs, bistros, discos, and bars. The Bavarian Casino is one of the many popular places for guests at Germisch's ski resorts, where world-class skiing and international street flair produce one of the most unique ski areas in Europe.
Zugspitze visitors also have the opportunity to experience one of Germany's last glaciers at first hand. Where skiers make wide, arching turns in winter at the Zugspitze Plateau, is where you can leave your footprints in the eternal ice during a glacier walk in the summer months.
The landscape-shaping natural forces of wind, rock, snow and sun can be felt everywhere.
The glacier walk is not always possible, but when it is, it takes about half an hour to walk over the Zugspitze Glacier to the ''Windloch '' (Wind Hole) viewing platform. There you will be rewarded with fantastic views 2,000 meters down into the “Ehrwalder Basin”, the surrounding mountains and the entire Zugspitze Plateau.