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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

The twin towns of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2011)

They are six syllables, almost a mouthful, but the two words also represent hiking, climbing, trekking, skiing, Olympic history, and Alpine grandeur.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located about 90 kilometres (55 miles) southwest from München, and can be reached in about 90 minutes with Deutsche Bahn regional-trains. With the town’s close proximity to the Austrian border, additional trains direct passengers onwards to the Austrian towns of Reutte and Innsbruck.

In preparation for the 1936 Winter Olympics, the neighbouring towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen were merged in 1935 to form a single entity. According to “Placenames of the World: Origins and Meanings of the Names for 6,600 Countries, Cities, Territories, Natural Features, and Historic Sites” by Adrian Room (2005):

Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Town, southern Germany. The present town was formed in 1935 on the amalgamation of the two communities Garmisch and Partenkirchen. The former name means “Germar’s district,” the latter “(settlement of the) Parthians by the church.”

Many arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for day hikes into one of two gorges in the area: Partnachklamm and Höllentalklamm. Longer daytrips include a visit to Mittenwald or an ascent to Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany.

In town, there are small narrow cobblestone streets, few cars, and many colourful buildings built in a distinctive Bavarian architectural style. Garmisch feels more modern, whereas Partenkirchen has retained its old Bavarian charm. The combined town is contained neatly at the junction of the Loisach and Partnach rivers, in a broad valley surrounded by a crown of mountains. There must be something in the crisp air and the snowmelt; some consider Garmisch-Partenkirchen as a base for daytrips, but the town itself is worthy of discovery.


Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

All Alps, all good

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Schnitzschulstrasse and Ludwigstrasse, Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

So many choices … under mist and fog

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

More choices

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Rathaus vom Markt (City hall)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Partnach river

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Mohrenplatz Wirtshaus Schmankerlmarkt, Garmisch

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Werdenfelser Hof, Partenkirchen at night

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Ludwigstrasse, Partenkirchen at night

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Alps above, from Partenkirchen below

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Schlüssel & Rosen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Statue silhouette

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fountain

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Antoniusbrunnen (Antonius Fountain), 1880

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

“… pray for us, holy Antonius …”

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

His side or her side?

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Sonnenbergstrasse 6, Bauernhaus “Larashaus” (1754)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Wall mural

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Street in Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Wall mural

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Alpspitze

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Afternoon light on the summit of Wank (‘Vahnk’)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

Ludwigstrasse and Schnitzschulstrasse (Hotel-Gasthof Drei Mohren)


You can also read about my day trip up to Zugspitze. Andrew Couch from Grounded Traveler provides a summary about fun, scenic, and interesting things to see and do in the German state of Bavaria.

I made the above photos on 8 and 10 October 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-1so.

5 Responses to “The twin towns of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2011)”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Debbie. I certainly can’t (and won’t) dispute what you just said. 😉 Thanks for dropping by and for your comment!

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