One of the ways we’ve found to make travel a bit more enjoyable is to splurge on some things and skimp on others. Garmisch Partenkirchen was a perfect example of this, as we booked a 2-star B&B for $75 and enjoyed a lavish dinner at a 5-star hotel for about the same price as our room. Since we weren’t spending much time in our room other than sleeping or showering, the savings can definitely add up.
You could easily whittle away a week in Garmisch of activities, beer gardens and exploring quaint villages. In our case, we spent two days lounging, trekking, and of course, beer sampling.
Here’s a list of the Essentials:
- King Ludwig’s Linderhof Palace – just 10 minutes from Oberammergau, this was the one palace that the famous king of Bavaria completed in his lifetime and lived in for eight years. We’re all familiar with the Cinderella-like castle in nearby Füssen, the Neuschwanstein Castle? That one was never finished and unfortunately Ludwig drowned in the Alpsee lake nearby. There’s still a debate on whether it was a suicide or a murder, but his private doctor died with him in the lake that day. And we wonder why people called him Mad King Ludwig?
- Wieskirche in nearby Weis – A UNESCO church in the countryside with an astonishing dome mural and a gagging amount of gold leaf and cherubs – yes, true Rococo style.
- Hotel Maximilian in Oberammergau – lunch, dinner or just a quick coffee and apple strudel, but this is the #1 TripAdvisor rated restaurant for a reason.
- Zugspitze Cogtrain and Tram – Drive or train to Garmisch (not the sister-city Partenkirchen) and follow the signs to the Zugspitze, but only if the weather is guaranteed sunny. You don’t want to spend 51 Euro to sit in the clouds.
- Eibsee – The picturesque lake at the bottom of the Zugspitze tram station. Take a boat ride, walk along the water, or just enjoy a beer in the sunshine since you’ll only be visiting this lake during nice weather as well.
- Bike Rental – Many hotels offer a free bike rental, and as long as it isn’t raining there is no better way to see the gorgeous countryside. Paved bike paths span in every direction linking towns and small villages all begging to be explored.