Garmisch - Partenkirchen is Germany's undisputed 'Winter Sports Capital', located only a short distance from the Austrian border in the country's southwestern corner. Famous for it's annual New Year Ski jumping competition, televised all over the world, and as a former site of the Winter Olympics, Garmisch - Partenkirchen today is a large, cosmopolitan town with plenty to see and do both on and off the slopes. It is a town that is also rich in history and culture. Local people often dress in traditional styles (without being paid to do so by the tourist board!) and many of the older buildings are decorated with beautiful frescoes - wall paintings that are often centuries old. All around is magnificent mountain scenery, dominated by the mighty Zugspitze to which lifts rises over 2100 metres (nearly 7000 feet) from Garmisch - Partenkirchen - producing one of the world's biggest lift served verticals (although unfortunately it is not possible to ski all the way back down!). The final string to the Garmisch - Partenkirchen bow is its status as a health resort, or rather as a "climatotherapeutic training centre" - a program of exercise and complete body management The objective is to prevent illness in its early stages by making the body and spirit stronger, although Garmisch is also a good choice for those seeking to recuperate from existing conditions in the pure mountain air of the resort.
Germany's best known ski resort is the site of the famous annual ski jumping each year and World Cup Races. A large traditional Bavarian town with incredible facilities and a population of 30,000 it is located beneath Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze.