Destination guide

It's all downhill from here in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Time to start practicing your fakies, shifties, and safeties—you're going to Garmisch-Partenkirchen! A premier ski destination in the Bavaria region of southern Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen lies in an Alpine valley surrounded by steep mountain peaks, including the formidable Zugspitze, a 9,718-foot-high mountain that's the tallest in Germany. With a Garmisch-Partenkirchen vacation rental, you'll be in the heart of a uniquely Bavarian landscape that's known for its striking high-altitude scenery, cozy apres-ski bars, and Alpine dining—and the area's also chock-full of castles, forts, and other historic buildings, too.

Things to do

All dolled up and someplace to go—Bavarian culture

More than just an outdoorsy paradise, Garmisch-Partenkirchen also boasts a number of cultural and historical landmarks. At the Kurhaus Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you can see rotating exhibits and permanent collections of artwork and cultural artifacts made by local and regional artists and craftsmen. For a different take on local industry, you can check out the Museum Aschenbrenner, with its great collection of porcelain statues, dolls, and nativity scenes. A short drive from your Garmisch-Partenkirchen vacation rental, the ornate, rococo-style Linderhof Palace features sprawling gardens, a hall of mirrors, and a throne festooned with stylized, life-size peacocks.


Garmisch-Partenkirchen—a tale of 2 cities

Formed when Garmisch and Partenkirchen joined forces to become a single, unstoppable force, Garmisch-Partenkirchen still has 2 distinct identities. With its timber-fronted buildings and cobblestone streets, Partenkirchen will give you a taste of traditional Bavarian life; the more cosmopolitan Garmisch caters to the city's mostly international ski-season visitors. Both areas offer plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment, and apres-ski bars are plentiful. Winter sports are a huge draw, and you can always find skiing, snowboarding, and other cold-weather activities. During the warmer months, Garmisch-Partenkirchen boasts enough hiking and camping to keep even the most adventurous visitor satisfied.


Snow thyself—Garmisch-Partenkirchen's winter wonderland

Thanks to its high altitude, Garmisch-Partenkirchen has a climate that's somewhere between maritime and continental, with warm summers and cold, snowy winters, as well as plenty of precipitation throughout the year. Summer highs regularly average in the low 70s during July and August, while winter temperatures range from the low 20s to the high 30s between December and February. A popular spot for winter-sport enthusiasts, you'll find that the months between November and March are Garmisch-Partenkirchen's busiest. You'll have the best luck avoiding crowds and scoring deals on Garmisch-Partenkirchen vacation rentals during the off-season summer months.

Natural features

Mountains beyond mountains in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen lies in a high-altitude valley in the mountainous Bavaria region of southern Germany. The town's surrounded by the wooded slopes and rocky peaks of the Bavarian Alps, and nearby Zugspitze, the highest point in Germany, rises more than 9,000 feet above sea level. The mountains are home to hiking trails and wildlife in the summer, and they turn into a peerless winter sports paradise during the snowy months. Along the valley floor, the Loisach River offers plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and swimming during the summer.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The nearest airport is in Innsbruck (INN-Kranebitten), located 20.4 mi (32.9 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Garmisch-Partenkirchen Station, Garmisch-Partenkirchen Hausberg Station and Garmisch-Partenkirchen Kainzenbad Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 782 vacation rentals near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From 629 Condos/Apartments to 44 Houses, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Garmisch-Partenkirchen:

  • Sonnenbichl: 34 vacation rentals
  • Burgrain: 22 vacation rentals
  • Innsbruck City Centre: 88 vacation rentals
  • Hopfen am See: 16 vacation rentals
  • Oberkirch: 25 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Resort: 277 vacation rentals
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen (ZEI-Garmisch-Partenkirchen Train Station): 836 vacation rentals
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen Hausberg Station: 831 vacation rentals
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen Station: 833 vacation rentals
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen Griesen Oberbay Station: 966 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Garmisch-Partenkirchen listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 629 Condos/Apartments in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen include:

  • Houses: 44 rentals available
  • Chalets: 3 rentals available
  • Cabins: 40 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Garmisch-Partenkirchen?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 23 vacation rentals with pool available in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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