Second blog today. Six vacation days remaining until I am caught up.
I have said previously (or at least I have thought it to myself) that Munich seems perfectly located. Besides being in the middle of Europe, it benefits from an astounding amount of daytrip possibilities. While there might be a handful of possibilities in another city, I can think of literally fifteen worthy daytrip destinations an hour or two from Munich.
But, then, this is perfect for my travel style. I don’t take a trip with the idea of seeing everything. Nor do I plan a list of museums and attractions that I must see. In the case of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, all I knew was that it seemed like a nice place to visit. That’s it.
G-P is about 1.5 hours south of Munich, and it was really a very beautiful ride, past lakes and such. This location is also covered by the Bayern ticket, which allows up to five people to travel anywhere, all day long, for 29 euros combined.
To paraphrase the Wikipedia entry: Garmisch and Partenkirchen were separate towns for many centuries, and still maintain quite separate identities…Garmisch and Partenkirchen remained separate until their respective mayors were forced by Adolf Hitler to combine the two market towns in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympic games. Today, the united town is casually (but incorrectly) referred to as Garmisch, much to the dismay of Partenkirchen’s residents. Most visitors will notice the slightly more modern feel of Garmisch while the fresco-filled, cobblestoned streets of Partenkirchen offer a glimpse into times past….Nearby is Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, at 2961 m (9714 ft.).
Bonus: We had dinner with the family and friends of someone connected to Kellie’s high school.There are many US military stationed in G-P.
Bavaria is also known for its “luftlmalerei” (literally, “paintings in the air”).