Is a gorgeous, mountainous region in Bavaria, Southern Germany. October of 2014 I was so blessed to spend a few days in this beautiful, idyllic town, at the Edelweiss Resort and Lodge, at the foot of the mountains. The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort was fantastic yet unfortunately is only available to certain service members with DOD privileges or those conducting TDY work in Europe. You can check out the resort here: www.edelweisslodgeandresort.com The entryway was expansive, full of rustic wood furniture and wood paneling with a pretty stone façade. What was most impressive was the absolutely breathtaking alpine views from all directions! The dining and ambiance was rustic, the view was phenomenal. You couldn’t pick a better, quieter, more serene location to rest and soak in the views.
We happened to be at the resort around Oktoberfest, and many buses happened to go there from the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort several times a day. (Their gift shop even had costumes from which you could rent or purchase to wear at Oktoberfest in Munich). There is always something happening in the local area around Garmisch-Partenkirchen to see and do.
From my beautiful balcony you could view the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain-which towers at roughly 9,714 feet), watch the trains meander amongst the hills with their whistles blowing and hear the angelic cowbells as the cows returned home from their day spent at the nearby mountain meadow terrain. And let us not forget the many paragliders coming down from the massive mountain tops! The mountain air, well it truly was refreshing.
So, a little brief history: Garmisch (in the western location) and Partenkirchen (from the eastern location) were separate towns for many, many years. They still like to maintain their own separateness, yet they truly are one now. The history books say the mayors were forced by none other than Adolf Hitler to combine these towns together in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. To this day, they remain as one, yet very separate in many ways.
During our brief but glorious visit, we had the pleasure of meandering downtown to have a cup of strong robust German coffee with a piece of warm kuchen (German cake), enjoy the breath taking views from all angles, shop, walk around and simply chill out in the fresh air and warm sunshine. The geraniums, petunias and bacopa spilled out of many containers, as vibrant color and scenery were all around us. Fresco-filled café’s, along cobble-stoned streets beckoned visitors and villagers to relax and enjoy the warm, beautiful fall day. Music filled the village, as a local band took a moment to perform a quick song for the crowd. It was beautiful, magical and like a dream come true, for me!
South of Garmisch, lies the Zugspitze near the neat little village of Grainau. This mountain actually straddles the border with Austria (another one of my favorite places to journey to). While I never made it to the top of the Zugspitze on this trip, perhaps on my next journey to Garmisch-Partenkirchen I will take the long hike to the tippy-top! Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a super popular spot for skiing, hiking, biking, snowboarding and easy, carefree outdoor living. They say that some of the very best skiing can be had in Germany here at the Garmisch Classic and the Zugspitze. Perhaps on my next trip I can check it out, anyone want to join me?
I have heard mention The King’s House on Schachen, which was a small castle built for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, which also happens to be located in the serene mountains of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Their gardens are known to be stunning. An alpine botanical garden, it sounds so lovely. Wish I had more time to take it in as this was a place I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting.
It was a dream come true and a postcard perfect place to spend a very short 2 days!
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