Where to stay
Garmisch-Partenkirchen and its neighboring villages have nearly 10,000 guest beds in some 1,500 accommodation facilities.
Hotels and inns come in all price ranges, from luxury establishments to one-star guesthouses. Many offer daily, weekend, or weekly rates with half- or full board.
A personal hotel recommendation:
The Atlas Grand Hotel is an historic inn that oozes Bavarian atmosphere, and it's conveniently located in downtown Partenkirchen.
The four-star hotel traces its roots to 1542, when a local monastery opened a tavern for travelers. It became a postal station in the 1600s, and the grandfather of the hotel's now-deceased senior chef, Otto Stahl, was the last innkeeper in Bavaria to hold the title of "Royal Postmaster."
The Atlas Grand certainly looks the part of an historic inn: Its façade is adorned with arches, wrought-iron signs, shutters, flowerboxes, and a row of Bavarian flags and banners. Step inside, and you may feel that you're in a hunting lodge. The ground floor is a meandering menage of rooms with heavy archways, beamed ceilings, carved wood, iron chandeliers, grandfather clocks, and framed pictures from the last two centuries.
The older guest rooms upstairs are delightful. A few years ago, I stayed in room 24, overlooking the Ludwigstrasse, and it was like being inside Great-Aunt Waltraud's cedar chest. Every surface in the bedroom was covered with wood, from the beamed ceiling to the pine walls to the planked floor. The antique bedstead carried the wood theme through with an ornate carved headboard.
Other hotel possibilities:
The Atlas Grand's sister property, the Atlas Posthotel (three stars) has a history dating back to 1512, but it includes all the mod cons, including free Wi-Fi. The 44-room hotel also has four modern apartments (each accommodating up to four guests) in an annex nearby.
The four-star Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl is located 1.5 km (1 mile) out of town. It's a reasonable choice if you have a car, since it offers alpine views and amenities such as a swimming pool and sauna.
Most rooms at the Wittelsbacher Hof, a four-star "Swiss Quality" hotel within walking distance of the pedestrian zone, have private balconies with views of the Zugspitze. A heated indoor pool, sauna, and wellness center are on the premises.
The moderately priced Hotel Königshof is also in downtown Garmisch, where it offers free parking in a private lot.
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Prices for bed and breakfast typically start around €20 per person with shared bath. (Such Privatzimmer accommodations are popular with Germans, many of whom prefer staying with a family to booking a room in a hotel.)
Hundreds of Ferienwohnungen (holiday apartments) and a number of cottages are available for rental. See HomeAway's Garmisch-Partenkirchen listings.
The Garmisch-Partenkirchen JH Youth Hostel is in Burgrain, about 3 km from Garmisch on the No. 3 or 4 bus line.
The Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourist Office lists seven campgrounds within commuting distance. The most convenient is Campingplatz Zugspitze in Untergrainau, at the foot of Germany's highest peak.
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