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ABOVE: The Partnach Gorge or Partnachklamm attracts hikers and sightseers year-round. In winter, you can book a guided torchlight tour through the gorge.


Although Garmisch-Partenkirchen is known more for outdoor activities than for sightseeing, it does have a number of places to visit on a rainy day.

The historic churches of Martinskirche (Garmisch) and Pfarrkirche (Partenkirchen) are worth a peek.

The Werdenfelser Heimatmuseum, a regional history and folk museum, occupies a 17th Century house on the Ludwigstrasse in Partenkirchen.

The Richard Strauss Institute has a musical museum, a library, and multimedia terminals that celebrate the life of the late German composer. Performances of Strauss works are scheduled throughout the year. In June, the Richard Strauss Tage or "Richard Strauss Days" festival offers concerts, symposia, master classes, and other events that are open to the public.

If your musical tastes run more toward zithers and accordions than Till Eulenspiegel, ask the tourist office about Bavarian folklore evenings during your visit.


There are many other attractions that you can easily visit from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, either by car or by booking guided tours locally--among them, the Glentleiten Open-Air Museum in Grossweil, the Schlossmuseum Murnau, Linderhof Castle in Ettal (see English description), the Heimat- or Folk Museum in Oberammergau (site of the Passion Play), and the Violinmaking and Folk Museum in Mittenwald. If you have time for a day trip, head for the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles in Schwangau, near Füssen.

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