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ABOVE: Skiing is Garmisch-Partenkirchen's main draw in winter. The town has six major ski areas with 38 lifts and 73 km of marked trails.

Sports and recreation

Winter sports. Skiing and snowboarding pull in the crowds during Garmisch-Partenkirchen's snow season, which normally runs from October until early May on the Zugspitze and into March at low elevations.

Six ski areas have 38 lifts and 73 km (46 miles) of marked downhill trails, including the Kandahar Run of World Cup fame. You can expand your options even more with day trips to neighoring Austria, or with freestyle skiing and snowboarding at the Fun Park and Half-Pipe below the summit of the Zugspitze.

Cross-country skiing is also popular, with nearly 100 km (69 miles) of prepared trails in the local valleys.

Other winter activities include skating at the five-rink Olympic Ice Sports Center, curling, sledding, and walking on 100 km (63 miles) of winter hiking paths.

Summer recreation. Nature and the outdoors are the main attractions during the warmer months. Some 300 km (188 miles) of marked trails connect Garmisch-Partenkirchen with forests, alms, mountain peaks, and attractions such as the Partnach Gorge or Partnachklamm and King Ludwig II's Schachen hunting lodge.

Golf, tennis, mountain biking, white-water rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, a rope course, minigolf, archery, hot-air ballooning, bowling, paragliding, and swimming are some of the other summer activities on Garmisch-Partenkirchen's summer menu.

  • Tip: If you're planning to hike or climb at high altitudes, visit from July through mid-September.

Spectator sports. World Cup ski races, the International New Year's Ski Jumping competition, the Bavarian Sleigh Ride Competition, and the International Ice Skating Gala take place during the winter months.

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