Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a ski town in Germany about 2-3 hours drive from Stuttgart. Public transit to Garmisch is not good from Stuttgart, but there is a train and bus station there to take trips into Austria or other nearby towns. The center of town is quaint, surrounded by mountains with a main shopping street, all within walking distance. The shops are the usual tourist knickknacks shops and retail stores including H&M. The Chocolaterie Amelie was the best place for a local souvenir (German chocolate!).
The Partnach Gorge is a must-do hike that round trip takes about an hour or so. It is relatively easy *on a dry day* with one steep part at the end before the clearing, then if you opt to continue up and around the mountain, it’s more challenging but worth it. We did the full circle through the Gorge first, then up and around the mountain to see it from above.
Park at the 1936 Olympic Ski Jump and follow the tiny signs to the right around the stadium to reach the path. The signs in German are: Partnachklamm.
The cost is 4 euros to enter the Gorge because it’s a National Park Landmark since 1912. There is no water to buy so bring your own. On weekdays there are a few beer gardens to stop along the way but not on Sundays (the day we hiked it).
Zugspitze and Alpspitz Mountain Views and Hiking
There are a few mountain view points for tourists which we did not make it to because the weather was raining most our trip so visibility was not prime. The cost is quite high too at almost $100 for 2 people, so we will wait for a clear day. Zugspitze is the highest and most popular to see 360 across 3 countries from Austria to Switzerland, locals we heard prefer the Alpspitz. Either way we will have to go back to do them both!
Austrian and German restaurants are all around with many high reviews on TripAdvisor. Living in Germany already, we craved something new and went for Italian at Pane e Vino. We were greeted in Italian (always a good sign) and stuck to the menu of the day, it was excellent. As a whole, Garmisch is a tourist town so restaurants are a bit more than other German cities but still reasonable.
Breweries: There are no breweries in Garmisch itself, the Hotel Zugspitze has a blonde ale made for them and brought in so we stopped in to try it. Pretty good for an afternoon stop. The closest town for a local brew, worth a day trip next time is Murnau which is about 30 minutes away from Garmisch. All the paid brewery tours from Garmisch go there for tastings too.
The biggest score was finding the best (American) breakfast and The Best apple strudel (Martha recipe) in Germany (so far). So good, we went back two days in a row. We stumbled upon the place by accident from the back, there is a gate with an adorable patio garden seating area and we entered in there to sit outside. The breakfast; 4 eggs and bacon starting at around 5 euros. The name you ask?
Mukkefuck Restaurant. Don’t be deterred by the odd name, it’s all delicious!