Not so long ago I happened to visit the fabulous place of Bavaria, the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The city is located near the border with Austria, in a valley at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level, surrounded on all sides by the mountains of the Bavarian Alps, at the foot of the highest peak in Germany – Mount Zugspitze, whose height is 2962 meters above sea level. The Loisach River, a tributary of Isar, flows through the city. The population is 25 thousand people, whose main activity is work in the field of tourism.
To get to Garmisch-Partenkirchen is best from Munich by bus or train, which leaves from the main station of Munich every hour. And thanks to the travel agency “Come with us”, a transfer was directly arranged for us from their Munich airport to our destination.
On the way, we admired the local landscapes, and at the entrance to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, our eyes opened up to the impressive beauty of the winter Bavarian Alps and, of course, Mount Zugspitze.
The city itself made a lasting impression on me. Very beautiful, cozy, some kind of home, it seems to have arisen directly from a fairy tale. This impression was facilitated by a quiet winter evening, heavy snow falling silently on the ground, houses in the medieval style, the facade of which is painted with biblical subjects, rare passers-by, the aroma of coffee and fresh pastry from pastry shops. It was very pleasant to rush along its cozy streets, breathe in the clean mountain air, listen to the quiet creaking of snow underfoot, consider the amazing architecture and various biblical stories on the houses, often complemented by traditional folk ornaments. Almost all houses are decorated with natural or artificial flowers.
In Garmisch-Partenkirchen you will not find two equally decorated and painted buildings. Each has its own uniqueness, individuality. They look very harmonious both individually and together.
Near the houses, closer to the sidewalk, spruce or pine trees grow, which the locals dress up for Christmas. Walking along the street, everyone can admire coniferous beauties decorated with toys and garlands.
After strolling through the quiet and picturesque streets and admiring the Christmas surroundings, it’s good to go to a small cozy cafe where the hospitable hosts will offer aromatic coffee, hot wine with cinnamon and fresh pastries.
In general, this city is very good for a romantic New Year and Christmas holidays.
By the way, it is not far from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, quite conveniently, and most importantly cheaply enough, you can go on an excursion to the Austrian Innsbruck and Salzburg.
Hotels in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Tourists staying here is not a problem. I want to immediately warn lovers of high-rise buildings – hotels here rarely exceed three floors. But they are very comfortable, cozy at home, as a rule, with free Internet and excellent cuisine.
There are a lot of hotels, a large selection. Here the hotel can be a local resident’s own house, which will offer you a very decent range of services and homemade food.
However, to choose a hotel it is better to contact the appropriate employee of the Travel Agency “Come with us”, who will select the best hotel for the tourist based on the tastes, preferences, desires and thickness of the wallet.
Bavarian cuisine: where to eat and drink
A tourist can eat and drink both in a hotel or in numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, snack bars and even shops.
Bavarian cuisine is a reflection of the solidity of the Bavarian folk character. It is characterized by an abundance of dishes of flour, meat, vegetable and dairy.
I personally really liked the small white Nuremberg sausages, in which minced dill and parsley were added. During heat treatment, they acquire a golden brown color and produce a wonderful aroma. They can also be cooked in the microwave.
Naturally, I did not ignore the baked pork leg with knobs, Eintopf soup, Kaisenschmarren and apple strudel. Although the last two dishes are of Austrian origin, they are also widespread in neighboring Bavaria
Also, canned smoked sausages in the marinade are very good. They can be consumed without heating or boiling. Very convenient, tasty and satisfying food for hiking in nature.
In general, the Bavarians are very fond of tasty, satisfying and most importantly, leisurely and thoroughly eat. It is very interesting to watch the Bavarians dressed in national costumes, who are saturated gradually and for a long time, washing down their food with good Bavarian beer and having a leisurely conversation about football, family or about the Polyutuk. The word “politik”, politics, sounds like this in the Bavarian dialect of German.
There is an opportunity to eat on the go. Fast food is also available, which is represented mainly by a variety of sausages and sausages with buns and various sauces for them. Everything is very tasty, satisfying and inexpensive.