Cultural highlights & excursions in and around Garmisch
There are just so many places to visit while on holiday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen – and all of them unmissable! Just in the twin towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen alone there is so much to discover – charming houses with decoratively painted facades, quaint narrow streets to explore and, everywhere you go, a warm welcome from the locals!
To help you make the most of your stay, we have put together a list of exciting excursions:
King Ludwig II of Bavaria (nicknamed “the fairytale king”) loved to build romantic castles and palaces, many of which survive today and are known and much admired the world over. Definitely worth a visit, they are all within easy reach of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Königshaus am Schachen
“The King’s House on the Schachen” - just 10 km (approx. 6 miles) from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch
Built in 1869-1872 as a refuge for King Ludwig II, this romantic mountain hideaway, perched over 1,800 metres (nearly 6,000 feet) up on the Schachen Alp near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, not only offers superb views but also boasts a luxurious “Moorish Hall” - a fine example of “Bavaria meets the Orient”. The lodge can only be reached on foot – the route through the Partnach Gorge and then onto the Königsweg, takes around 3 hours. The “Schachenhaus” mountain restaurant is a pleasant place to stop for some well-earned refreshment.
Linderhof Palace - approx. 25 km (15 miles) from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch
King Ludwig also commissioned this magnificent rococo palace (built 1869-1878) with its exquisite landscaped gardens. If you are planning a sightseeing visit, why not join one of the themed guided tours on offer? Special private tours are also available. A tour of the parkland surrounding the palace and a visit to the Venus grotto should also figure on any itinerary!
Neuschwanstein Castle – approx. 60 km (37 miles) from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch
Dream or reality?! Set in a unique fairytale location, Neuschwanstein Castle must be one of the world’s most famous landmarks. Built for King Ludwig II in 1868-1886, this sumptuous residence stands two hundred metres above the valley on Tegelberg mountain. The castle offers excellent views across the Alpsee and Forggensee lakes towards Schloß Hohenschwangau, the castle built by Crown Prince Maximilian of Bavaria in 1832-1836. It was here that King Ludwig II spent the early part of his life.
On your return journey along the B17, we recommend stopping off at the Wieskirche – one of Bavaria’s most beautiful rococo churches, built 1746-1755. Free tours are available. Also well worth a detour is the small town of Füssen – a leisurely stroll around its quaint narrow streets is always a pleasure. We recommend sampling some of the delicious foods on offer at the various stalls in the historic “Markthalle” on Schrannenplatz.
The Richard Strauss Institute – approx. 800m (0.5 miles) from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch
This elegant old villa houses a fascinating exhibition called “Strauss – discovering the man and his music”, which traces the life and work of this famous composer from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is also the venue for regular symphony and chamber concerts as well as the famous „Richard Strauss Festival“, held here every year in June.
The Michael Ende Kurpark – just 1km (0.6 miles) from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch
The “Kurpark” spa gardens are a peaceful oasis in which to just relax and watch the world go by, while the “Kurhaus” in the park houses a permanent exhibition called “Der Anfang vom Ende (The Beginning of the End)”, celebrating the life and work of the writer Michael Ende. Born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1929, and famous for children’s classics such as “MOMO”, “Jim Knopf” and “die unendliche Geschichte (The Never-ending Story)”, Ende demonstrated his affection for his birthplace by planting a lime tree here in 1990 – it still flourishes today.
The Werdenfels Museum - just 1km (0.6 miles) from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch
This interesting museum, housed in a 17th century merchant’s house, explores the history and culture of our colourful Werdenfelser Land region. Here visitors can gain a unique insight into the customs and traditions of this part of the world. The display of carnival masks is definitely worth a look.
Ettal Abbey – approx. 14km (8.6 miles) from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch
With its vast basilica and charming mix of high gothic and baroque styles, this beautiful abbey at the foot of the Ammergau Alps was founded by Benedictine monks in 1330. Other visitor attractions include a brewing museum, cheese dairy and distillery, where sampling the liqueur produced here is a must!
The Schlossmuseum Murnau – approx. 25 km (15 miles) from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch
Murnau am Staffelsee is an idyllic town in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area. Its picturesque landscape of lakes and moors once captivated artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter. The Schlossmuseum Murnau contains works by artists of the “Blaue Reiter” movement and also holds regular special exhibitions.
For a perfect day out, you can combine a visit to the museum with a boat trip or a refreshing afternoon swim in beautiful Lake Staffelsee.