My introduction to Germany started at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a ski town in the Bavarian region of Germany. At the time I was working for a college that was hosting a conference at a resort in Bavaria. I wrote about that position in a previous post about finishing graduate school. If it wasn’t for that job, I don’t know if I would’ve ever traveled to Germany. Honestly, it wasn’t on my bucket list of places to visit, I still had much to discover in Italy.
With that being said, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is BEAUTIFUL!
I’ve been lucky enough to visit the town twice. As stated earlier, once for work and a second time with family. Both occasions provided amazing experiences. For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to the area as Garmisch.
Although my first trip to Garmisch was for business, I was able to explore and take many pictures of the area surrounding the hotel.
I toured a local brewery and tasted various beers.
The brewery even had a band playing folk music. Adding to the atmosphere and setting in the fact that I was in a whole new world.
My second trip to Garmisch consisted of a road trip with the family. My wife and I rented a Fiat 500 (awesome car) and drove from Naples to Garmisch in two days. We could’ve easily knocked out the drive in one take but decided to cut the journey in half for the baby.
She spent most of the trip strapped to my back. I have an amazing Thule carrier suited for hiking with children.
I especially enjoyed progressing through Partnach Gorge.
The gorge was an amazing experience which turned out to be difficult to traverse with a child strapped to my back. With many low clearings, I had to crouch walk through a significant portion of the path. Water sprinkling down added to the ambiance.
The funny thing was that my daughter slept through most of the hike.
If you’re looking for an easy-going getaway in a centralized location, Garmisch is a solid option. I’ve only ever experienced the town in the fall, but I would imagine it’s just as amazing during the winter, spring and summer. Considering it’s a ski town, you might enjoy it more when the snow falls.
If you visited Germany before, what city or town did you first visit?
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