Tourist attractions

Discover the alpine region with all its charm and enjoy the very best tourist attractions: Whether it be taking a quick visit to an interesting city nearby, making a trip to one of the many lakes or enjoying the festivals in the surrounding area.


offers an opportunity for a comfortable shopping tour, completed with the old upper bavarian houses’ setting. High in flower decoration, frescos-, lüftl- and facadepainting and old gatefacades make the promenade with this place to an experience of traditional bavarian architecture. In Garmisch there are especially worth seeing the Biedermeier-frescos at the guesthouse Husar, the old church in the romanic-gothic architectural style from the 13th century and the Polznakasperhouse al one of the place’s oldest buildings. A Walk through the Ludwigsstreet is strongly recommended the enthusiasts of old architectural art, as well a visit in the werdenfelser local museum.


The Ski jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen that was newly built in 2007, replaced the old jump, which stood there on the same place since 1923 and got to the new town’s landmark. The jump’s special feature is the upper, free above the area pending part of the 100 metres long inrun tower.
St. Martinshütte You already can see the Martin’s hut from Garmisch. It is located on the 1040 metres height at the Kramer and offers a wonderful all around view over the region’s tops. In one hour walking time from the starting point Bavarian hall you can reach this beautiful located guesthouse. In Winter you can safe yourself the descent with the sled, because then the ascent is also a toboggan run.

Ruine Werdenfels

Between Garmisch and Farchant, 80 metres above the Loisachtal, the ruin Werdenfels is enthroned. Before the deterioration it served as an county werdenfels’ administration midpoint til 1632. Today you have got an beautiful view to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Wetterstein mountain.
Mittenwald Mittenwald offers the opportunity to a comfortable shopping tour, completed with the setting of old bavarian buildings. High in flower decoration, frescos-, lüftl- and facadepainting, old gatefacades and buildings with barrel-vault make the promenade with this place to an experience of traditional bavarian architecture. Mittenwald is also called ‚lively storybook’, because it has kept its historical look til today. The place has created excellence violin maker and domiciled still a known school for instrument construction.


Ettal, which monastery and Benediktiner abbey was found in 1330, is located between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Oberammergau. In 1752, in addition to that belongs the Rokoko church with its 52 metres high dome was accomplished. Today the abbey manages a gymnasium including a boarding school, furthermore a brewery, a liqueur distillery and different public houses. In association of monasterial and different other agricultural surrounding firms the Schaukäserei Ettal arised. There the manufactured cheese can not only be tasted and bought, but you also can follow the single steps of the production through the big panes in the saleroom.


Oberammergau offers the opportunity to a comfortable shopping tour, completed with the setting old upper bavarian buildings. High in flower decoration, frescos-, lüftl- and facadepainting and old gatefacades make the promenade with this place to an experience of traditional bavarian architecture. Oberammergau belongs to the upper part of the county Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is located in the wonderful Ammertal and has not just made its name with the executed Passiongame in uninterrupted Tradition since the 17th Century, but also with the woodcarving art, which was performed from the ‚Herrgottschnitzern’ still today

Freilichtmuseum Glentleiten

To the east of Garmisch-Partenkirchen the open-air museum is located high above the Kochelsee. There you don’t have only got a gorgeous view into the mountains, but you also see into the peoples’ lifestyle of  region from the early modern age til into the present. Buildings, mills, workshops and alps are original received. You can experience old handicrafts like clappers, spinning, jewellery making, copper-smith, cooping, backing bread, making grindstones and carpenting at the handicraft screenings.


The Kuhflucht waterfalls upstream Farchant count to the highest ones in Germany. The water falls across three steps impressive 270 metres into the depth. The waterfall is already good to see from afar, but you can see it better and more imposing after an hike about 1 hour, which starts in Farchant.
Farchanter Alm The Farchant alp is in summer an in winter a rewarding place of excursion, not only because of the beautiful view to the wetterstein mountain with the Alpspitze and Zugspitze. In summer touring cyclists and mountainbiker can feel good, in winter there is a tobaggan run and a cross-countryloipe, as well as the opportunity for Bavarian curling and ice skating. There is also a Ski lift within spitting distance, besides a golf course in three kilometres distance.

Monasteries and castles
The Bavarian King Ludwig’s II royal palaces are known in every part of the world.  Das Königshaus am Schachen The royal house at the Schachen, near of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and exclusive reachable per feet in three and an half hours, is located in 1876 metres height an is at a time to inspect at 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. In contrast to the other constructions the exterior view keep up in the style of a Swiss house, but inside you feel transfered to the orient.

Castle Linderhof which is reached over Ettal and further direction Reutte, is a little Versaille in the style of Rokoko. It was built in 1869 til 1878 and is located in a wonderful palace garden in the middle of the Ammer mountains. Additional tot he castle you can admire the blue grot, the moorish temple and the big fountain.
All forward the Castle Neuschwanstein, with which construction (1869 til 1884) and setting the king earns his surname ‚fairy tale king’. The castle is located high above the valley at Füssen and can be visited all-season. An inspection worth is also the Marien bridge, which, hanging over a gorge, offers a wonderful view to the castle.

Hohenschwangau Castle is a 19th-century palace in southern Germany. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. It is located in Hohenschwangau. About  2 million people annually start tours to the royal palaces from there.


In the urban district Wies at Steingaden, The Wieskirche is located there, one of the famoust Rokoko churches in Germany, which was build in 1745 til 1754 by Dominikus Zimmermann and belongs to the UNESCO’s world cultural heritage since 1983. In the churche’s midpoint is the ‚Gegeißelte Heiland’, in which eyes a peasant woman found tears in year 1738. This ‚tear miracle’ passes to the henceforward taking place pilgrimage and to the construction of the present church.

The monastery Rottenbuch, not far from the Ammertal and the Wieskirche, was built from the duke Welf I. from Bavaria in about 1073. Benediktbeuern, one of the oldest Benediktiner monasteries in Bavaria. In 725 the former Benetiktinerabbey was launched and in 1669 the baroque monastery arised. In 1803 the moastery was dissolved in the course of the secularization, but in 1930 it was reanimated by the Salesianem Don Boscos and developped to a center for religious education, science and breeding.

Recreation on a lake

Eibsee In the Ammergauer Alps, there are the Plansee and the Heiterwangersee, both are connected with a 300 metre long channel. Both lakes have got a very good watercondition. Already imperator Maximilian I. appreciates the lake’s richness in fish and uses the surrounding lovely region for hunting expeditions. Today the lakes were used from the electric power station Reutte as a store and the waterlevel depressed in winter.

Badersee, a lake with its own sea mermaid - a beautiful destination for your walk!
A visit to the crystal-clear Badersee lake or a walk around the lake is a must-do during your stay in Grainau.

The location of this emerald-green lake is unmatched. It is all of 18 m (60 ft) deep and has underground sources that prevent the water from freezing, even in winter. Nestled in the forest at the base of the Zugspitze massif with an unforgettable view of the Waxenstein
and Zugspitze peaks, Lake Badersee is an oasis of relaxation.

Enjoy the Badersee Lake with a walk around and may be you discover the Badersee Mermaid on the bottom of the lake in the crystal-clear water. Afterwards, you can treat yourself to cake and coffee, a drink or a meal in Hotel am Badersee.

Lake „Pflegersee“ is one of the most famous places of excursions above from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is located pictorial at the foot of the Königsstand. The mountain inn „Pflegersee“ invites directly at the lake´s shore to stop for a bite to eat.

Lake „Ferchensee“ is located in the southwest from Mittenwald and reaches more than 20 degrees water temperature in summer. In summer a guesthouse and additional a kiosk with boat rental invites to stay. An urban bus drives regular to the lake.
The Walchensee, one of the deepest and largest Alplakes in Germany, belongs to the community Kochel at the lake, in which community area the Kochelsee is partly located. Because of its beautiful location and its look, the Walchensee got repeatedly to a film location and to movies’ setting. Surfers and Sailors appreciate the lake especially because of its constant thermalwinds and use it extensive. Worth seeing is also the Walchensee power station, which connects the Kochelsee and the Walchensee.
On the verge of the Bavarian Alps, belonging to the communities Schlehdorf and Kochel am See, there is the Kochelsee. It is connected through a hydroelectric power station, that also can be visited, with the upper seated Walchensee. The lake offers the opportunity to take a bath or to drive a boat, to orbit with the bicycle or per foot and to cross with a little boat, which connects the communities.
One of the cleanest lakes in the upper Bavaria is the Riegsee. It is heating itself very fast and has already got bathing temperature in May. Due to the fact that it is completely freezing up in winter about weeks, it is an eldorado for ice-skaters, bavarian curlers, ice-sailors.
Starnberger See - Germany´s biggest lake is, caused by ist depth, the secondwatery at once. A walk at ist shores is an experience, especially at sunny weather, when the Alps setting established at the lake´s horizon in the south.
In the Starnberger See the legendary fairy tale king Ludwig II. lost his life, in the midst of today not settled circumstances.
The Chiemsee also is named the „Bavarian Sea“ and is, with a area of 79,9 km2 the biggest lake in Bavaria. The lake has three islands: Herrenisland, Frauenisland and Krautisland.
The construction works at the Herrenisland, started in 1878 at the King´s castle Herrenchiemsee of Ludwig II., which should be a copy of castle of Versaille and which first was completed after the King´s death. It was speculated that the lake, the place Chieming and the whole Chiemgau are called after the earl with the name „Chiemo“.

The Achensee Tirol´s biggest lake forms the boarder between the Karwendelmountains and the Brandenberger Alps and is located 380 metres over the Inntal at Jenbach in Tirol. Remarkable is the fact that it´s excellence water quality and ist water temperature don´t exceed, appropriate a mountain lake, the 20 degrees. It will also referred as the Tirol sea.