While we thoroughly enjoyed our sunny trip to Italy, we were back on the road with our suitcases packed just two weeks later! Garmisch-Partenrirchen, Germany is a beautiful Bavarian town nestled in the alps and is the definition of winter beauty! We only had two days, but we packed them full! For those of you planning your trip, two days is perfect unless you love to ski…in that case, you may need a few more.
Where to Stay
While we have been riding the Airbnb train for our past trips we decided to stay at an American military resort – Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. We had heard it advertised on AFN and it had some decent rates. It ended up being in an amazing location and while we love experiencing all that the German culture has to offer it was super nice to have some American luxuries again! We had an amazing view of the Alps from our balcony, access to great food, and an outdoor hot tub amongst the snow!
Saturday morning we headed out bright and early. Edelweiss was in such a great location, it was only a 14-minute drive over to the Zugspitze parking lot. Zugspitze is the highest peak in Germany. In order to get to the top, you can take the lift or the brand new Cogwheel Train.
The train takes about 30-40 minutes and literally goes through the mountain. The lift only takes about 10 minutes but we wanted to try both so on the train we went.
The technology of it all was just amazing. Once we hopped off the train our jaws hit the snow. Haha…but really the view was just amazing. And…this wasn’t even the tippy top!
To get to the actually Zugspitze peak we hoped on a lift and teter tottered on up. I already mentioned that Zugspitze is the highest peak in Germany, but what I didn’t mention is that it offers a view of Germany, Austria, and Italy! We got incredibly lucky with a crystal clear blue sky day and had 100% visibility.
After pulling ourselves off the top we headed back down to “base camp” where we grabbed a bear (yes at 10:30 am….becuase well..it’s Germany.) The views while we drank were crazy as well as we got the best booth in the place!
Finally, we put our tails between our legs and headed over the rent a sled.
We can’t figure out how to ski so we decided a day amongst the kiddies on the sledding slops would be fun. There were some great sledding hills, but there was also one that was extremely dangerous….(someone had to be medically evacuated). We tried it once and it was pretty awful. You can’t really steer a sled or control the speed so it was crash and burn on crash and burn….
After more beer 🙂 and sledding we took the big lift back down and finished the day in the hot tub!
Near Garmisch-Partenkircheen, Germany
To finish our trip in Bavaria we drove an hour over to my dream house! Well….my 90’s child Disney loving dream house. Neuschwanstein Castles is one of, if not the most famous castle in Germany.
I have been dying to visit ever since we arrived in Germany. Neuschwanstein castle is said to be the inspiration for many Disney Princess castles like Cinderella.
We booked our tour ahead of time online which is something I HIGHLY recommend doing. After parking and grabbing our tickets from the ticket center we walked up the little mountain
They offer horse-drawn carriage rides but they are not private and I think it’s kinda mean to the horses so we just walked. We actually beat the horses up! Ha! After taking some pictures and gawking at the exterior we headed inside for our tour. We opted for an audio tour although they do offer human guided tours for the same price.
They are very particular are you walk through the castle. No photos and you must stay with your group. The audio tour wasn’t too long but offered some great information as we walked along. We visited the servants quarters and then most of the Kings quarters and offices. Neuschwanstein was actually built in 1869 by the Bavarian King Ludwig II. Even though it isn’t that old it feels like your walking straight through the middle ages because King Ludwig was obsessed with the middle ages and built the castle as a kind of shrine.
Inside the castles, a quick look out of ANY of the windows would take your breath away.
There was another castle-Hohenschwangau Castle which was on the hill across from Neuschwanstein and was built by King Ludwig II’s father. It was smaller but beautiful and we wished we had bought tickets to tour it as well.
After we said our farewells we stopped and had lunch at a little restaurant nearby before driving the four hours home.
If you’re a skier, sledder, view and mountain lover, castle lover, or you’re just looking for an adventure the Garmish-Partenkirich area has so much to offer!