Visitor reviews for Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze Ski Resort
March 10, 2015
Smithy from United Kingdom
Skied here in the February school holidays; have never skied in Germany before but heard some good reviews. I found this place a charming skiing resort; very beautiful place. We stayed in the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten which was centrally based and opposite the train station. You could access Hausberg lifts by either train or bus but as I was skiing with the family we caught a taxi each day which was 10 Euros each. I assume, as it was school holidays, the lift queues were longer than normal but nothing too bad. The slopes were in fantastic condition and were helped by blue skies all week. There are not enough slopes to keep you occupied all week unless you don’t mind skiing the same runs. Good variation of difficulty of runs. This resort is really good value, nothing like the prices you pay in France. If the resort has good snow fall and you want a nice ski break you have to consider Garmisch; cheap flights to Munich and the train only takes you 90 minutes.
Overall: 4.2. Based on 4 votes and 10 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze.
Public Transport: 4.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.7
(1) There are no snow groomers at Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.2
(1) Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.5
(1) The staff at Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.3
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.3
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.7
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.7
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.7
(1) Overall, Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, Garmisch-Partenkirchen-Zugspitze is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 23, 2012
Tony from United Kingdom
Went skiing for a weekend in February 2012, stayed at the excellent Hostel der Athleten which is right by the Olympic ski jump.
Snow conditions were perfect and despite being advised this was the busiest weekend of the year we did not find long waits at lifts or the slopes crowded. The queues there were very polite and orderly, and the lift systems 1st class, very impressed. Skiing area is not massive so a weekend was enough to ski all the 'Classic' area, we did not go up to the Zugspitze as the conditions closed in a bit on the 2nd day. The Kandahar run and the other runs down to the valley are superb and long if the snow is good all the way down (which it was when we were there). We hired ski's etc from the ski school at the bottom of the Hausberg lift, again very well organised. We ate at the Fraundorfer (trad Bavarian) and a Pizza place down the road in the Partenkirchen area (which was very pretty), Late nights there is only one place to go, Peaches in the Marianplatz area was great fun, check out their Mega Zombie cocktails if you are feeling brave and there is enough of you. Will defo be back as its only an hours drive from Munich, so can easily tag a weekend on the end of a work meeting.
February 23, 2011
Derion from Greece
I was there on 19th February 2011. Very good ski center. However, I prefer Garmisch Classic (refer to my review there). The good thing with Zugspitze is the high elevation (it is a glacier) with means snow reliability. When I was there, it had not snowed for 3 weeks. However, pistes were very well groomed. The snow was good except in Super G piste, where it was really frozen and difficult / dangerous to ski. Zugspitze is a bit limited. One can ski the whole ski center in 1 day. It is best suitable for intermediate. To reach Zugspitze one has to travel from Munich to Garmisch by train (90 min) and then take from Garmisch Zahnradbahn (80 min more). ticket for the lift (including ticket for Zahnradbahn 38 euro). Total ski set rental available up to the Glacier at about 30 euro. A nice place to ski, although I prefer Garmisch Classic
April 23, 2010
Martin from United Kingdom
I went to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for skiing in February 2010 and had a great time.
There are two separate ski areas, Classic and Zugspitze. Classic is closest to town: 8-10 minutes to most chair lifts and cable cars on the Zugspitze bahn. The lower couple of hundred meters on the Classic area is covered by snow cannon. Zugspitze is located on top of a mountain glacier at over 2400 metres. To get there you have to take the Zugspitze mountain railway and the journey takes 1 hour 15 minutes. The first train is at 8:15am and then at hourly intervals. To get in a good day's skiing you really have to get on the 8:15 train. On my first day I turned up to buy my lift pass at 9:15 and had to then wait an hour for the next train, so it was 11:30 before I started skiing... lesson learned. If the weather is clear on Zugspitze it makes for an excellent day's skiing. On mountain prices in both areas at Garmisch-Partenkirchen for food and drink are reasonable for ski resorts... 6-10€ for a main course and 3-4€ for a beer in cafeteria service places. Zugspitze also has an a la carte bar which is 10-20€ for main courses. Both ski areas are aimed squarely at intermediates. There's only 2 black runs, and they are both do-able for intermediates like myself. The skiing standard of other guests is not as high here as it is over the border on Austria so you won't feel like too much of a clown. If you buy the “Happy Ski Card” (99€ for 3 days but there are longer duration passes available) you can also ski in nearby resorts of Seefeld, Reith, Grainau, Ehrwald, Lermoos, Biberwier, Bichlbach, Berwang and Heiterwang; some of which can be reached by the “Schnee Express” train from the main station and is free for those staying at hotels, guesthouses and apartments in Garmisch-Patenkirchen. It's best for a short break than a main holiday. I managed to ski all the pistes of Classic and Zugspitze in 3 days.
Garmisch Partenkirchen is a regular German town but with skiing nearby so you're not locked into skiing for your whole holiday if you feel like doing something else. It's very well connected to Munich and Innsbruck by train. Overall, it was a great all round experience and good value and I'll definitely be back.
March 25, 2009
Martin from United Kingdom
I have been visiting Garmisch (Garmisch-Partenkirchen) now for about twelve years and first went there whilst posted to Germany with the airforce. It really is a great place to visit, and very accessible from either Munich or Innsbruck. The town is larger than most ski resorts with a lot of facilities such as ice hockey and ski jumping stadiums and large swimming pool. Many people have family homes there and commute to Munich for work so it also has a different, more settled, atmosphere than typical ski resorts. The skiing is good and has a range of areas from tree lined slopes to the village on the Hausberg to snow sure skiing on the Zugspitze, many of the old lifts have also been replaced now by high speed chair lifts and gondolas. It's great to catch the cog train from the Hausberg or Grinau up to the Zugspitze, it’s a magical experience as you go up the mountain side looking at the scenery and Eibsee lake below. There is also some good cross country and ski touring to be had at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From Garmisch you can catch the local train round to Mittenwald and get access to the large cross county ski areas there and over the border to Seefeld. Catch the train the other way and you can go round to Lermoos, a powder snow tip from the locals. Another tip is to catch the old cable car from the Olympic stadium to the Partnachkalm restaurant, and then walk back down the Partnachklamm gorge itself, or the other way round. There are spectacular frozen waterfalls and icicles above the white water river below. The cable car is from the 1920’s, I think, and only holds about 4 people. Weekends are very busy at Garmisch-Partenkirchen with skiers driving down from Munich, also during the holiday periods in late January or February when it gets really crowded. My advice would be to try and go to Garmisch-Partenkirchen during early January or late February to March. Check out the snow conditions and book late. Sometimes I have gone to large resorts in France with friends which have larger ski areas but they have no atmosphere or character, and other than skiing there isn’t a lot else to do. If you want a nice all round Alpine holiday with the chance to do some sight seeing as well, and somewhere good for kids, Garmisch (Garmisch-Partenkirchen) is a great choice.
March 17, 2009
millsy from United Kingdom
Just returned from GAP (Garmisch-Partenkirchen) having had a great time. Flew to Munich, caught the train, one change and straight to GAP; easy. Skied all the different areas in a few days; Hausberg and it's neighbouring area are gernerally tree lined, ideal when a storm socks in, whilst Zugspite offers glacier cruising. Villages are picture postcard pretty at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with a few lively bars such as The Irish Pub and Zubel. Stayed at the Hotel Leiner which was clean and comfortable with sauna and pool. If you're after a short break GAP (Garmisch-Partenkirchen) provides an interesting alternative.
March 21, 2008
Dick Darcy from United States
I have been going to GAP off and on over the past 23 years, beginning with my final tour in Europe (I am retired military). This is a fairyland nestled in the shadow of the Bavarian Alps, featuring the highest peak in Germany (Zugspitze). Even if the skiing weather is bad, there are lots of things to tour, such as a cheese factory at Ettal and a Basillica built in the 14th Century. Don't limit yourself to the Edelweisse Resort Hotel if accommodations are not available. There are plenty of hotels downtown (near the bahnhof) that are excellent--and they include a hearty breakfast in the daily price. Moreover a no-charge ski bus leaves the bahnhof for the U.S. Military Hausberg Lodge and German sponsored bahn (lift) every twenty minutes beginning at 8:40am. If you are not military related, there are ample German rental shops and ski schools at the base of the lift. Last bus in the evening is 16:50 hours. If you miss the bus, take the Bavarian cog train that comes by at 17:45 or simply walk back to you hotel (if authorized, leave your boots at the Hausberg Lodge for a mominal charge $US). And don't forget the Irish pub in Partenkirchen--fellowship, beer and sports on TV. Try the Italian restaurant next door for food. Go up to Ludwig Strasse in old Partenkirchen and be charmed by the medieval atmosphere and the fine restaurants. There are souvenir shops there as well. Only those with hearts of feldspar could resist the charms of this site of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. So jump on a flight to Munchen, take the S-bahn to the Hauptbahnhof, and trek to track 29 or 30 for an approximately 90 minute train ride to beer, wurst and gleuwein. You will never forget this place.
December 10, 2007
wolfram h. stolle from United States
I live in Florida, US. I recently [Nov-2007] took a trip to Garmisch and surrounding areas. Being retired from the military, I stayed at the American Compound, at the Hotel Edelweiss. Every day was more breathtaking, surrounded by tall glaciers. All the tops were snowcapped and the air was so refreshing to my lungs, I was overwhelmed by so much natural scenery. I strongly recommend Garmisch/Partenkirchen,Greinau,Bodensee and Zugspitze, you'll never forget this place. It's like you are walking around in a fairytale land, especially during wintertime.
July 05, 2004
Paul from Netherlands
Te highest point of Germany. Nice place, big too, for a ski town. Mountain isn't huge but so long as you don't leave it till late in the season, the lower slopes will be ski-able too.
It made an great weekend, though I'm not too sure if it would keep me interested for a whole week.
Be warned though, they don't seem to close the slopes when the conditions drop, so if you start seeing grass and mud, head up higher on the zugspits.
March 13, 2004
David Kanitra from United States
Garmisch by far is one of the nicest places on earth to visit. I have been here over 10 times. With wonderful mountain ranges and scenic walks this is a must see for any traveler. Take time to walk thru the town and visit the shops, or take the Zugspitzebahn to Grainau and walk to the Badersee. I cannot wait to return....