Bavarian Basics to Moving Around Town
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
With a population of approximately 26,000 inhabitants, the small town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is not very large, but getting around the resort village is very easy. Your main options are walking, biking, bussing and driving – you’ll probably end up using a combination of all them during your stay!
Although it seems obvious, the easiest way to explore downtown Garmisch-Partenkirchen is on foot. Bring a good pair of walking shoes (or two) and head to the streets. Restaurants, cafÃ©s, and shops line cobblestone streets. Check out the souvenir shops, art galleries, and grab a cone of Italian gelato. There are two specified “pedestrian-only” zones, one in Garmisch starting at the Marienplatz and ending at the Kurpark and one in Partenkirchen along the historic Ludwigstrasse.
As with any other European town, a bike is also a popular mode of transportation. Bikes can be used for a leisurely outing through the town or can also provide a sweaty workout and alternative to exploring the area. There are more than 281 miles of bike paths that take riders through the Bavarian countryside. Most trains and buses allow bike storage, so it easy to transport your bicycle to and from. Bikes are also available for rent from The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort (open only to military ID card holders) and from several other bike shops in town. Stay on the bike paths and use your bell to warn pedestrians that you’re coming. Hard-core cyclists may want to pick up Garmisch’s “Cycling and Mountain Biking” guidebook from the Tourist Information Office for information on longer bike rides that take you outside of town.
The town also has a well-traveled bus system. For just one Euro, a person can ride anywhere in town one-way. If you’re going to be using the bus as your primary mode of transportation, you may want to consider a weeklong ticket or something similar. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes during the weekday and approximately every 40 minutes in the evenings and on weekends. Each bus stop, marked by a sign with a big green “H,” will have a map of bus routes and a schedule. Tickets can be purchased directly from the bus driver (keep in mind that they prefer small change).
And, if you have a car, it easy to drive around town as well. Visit any gas station, souvenir shop, or the tourist information office for a map of town. Parking is somewhat limited in a few areas, but keep your eye out for the white “P” on a blue sign for designated parking lots. In most places, there is a machine for you to pay in advance to park. After payment, place the receipt on your dashboard and then explore on foot.
If you don’t have a car, but still want the ease of a ride, taxis are available at any time of day. There are two main taxi stands, in the Marienplatz in front of McDonald’s and one in front of the train station. If you’re nearby, just walk up to the taxi drivers and let them know that you need a ride. It’s also possible to call the taxi stands, 08821-2408 (Marienplatz) or 08821-1616 (Train Station) and they will come pick you up for an added fee.