The summer in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Our beautiful mountain valley and landscape offer countless opportunities for everyone - sports, relaxation, culture and tradition. 


300 kilometers of marked hiking trails means there is something for everyone. You will find everything from short, easy hiking tours to demanding mountain tours for experienced mountaineers. The one thing all tours have in common is our beautiful mountains around Garmisch-Partenkirchen with colorful, blooming mountain meadows, crystal clear mountain streams and idyllic mountain huts. So find your individual dream tour using the GaPa tour planner or discover one of our favorite tours.

Tour Höllentalangerhütte


Nordic Walking - fit with two sticks!

Nordic Walking is considered to be one of the healthiest sports to strengthen the cardiovascular system and improve fitness. Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding area are ideally suited for Nordic Walking with numerous comfortable walking paths. In the midst of beautiful nature, this sport becomes a unique experience.

There are various weekly Nordic Walking tours offered by GaPa Tourism with a professional trainer.


Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers several varied climbing routes, including a route around the Alpspitze and in the Wetterstein Mountains. Climbers are rewarded with a fantastic view of the surrounding mountain ranges. In the Oberreintal, a local climbing mecca, experienced climbers will find alpine, well-secured routes. The “Alpspitz-Ferrata” (2,628 meters) offers a fabulous view of the Loisach valley on one side and down into the Höllental valley on the other. A tempting challenge for experienced alpinists is the Jubiläumsgrat, one of the most spectacular ridge traverses in the Alps.

Families may enjoy the local Bouldering Hall or the Kletterwald ropes course.

Biking and Mountain Biking

In Garmisch-Partenkirchen you will definitely find more than enough cycling opportunities. The well-signed cycling network of more than 450 kilometers offers the right thing for cyclists of all abilities. Whether a relaxed excursion for families with children, a demanding mountain tour or a rapid downhill. Discover nature on two wheels and enjoy varied bike excursions in Garmisch.

If you don't have a bike or mountain bike with you, there are several location to rent bicycles and mountain bikes.

Our mountain bike tour tips:

LevelDistanceDuration timeAscent
Plansee-Tour easy43 km3-4 Std. 300 vertical meter
medium56 km4-5 Std.970 vertical meter
Wetterstein roundcourse
hardcore80 km8-9 Std.2423 vertical meter


Crystal clear water - bathing and relaxing in nature. Enjoy the wonderful lakes and natural river pools. Lakes and rivers can be  refreshing and invigorating or beneficial and relaxing. The area around Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a multitude of idyllic lakes and natural pools for hot summer days. Each one has its own unique flair and beauty. Whether with the family or alone - you are sure to find a new favorite place here! Our favorite lakes are the Eibsee, Pflegeersee, Rießersee or Geroldsee. The most beautifully located natural outdoor pool is the outdoor pool in Oberau.

The Alpspitz wave pool ensures action in the cool water when the weather doesn't cooperate. 


Those who prefer to look at the idyllic landscape around Germany's highest mountain from above will find the best opportunity to do so. The area around Garmisch-Partenkirchen is well known for paragliding! You will be amazed by the sights of countless mountain peaks, valleys, villages and lakes. Book your tandem flight with Aerotaxi


If you want to experience a very special adventure don’t miss a rafting trip along the Loisach. A whitewater school offers the beautiful kayaking, canoeing and canyoning tours in the region. Your vacation is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. You can find all tour operators here.


Even golf fans don't have to forego their favorite hobby when on holiday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. There are 23 golf courses, within an hour’s drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Some are in the immediate vicinity, other’s in neighboring Austria. The Land- und Golfclub Werdenfels (9-hole course) and the Golfclub Garmisch-Partenkirchen (18-hole course), for example, are located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and offer a wonderful natural backdrop. 


For those enthusiastic about art, culture and customs, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers  diverse and multifaceted cultural offerings. Find out more about museums & exhibitions, theater & concerts as well as tradition & handicraft in the region!

Much in the Bavarian Alps is just waiting to be discovered. The numerous sights in Garmisch-Partenkirchen itself, the many excursion destinations in the area, such as Linderhof Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle from King Ludwig II. Every year in July and August, you can also experience Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s own version of Octoberfest called “Fest Woche”. The local folk dancers and musicians perform and everyone comes out to see and be seen.