County of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Clear blue lakes, vast moors, unique embossed meadows, jagged peaks, dense mountain forests, rustic farms, imposing places of worship, charmingly painted house walls and the zealous preservation of age-old customs: The county of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a place steeped in Bavarian traditions and blessed by both nature and culture.


On the southern edge of the county of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (what used to be the Werdenfelser Land), the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountain ranges – including the Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak (2,962 m) – form the border with the Austrian state of Tyrol. To the north, the mountains level off to form the Alpine foothills, complete with a patchwork of countless lakes and expansive moors. More than half of the county is protected by nature and landscape conservation orders. Two of the best-known protected areas are the Ammer mountain range, Germany's biggest land-locked nature reserve, and the Murnauer Moos, Central Europe's biggest contiguous moor area.

The culture one encounters here is as vibrant and varied as the surroundings. The upper Isar valley accommodates Mittenwald, a renowned center of violin making. Richard Strauss lived and composed music in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Other claims to global fame are attached to the Oberammergau Passion Play, Ettal Abbey and Linderhof Palace, one of the residential palaces of Bavarian King Ludwig II. In the "Blauer Land" ("blue country") region around Murnau and the Staffelsee lake, cultural life is shaped to this day by The Blue Rider artists' group, including Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky, but also by author Ödön von Horváth. Stunning examples of the region's deep-rooted culture are its numerous churches and chapels, as are its traditional Christian-based customs, much in evidence at various local festivals and events.

Cross marking the summit of the Zugspitze © mauritius images

No-gaps recreational and healthcare facilities, the towering grandeur of nature and a unique legacy of culture and customs make the county of Garmisch-Partenkirchen a place where people love to live as much as others love to visit. Yet the county is also so much more than "just" a holiday destination. It is a designated Bavarian health region, as well as being an attractive place to do business at the southern tip of the Munich Metropolitan Region. Tourism operators understandably feel at home here, but so too do respected healthcare service providers, highly specialized technology companies and skilled craft firms of every conceivable lineage. Here between Germany's highest peak and the low-lying Staffelsee lake, things could not be more conducive to a healthy work-life balance – thanks in part to the county's excellent social infrastructure and variegated educational offerings.



Links and who to contact

Stephan Scharf 

Garmisch-Partenkirchen County Administration Office
County Commissioner's Office -
Press and PR Officer

Phone: +49 (0)8821 751-282



Sebastian Kramer

Zugspitz Region GmbH

Tel. +49 (0) 8821/751-561


Philipp Holz

Zugspitz Region GmbH

Tel. +49 (0) 8821/751-561