Surroundings / Attractions

Guests at the “Hotel & Gasthof Schatten” can leave their car safely in the garage. Hiking trails, attractions and shops are just a short distance away and can be easily reached on foot or by public transport. Local buses can be used free of charge with the visitor’s card. Whether you are looking for sports activities, cultural attractions or comfort, there are leisure activities for all tastes, ages and types of weather in the surrounding area.

This is just a small selection.

Zugspitze

Surroundings Zugspitze can be easily reached via the railroad from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station in just over one hour. Alternatively, you can arrive by the Eibsee-cable car from Eibsee in just 10 minutes.
Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain and the main mountain peak of the Zugspitze massif. It is where the Wetterstein main crest (border between Austria and Germany), the Blassen crest and the Waxenstein crest all come together. Two glaciers are situated in the massif – the Schneeferner and the Höllentalferner.
Lieutenant Josef Naus, his assistant Maier and the alpine guide Johann Georg Deutschl were the first people to ascend Zugspitze in 1820 on behalf of the Royal Bavarian Topographical Institute. Nowadays, thousands of skiers and snowboarders flock to the Zugspitze plateau during winter time and the mountain peak can be visited virtually throughout the year. And the view is truly something to behold – when the skies are clear, you can see several hundred kilometers over the Alps.

Linderhof palace

You can reach the smallest and the only completed castle of King Ludwig II by car via Oberau and Ettal or by public transportation (RVO buses) via Oberammergau.
The Bavarian king had the palace built in the style of 18th century architecture and it was constructed between 1870 and 1879. It was clearly appealing to King Ludwig II as he spent approximately eight years there. Visitors marvel at the catafalque of the regent in his royal bed-chamber and the sinking table in the dining room which allowed the King to dine without the presence of his servants. The 50 hectare artistic chateau park also accommodates the Venus Grotto, the Moorish Kiosk, the Moroccan House, the so called King”s Cottage, as well as the Huding”s Hut and the artificial grotto with the “Open Sesame” rock.

Ruins of Werdenfels Castle

The Ruins of the Werdenfels Castle is located approximately 80 meters above the Loisach Valley – between Garmisch and Farchant. From the ”Sonnenbichl” bus stop it is roughly a thirty minute walk away.
The Ruins of the Werdenfels Castle is located approximately 80 meters above the Loisach Valley – between Garmisch and Farchant. From the ”Sonnenbichl” bus stop it is roughly a thirty minute walk away and there is a quaint restaurant nearby.
History: The castle was built between the 12th to 13th century and was used as an administrative center of the Werdenfels Countship up until 1632. Following this date, it began to corrode and from 1676, the Vest was used as a stone pit and many of the stones of the castle were used for the construction of the baroque parish churches in Farchant and Garmisch. During 1905-06, the castle walls were secured and partially reconstructed and after the mural crown was secured from 1961-63, further reconstruction measures were commenced in 1986 and these works remain ongoing.

Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge)

From the “Olympia-Skistadion” bus stop (line 1 and 2) it is an approximately 30 minute walk to reach the entrance of the Partnach gorge. Alternatively, you can arrive in the splendor of the horse-drawn carriages.
At a length of approximately 800 meters, the Partnach has cut vertically into the rocks and formed a spectacular gorge that extends 80 meters in depth. As early as 1912, the Partnach gorge was declared a natural monument and it has attracted millions of visitors since this date. The slightly ascending path branches away after the gorge and takes you to the mountain village of Vordergraseck. Here it directly leads to further alpine destinations in the Wetterstein mountain range. For those who are brave, you can cross the passes at a height of 68 meters via the iron bridge and reward yourself with a bite to eat at the Partnach-Alm (cottage) or the Grasecker restaurants.

Olympic Ski Jump

From the center of Partenkirchen you can experience the Olympic Ski Stadium. This can be reached on foot – along the Riedhängen – or by bus (lines 1 and 2).
As long ago as 1921, the ski jump was the home of the historic New Years Ski Jump. And during the 1936 Olympic Winter Games, the ski jump competitions were held at the big ski jump. Subsequently, the Ski Stadium was then reconstructed and expanded for the 1940 Olympic Winter Games which were also due to take place in Garmisch.
Up until recently, the big ski jump was the oldest one of its kind to be used in the World Cup and was fondly referred to as ”The Grand Dame”. On 14th April 2007, the approach tower and the referee tower were demolished to accommodate the new facilities. And following intensive preparatory work, the new approach tower (a 650 ton steel construction) was erected between 27th November and 28th November 2007 and inaugurated on 21st December of the same year. The first jump was made by Felix Schorft, a young talent from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He managed to jump a highly impressive 132 meters.

Höllentalklamm

From Hammersbach (district of the town Grainau) – where the buses head in the direction of Eibsee – there is an approximately 3 kilometer footpath (300 meters altitude difference) leading you through a narrow valley to the entrance of the gorge. The 700 meter footpath (entrance fee applies) leads through the narrow passes in which the Hammersbach (a creek) becomes a rapid mountain torrent.

The hiking trails lead to Höllentalangerhütte (lodge) and later on to Zugspitze, Osterfelderkopf, Alpspitz or further challenging destinations of the Wetterstein mountain range. An attractive path back to Hammersbach will take you along the so called “Stangensteig” which was once used by the miners when the mine situated there was in operation.

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