The city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located in southern Bavaria, almost on the border with Austria.
It was founded in 1935 from the union of the two cities of Garmisch and Partenkirchen and was the venue for the Olympic Winter Games (1936) and the Alpine Ski World Championships (1978 and 2011). This makes it the most famous ski area in Germany and one of the best known in Europe.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen will touch you with its originality, its liveliness and its Bavarian charm. It also houses some valuable monuments: the "old" parish church of St. Martin in Gothic style with old stained glass windows and frescoes depicting the Passion of Christ (15th century), the "new" church of the same name built between 1730 and 1734 which is just outside the Center and the pilgrimage church of St. Antony in the baroque style.
During your stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a visit to the Richard Strauss Villa, where the composer lived and where he sought refuge for writing, should not be missed.
During the Advent weekend there is an open air concert at the traditional Christmas market and a church concert with a local choir, where the musical traditions of Advent can be exchanged.
Arrival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the afternoon. Check-in to your hotel rooms.
Late afternoon open-air concert at the traditional Christmas market in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel.
Departure to visit Linderhof Palace and the Benedictine Abbey of Ettal.
Lunch in Oberammergau.
Return to the hotel and prepare for the Advent concert in the church with a local choir.
Typical Bavarian dinner in a beer cellar.
Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out and vacate the rooms.
Option 1) Transfer to the church for the mass service on the 3rd Sunday in Advent.
Option 2) Transfer to Neuschwanstein to visit the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Option 3) Take the cable car up to the Zugspitze (2962 m), the highest mountain in Germany.