The term “fairy-tale town” might have been overused to the point of cliché, but there is really no better adjective to describe Oberammergau, a little town sitting in the lap of the majestic Bavarian Alps. Since 1520, Oberammergau has celebrated its native art of wood carving, and you can still see amazing examples of the handicraft during your visit. Also, be prepared for your jaw to hit the floor at the sight of the frescoes in the Parish Church St. Peter and Paul, and feast your eyes on Lüftlmalerei (façade paintings) adorning the town’s buildings. Take the Kolben-Chair-Lift from Oberammergau to the Kolbensattel to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking landscape. For those seeking adventure, Oberammergau also promises a plethora of summer and winter sports.
Distance from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Approximately 19.2 kilometers (11.9 miles)
Germany’s third largest city, Munich, is filled to the brim with attractions, and exploring everything would take weeks. If you are there for a day, try to catch the highlights of the city, including the historic square of Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, Residenz, the English Garden, and Nymphenburg Palace. With limited time, it might be a wise idea to opt for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.
Distance from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Approximately 89 km (55.3 miles)
Dachau Concentration Camp
A visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp, standing as a memorial for the victims of the Holocaust, is sure to shake anyone to the core. Through several original and reconstructed settings and detailed information, the camp allows visitors to walk through the horrors of Nazism, including gas chambers, the paths taken by the prisoners, their sleeping chambers, and the chilling barbed fence that very few crossed alive.
Distance from Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Approximately 104 km (64.6 miles)