Skiing & Hiking

Garmisch has two big ski fields: the Zugspitze plateau (2964m) and the Classic Ski Area (Alpspitze, 2628m; Hausberg, 1340m; Kreuzeck, 1651m). Local buses serve all the valley stations. Cross-country ski trails run along the main valleys, including a long section from Garmisch to Mittenwald. If you're a beginner, expect to pay around €60 per day for group ski lessons, around €45 per hour for private instruction.

The area around Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also prime hiking and mountaineering territory. The tourist office website has a superbly interactive tour-planning facility to help you plot your way through the peaks on foot, and many brochures and maps are also available with route suggestions for all levels. Hiking to the Zugspitze summit is only possible in summer and is only recommended for those with experience in mountaineering.