After a morning of major grocery shopping we decided to explore Garmisch- Partenkirchen. As the name suggests the town is in fact two towns which were brought together for the 1936 Winter Olympics. Today the town is a major winter-sports destination
After visiting the tourist office and the rail station to find out how to go up the Zugspitz we explored first the Garmisch part of the town. The town had a busy shopping area but just off the centre was the more tranquil Kurpark. Of course this had the obligatory band stand and also an interesting collection of old model alpine houses.
From there we made our way to the Olympic Ski Stadium The stadium was built for the 1936 games and its style was very austere and a reminder of the Nazi period in German history. Today there is a modern ski jump where every year a New Years Day Ski Jump competition takes place.
We then explored the Partenkirchen part of the town. It had a very attractive main street with excellent examples of Luftmalerei or house murals and some quaint shops.