They live where others spend their holidays: the tourist guides of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. With their comprehensive knowledge and their passion for arts and history they show interested guests the most beautiful facets of the town at the foot of Zugspitze.
After a qualification course in cooperation with Garmisch-Partenkirchen tourism and the adult education centre, the guest guide association with its 27 members was founded in 2009. During the walking tours the guides provide you with all the important information on the town at the foot of Zugspitze. On top of that guests also get the opportunity to do tours of the beautiful region and visit its beautiful castles, churches and monasteries. If you only spend a few hours in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Sibylle Pander from the guest guide association recommends: ‘In that case you’d have to compromise and decide on one of the parts of the town to visit – Garmisch or Partenkirchen.’
One topic will definitely be part of the guided tour: ‘Lüftlmalerei’, a special kind of wall painting. The artistic decorations on the houses’ facades characterise the town and are really hard to miss. Partenkirchen’s Ludwigstrasse in particular is known for the numerous Lüftlmalereien. ‘However in 1865 almost all houses in Ludwigstrasse, including the church, were destroyed in a fire. So in the 20th century new paintings were made that are very true to the originals’, Sibylle Pander explains. Aside from architectural paintings, images depicting religious or historic scenes are very popular.
Garmisch, that part of the town that seems almost city-like with its pedestrian zone, true gems are hidden all around the Alte Kirche (old church). The facades of the inn ‘Husar’ and the ‘Bräustüberl’ right next to it are well worth a visit. Here the painter Heinrich Bickel also left his mark on the interior.
Despite the recent surge in tourism apps and travel tips on the internet, the guest guide remains unperturbed: ‘A guide can answer our guests’ questions and react to each individual group. No app can do that.’ Consequently, Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s guest guides will be around for a while longer.
Guided tours through Partenkirchen:
All year round: Fridays at 10 am / ca. 1.5 hours
Meeting place: Sebastianskircherl, Ludwigstrasse
Guided tours through Garmisch:
All year round: Sundays at 10 am / ca. 1.5 hours
Meeting place: Tourist Infor, Richard-Strauss-Platz
8 € with guest card, locals, students with student ID;
10 € without discount; Children aged 12 or younger free of charge
Minimum number of participants: 4 paying persons, no registration necessary; subject to modifications.