Written by Wildcat Dianne on 25 Sep, 2007
After the spectacular trip to Neuschwanstein and lunch in Hohenschwangau, we were on the bus for a run through Bavaria, Germany before heading back to Innsbruck, Austria, our homebase for our final night in town. We made two stops on the way back into Austria…Read More
After the spectacular trip to Neuschwanstein and lunch in Hohenschwangau, we were on the bus for a run through Bavaria, Germany before heading back to Innsbruck, Austria, our homebase for our final night in town. We made two stops on the way back into Austria into Oberammergau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. They are two small towns in Bavaria, but they are very important to the German people in many ways.
Our next stop on our Bavarian sojurn was to the small town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Located in the Bavarian Alps, this popular ski resort is known as the sight of the 1936 Winter Olympics, which was the last time in Olympic History that the Games were held in the same country in one year, and it was another of Hitler's excuses to spread Nazi propaganda and brag about German supremacy in the world. Norwegian figure skater Sonia Henie won her record third gold medal in her sport, and this has not been repeated since.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen was before 1936 two separate towns, but they were combined to form one town in time for the Winter Olympics, and there is a bit of a rivalry between the two parts of the town.Besides being a world-class ski and alpine sports center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding villages is known for its wood carving and porcelain doll industries. Many shops in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sell intricately carved wood carvings in many shapes and forms as souvenirs. Many of the carvings have a religious theme since Bavaria is a predominately Catholic state.We stopped in one of these little shops on our short stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The wood carvings were beautiful to look at, but the object that stole my eye was a beautiful porcelain doll with blonde hair in a German-style braid and a pink dress with a white apron over it. The price was right and after paying the cashier for it, the doll was mine and safely packed for the long trip home to Rhode Island the next day. If you go to Oberammergau when the Passion Plays are going on, make your hotel reservations way in advance, or you will be out of luck since the hotels book up fast for the Passion Plays. Garmisch-Partenkirchen's high time is in the Winter when skiiers from all over the world congregate there to ski and participate in other alpine sports. There are several skiing and ski-jumping competitions during this time, so hotel rooms might be scarce at this time unless you book ahead of time.Both Oberammergau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen are well-worth a day trip in your travels through Bavaria.