The quest to bring the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Munich has begun. A plan is in place for athletes with ice events in the Munich Olympic Park; snow events in nearby Garmisch - Partenkirchen; and sliding events at Lake Konigssee.

Garmisch - Partenkirchen, 97 kilometres southwest of Munich, already made history as a venue for the Olympics in 1936 when for the first time Alpine skiing competitions took place at Olympia; slalom events at Mount Gudiberg; and downhill competitions at Mount Kreuzeck.

If Garmisch - Partenkirchen is chosen, then it will be one of the few winter sports resorts to have hosted the Winter Olympics twice, along with St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Cortina d'Ampezzo, and Lake Placid.

The International Olympic Committee won't make a decision on where to hold the 2018 Winter Games won't until the summer of 2011.

Garmisch - Partenkirchen (700-2830m), 1.5 hour's drive from Munich, is probably the most popular resort in Germany. Three mountains are well connected offering 62 kilometres of pistes (42 slopes) for all levels. The main ski area is set on the Hausberg, Kreuzeck, and Osterfelder runs. The town of Garmisch is lined with 100 restaurants, 30 bars, and five discos. There are also plenty of shops to browse and even a casino.

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