Garmisch-Partenkirchen, one of Germany's leading winter resorts, is expecting around 30,000 spectators to congregate in the resort to watch its famous New Year's Ski Jump Jan. 1.
This annual event, one of the most famous ski jumping events in the world, has been taking place here for 60 years. It is broadcast worldwide and is actually the second jump of the Four Hills Tournament. Tickets are now on sale; available online or call +49-8821-798-273.
Another highlight of the new year is the Bavarian Hornschlitten - a traditional wooden sledging competition which takes place Jan. 6. The 1.2-kilometre ‘High Path' leads from the Alpine hut Partnachalm down to the Hornschlitten Club Partenkirchen. Contestants speed down the slopes at more than 100 kilometres per hour - accidents are all part of the game.
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 nearby ski area of Zugspitze has Germany's highest mountain (2962 m). 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.