Wacky ol’ Germany never fails to amuse. From bosom-boasting yodellers to spontaneous outbursts of slap-dancing in lederhosen, skiing at the true Alpine classic of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a cultural must. The Bavarians, in particular, never fail to find rewarding uses for their favourite tipple, such as the not-yet-famous warm beer shooter topped with whipped cream that’s cheerfully served by the ski-full at Gasthof Fraundorfer in Partenkirchen. Fun fact: the two villages of Garmisch and Partenkirchen were joined as one by the Führer in a successful bid for the 1936 Winter Olympics. These Games saw Willy Bogner take the Olympic oath and Great Britain beat Canada at hockey. Locals continue to find this bit of Hitler’s town planning a source of irritation, though we think a ride on the Wank Bahn is a pleasurable way to take their minds off their troubles. And skiing on Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, with its snow-sure glacier and impressive views, is always a treat. Only one hour from Munich.
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