In winter Garmisch-Partenkirchen traditionally becomes the meeting point of the winter sport elite. Don't miss the chance and see the breathtaking race with your own eyes!
Garmisch-Partenkirchen originated and developed as a winter sports and Olympic resort. The legendary ski jumping hill (Große Olympiaschanze) and the Gudiberg, the Kandahar Ski Piste and the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn Railway have witnessed hundreds of world records. From the Ski World Championship and the Four Hills Tournament to the renowned Partenkirchen Horn Sled Race - experience the international winter sports events live.
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Known for its 'typically Garmisch' character, the event takes place annually in the last week of December directly in the Garmisch centre. Just within one day the pedestrian zone is transformed into a small biathlon arena. The 500 meters' long running track requires 40 tons of snow. Entrance is free!
New Year's Ski Jumping
Nowadays a part of the famous Four Hills Tournament, the New Year's Ski Jumping has been a must-see of the winter holiday week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for almost 100 years. The Four Hills Tournament belongs to the most prestigious ski jumping competitions worldwide, along with the Olympic Games, Ski Jumping World Cup and the Nordic Ski World Championships.
Kandahar Ski Race
The Arlberg-Kandahar (AK) Ski Race, also known as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, takes place in February on the Kandahar ski piste in the Garmisch-Classic Ski Area. The Kandahar ski run is considered to be one of the most demanding tracks in the alpine ski world championships. The piste owes its name to the English army commander Frederick ‚Earl of Kandahar‘ Roberts, that won the trophy during the first classic downhill race in 1911 - the British Kandahar Ski Club, that organized the first Arlberg-Kandahar Ski Race events, bore his name.
Partenkirchen Horn Sled Race
For over 50 years the Partenkirchen Horn Sled Race takes place on January 6 (the Three Wise Men holiday in German tradition) on the downhill track from the Partnachalm Chalet to the Ski Stadium. The race that started as a private bet now attracts fans from many countries and has become a highlight of the local sports and cultural landscape by itself.
Founded in Garmisch in 1920, the Riessersee Sports Club is known primarily for its ice hockey team that won 10 German championships between 1927 and 1981. The team is based at the Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum arena in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Along with ice hockey, the ice stadium hosts other ice sports events as well.
Beside the above, there are many other events in the neighborhood you can visit or take part in. Be it guided tours or cultural highlights, winter time is rich in events and activities. Take a look at the Event Calender!