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THE LITTLE TOWNS THAT GREW
Sometimes it pays to think
BIG. Take the little communities
of Garmisch and Partenkirchen,
sitting prettily in the Werdenfels
Valley of Upper Bavaria. For
centuries they were just that -
pretty little towns where people
liked to hike and ski, and join in
traditional Bavarian festivities.
Then in 1935 they merged, to
become the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Still not of city proportions, they were large enough to
successfully bid for the following year's Winter Olympic Games.
After that there was no turning back.
International recognition came with those
games, as did super sports facilities, hotels
and spas. 1978 brought the prestigious
Alpine Ski World Championships, for which
trails were extended, hospitality and sports
facilities modernized. Now, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is internationally acclaimed as
Germany's winter-sport capital. As such it is
twinned with Aspen, Colorado, and attracts
outdoors enthusiasts from all over.