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Accommodation and Activities

Accomodation overview

For the Forum in 2021, the Forum team has secured about 75 rooms in the conference hotel ‘Biohotel Garmischer Hof’ and its sister hotel ‘Biohotel Bavaria’ (see below). Both are in walking distance of the conference center and pedestrian part of the city, and close to train or bus stations. Additional rooms and accommodation possibilities of all type can be booked through the tourist office (see below) which is aware of the Forum and has offered its personal support in finding appropriate accommodation for participants (including apartments where of interest). A third alternative is offered for participants with interest in youth hostel accommodation (no age limit) who could directly contact the new youth hostel “Moun10” which is close to the train station and the conference center.

The office is very supportive and flexible. As February is high season in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with very high prices for late-comers, we urge participants to reserve rooms as soon as possible, preferable by December 01, 2020.

Conference Hotel Garmischer Hof and Bavaria

The Forum has identified the "Bio-Hotel Garmischer Hof" (3*superior) as its central conference hotel. It is linked to its close-by sister hotel “Bio-Hotel Bavaria” (3*). Both hotels have been reserved exclusively for the Forum and offer rooms within a range of comfort and prices ranging from Euro 80 to Euro 150 per person and night. Room reservations for these hotels and the specification of the most appropriate room should be organized for 2021 (obs! changed from 2020) directly with the hotels (through e-mails). For information on room alternatives and hotel contacts see the conference accommodation list.

Garmischer Hof Hotel

Tourist office support

Tourist office support could be initiated through the enclosed reservation template (template PDF, template WORD) which you can send by e-mail (reservation@gapa.de) to the tourist office (Ms Becher) which will provide you with a number of alternatives to choose from. The personal contact is:
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus, attn. Ms Nicole Becher
Richard-Strauss-Platz 1a, D-82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
www.gapa.de, Phone: +49-8821-180-7434, Fax: +49-8821-180-7759
The office is very supportive and flexible. As February is high season in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with very high prices for late-comers, we urge participants to reserve rooms as soon as possible.

Bus services

Garmisch offers a free bus service for tourist with a tourist card from the hotel but not for business travelers who can get different types of bus tickets. The bus routes of primary interest are bus no. 2 which runs to two of the 3 major skiing area passing close to the conference center and the train station or the ski bus which runs from the train station to the Hausberg skiing area. All skiing areas are interconnected. Additional bus routes lead to sightseeing attractions nearby such as "Kloster Ettal" (monastery Ettal) or the Partnachklamm (Partnach-Gorge) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lVbFCXLKj4&feature=youtu.be).

Activities for skiers and non-skiers

The main skiing area is Garmisch Classic which can be reached through three different cable cars. The cable car at Garmisch "Hausberg" (easier skiing, ski-schools) can be reached in a few minutes with the official ski bus, the cable cars "Albspitzbahn" and "Kreuzeckbahn" (highest altitude) are located at the end of bus route no. 2 within about 15 min. All cable car stations can also be reached through the dedicated train “Zugspitzbahn” which starts at the train station and continues to the mountain Zugspitze. The ski bus is free of charge, the Zugspitzbahn is only free for owners of multiple-day ski-passes. Ski equipment can be rented (and stored) at the base stations of all cable cars.

For non-skiers, the city with its Bavarian style pedestrian area offers many opportunities including shops, caf√©s, restaurants, an impressive public indoor pool and wellness landscape, ice-skating opportunities and more. Day and half-day walking tours are being offered through the tourist office next door to the conference center which also provides recommendations for individual activities. With the Zugspitzbahn, one could reach the top of the mountain “Zugspitze”, with the cable car Albspitzbahn an impressive mountain view. All end stations of cable cars offer restaurants. It should be noted that Munich Central Station is less than 1 1/2 hrs away by train.