Garmisch-Patenkirchen in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany was founded by uniting the 2 towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen by a decree of Adolf Hitler to bring the 1936 Winter Olympics to Germany. The Olympic Committee was going to pass over Germany as the host as there were not enough hotel rooms in the host town, so Hitler forced the unification of Garmisch and Partenkirchen to create a larger town, which would be more appealing. Now it is one of Germany’s premier tourist ski town with great hiking, skiing, and biking opportunities. It lies a few kilometers from the Austrian border and is less than an hour by car from Munich - the ride is mostly a beautiful stretch of Autobahn. Expect to drive up to 3 hours on weekends and public holidays. Trains leave to and from Munich every hour, a 90 min ride on the local and 60 mins on the express. It is also a great end to a Romantic Road day trip beginning in Rothenburg, stopping at various recommended heritage towns and ending in Garmisch as it is a good base to drive out to Fuessen [King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein castle] and Innsbruck/Austria along some spectacular mountain drives.