Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a market town in southern Bavaria in the Oberbayern region. The town was formed in 1935 through the merger of Garmisch and Partenkirchen, two separate towns until then. It was the site of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. Today Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a tourist and winter sports centre and has some of Germany's best skiing areas. Near Garmisch-Partenkirchen lies the 2962m high Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.
In 1936 it was the site of the Winter Olympic Games. Traditionally, a ski jumping contest is held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on New Year's Day, as a part of the Four Hills Tournament (Vierschanzen-Tournee). A variety of Ski World Cup Races are also held here, usually on the Kandahar Track outside town. The 1978 Alpine World Ski Championships were organized in Garmisch and the 2011 Alpine World Ski Championships are to be held there as well.