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Garmisch-Partenkirchen (district)

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Statistics
State:Bavaria
Capital:Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Adm. Region:Oberbayern
Area:1012 km²
Inhabitants:86,600 (2000)
pop. density:86 inh./km²
Car identification:GAP
Homepage:landratsamt-gap.de (http://www.landratsamt-gap.de/)
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Map of Bavaria highlighting the district Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a district in Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the districts of Ostallgäu, Weilheim-Schongau and Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, and by the Austrian state of Tyrol.

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History

In medieval times the alpine lands were owned by the bishops of Freising and the abbots of the Ettal monastery. In 1803, when the clerical states of Germany were dissolved, the region was acquired by Bavaria.

Geography

The district is located in the Bavarian Alps and includes the highest mountain of Germany, the Zugspitze (2962 m). The highest peaks are grouped along the Austrian border, where the mountain ridges of the Wettersteingebirge and the Karwendelgebirge rise. Between them the Isar river runs northwards. North of these ridges there is a valley housing the tourist resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The valley together with the surrounding mountains is called the Werdenfelser Land. Further north the ridges of the Ammergebirge and the Estergebirge rise, which are still over 2000 m high. In the northernmost parts of the district there is alpine uplands (about 600 m high). Here the Staffelsee is located, a lake of 8 km².

Coat of arms

Coat of arms The coat of arms displays:
  • a lion with the head of a griffin, being the symbol of the monastery of Steingaden
  • a portrait of Corbinianus, the patron saint of the city of Freising
  • the blue and white checked pattern of Bavaria

Towns and municipalities

The district includes no towns. All places have the status of municipalities.

  1. Bad Bayersoien
  2. Bad Kohlgrub
  3. Eschenlohe
  4. Ettal
  5. Farchant
  6. Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  7. Grainau
  8. Großweil

  1. Krün
  2. Mittenwald
  3. Murnau am Staffelsee
  4. Oberammergau
  5. Oberau
  6. Ohlstadt
  7. Riegsee
  8. Saulgrub

  1. Schwaigen
  2. Seehausen
  3. Spatzenhausen
  4. Uffing
  5. Unterammergau
  6. Wallgau

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