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Trip Report Winter Wonderland: Trip report on Garmisch for the holidays

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Ever since my husband and I were upgraded to a spacious suite in the Partenkirchener hotel on a fall trip about 15 years ago, we have been saying to each other how nice it would be to bring our kids to Garmisch for Christmas. Well this year, we finally did it and it was every bit as magical as we had envisioned. We actually went the day after Christmas-allowing my now grown and married daughter to spend actual Christmas with her in-laws and saving us about $300 per ticket in air fare, but we spent 6 days in Garmisch including New Years Eve and one day in Munich before flying home. There were 5 of us, my son, daughter, son-in-law, husband and myself, and all of us agreed that the time could not have been more perfect. A wish fulfilled.

Hotel problems and joys
I first started thinking about the trip in June possibly spurred on by an air conditioner outage at my new home in Florida. That was when I learned how much airfares declined the day after Christmas. I had always thought it might be cheapest to actually fly on Christmas Day, but not so. My next shock was hotel availability. Though I was looking 5 months out, every major hotel I checked on the internet with immediate availability response was completely filled. Others had a 7 or 10 day stay requirement and even some of those were filled. I sent out 25 e-mails to smaller hotels and guesthouses I found on a Garmisch tourism site requesting availability information and received 7 replies of which 5 were-No vacancy. The rest presumably did not bother to respond because they were full as well. I checked places in small villages surrounding Garmisch and found the same problem. I got positively panicky, especially considering that I needed not one but three rooms. I was able to get a single for my son at the downtown, well-known Clausings Post Hotel but I got the impression it was the last room available in their rather large hotel. Then finally I got a pleasant reply from an unknown, small-20 room- hotel in a residential neighborhood that looked cute enough on their website and I jumped on it. The Edelweiss turned out to be a perfect gem of a place and contributed immensely to our overall euphoria on the trip.

Given that hotels have such high occupancy at this time of the year, you would expect to also find high rates. Again, not so. Though my son initially found his single at Clausings Posthotel only serviceable, when he learned that it was only 70 euros a night, he changed his assessment to-a really good deal. His hotel also served the rather useful purpose of providing a meeting place for us. He skied 4 of the 6 days we were in GAP and so we'd meet at his hotel restaurant and have drinks while we waited for him to shower after his day of skiing before we took off as a group for our evening activities. The hotel also has a charming bar where we often ended our day.

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