Garmisch-Partenkirchen – a feel-good health resort
Relaxing and recovering in Bavaria
Some places just make you feel good – you’ll notice that immediately. All of a sudden, you breathe a little more freely, feel lighter and have a hint more energy than usual.
The ancient Greeks already knew about this effect – today, science can prove it. As a climatic health resort, Garmisch-Partenkirchen combines a number of factors that make it easy to feel good from head to toe. Low levels of allergens, little fog, barely any hot and humid days but lots of sunny ones instead – all these attributes make the Bavarian mountain resort a true haven of peace. The atmosphere takes some weight off your shoulders and helps you to relax and to balance body and mind.
back to the roots of the cure tradition
It all started with the iodine and sulphur springs in the Kainzenbad. In the 1890s to 1930s, the first health resort was built and the first "high-ranking strangers" came for 4 to 8 weeks of treatment. The "summer visitors" were followed by the first ski guests, who even then appreciated the positive effects of the healthy air and the altitude in addition to the sporting pleasures.
What people felt back then has long since been scientifically proven and is continuously monitored: the special healing climate in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Here, gentle factors and stimulating stimuli can be dosed in such a way that individual health is promoted. Detrimental factors are excluded as far as possible. Constant medical and meteorological checks guarantee air quality and therapeutic effects.
A premium-class climatic health resort
The iodine- and sulphur-rich springs in the Kainzenbad came first – followed by the construction of the first health facility. Then, everything happened very quickly: Garmisch-Partenkirchen became a popular destination for summer holiday guests and relaxation-seeking skiers. Ever since its early days, visitors have been appreciating the healthy air and the altitude of the resort – and we’re doing a lot to maintain the special healing climate of our beautiful region.
Regular fine-particle testing, consistent traffic calming measures, targeted town planning, forestry programmes and the use of regional products: All that is a matter of honour to us. That’s why it’s not surprising that Garmisch-Partenkirchen became a certified “Premium Class” climatic health resort for the third time in 2016 – a seal of quality that only 16 health resorts have received so far. We’re taking care of our town so that you can take care of your wellbeing here.
climatic health - can so much more... did you know that?
IT DOESN'T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE THE COLD SHOWER!
No, the cool mountain air, the wind or the crystal-clear mountain stream are already enough to carry out thermoregulation training (also called hardening). The mountain air, wind or the cold mountain stream are therapeutically useful cold stimuli that stimulate the body's own heat regulation. This activates the metabolism and trains the immune system. So get out into the fresh air, take off your jacket, feel the wind and bathe your hands and feet in the stream. Or make it even easier for yourself and visit our great Kneipp facilities around Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This can help with: Sensitivity to the weather, nervousness, dizziness, tiredness and insomnia, cold hands and feet.
Only 10% of the need for vitamin D can be absorbed through food!
The rest has to be synthesised through the skin and this works particularly well in the healing climate. The number of hours of sunshine in the high mountains is up to three times higher than in other climatic regions. The natural high altitude radiation from the sun is rich in UVB radiation and thus promotes vitamin D3 synthesis. Why not try out our comfortable sun loungers in the Wank area and enjoy the magnificent view at the same time! It's good for everyone, but it can help especially with psoriasis, neurodermatitis, osteoporosis and seasonal depression.
The sunglasses can also stay at home sometimes!
A daily walk reduces the symptoms of seasonal depression. And the eye plays a big role here, because the antidepressant effect is achieved exclusively through the eyes. In this so-called light therapy, high light intensity is combined with exercise. In the high mountains we encounter up to 100,000 lux, in comparison, light lamps only have an output of 10,000 lux on average. This can help with moods, seasonal depression, jet-lag, shift work and sleep disorders.
In the mountains you breathe deeper!
The air in the mountains is dry, cool and the air pressure is relatively low. This causes us to breathe in more deeply quite automatically. In addition, in our cool and dry climate, pollen-producing plants have much shorter pollen periods than in other climate zones. From an altitude of 1500m, e.g. on the Wank, pollen, dust mites and moulds no longer have any chance of survival. Finally, breathe freely! Visit the respiratory trail at the foot of the Wank, right next to the St. Anton facilities, and exercise your lungs there! Of course, this can help everyone, but the direct and indirect relief of the immune system combined with respiratory training is especially good for allergy sufferers and people with weakened lungs.