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Tourist-Information Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Richard Strauss Platz 1
92467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Art & culture

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Costumed procession, Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus
The cultural events are rooted in Bavarian custom and include folk music, spa concerts, comedy and Bauerntheater (which translates as "farmers' theatre" or "peasant theatre"), a military music festival and the local festival with colourful processions in traditional dress. One of the major highlights on Garmisch-Partenkirchen's cultural calendar is the Richard Strauss Festival.
Richard Strauss Festival
The Richard Strauss Festival is a showcase both for international stars and for hopeful new talent. As well as performances of his best-known works including "Salome" or "An Alpine Symphony", there are master classes, recitals, an introduction to his works with examples of both vocal and orchestral interpretations and discussions with the artists. Opera, chamber music, lieder and orchestral works form the heart of the festival.
Summer of Culture
For a full month, artists from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district or who have had long ties with the region show off their talent. Striking settings, authentic works of art and original artists are what make this Summer of Culture festival so special. The programme ranges from comedy, music and theatre premières to literature evenings and exhibitions, unearthing new artists and rediscovering old favourites along the way.
Local Festival
The local festival (Heimatwochen) has been a firm fixture on the Garmisch-Partenkirchen cultural scene for more than fifty years. Perennial favourites include performances of Bavarian folk dances by groups in traditional dress, including the nifty "schuhplattler“ duo Madln and Buam, and the historical "Old Dance“. The deep-rooted association with Bavarian tradition is also evident in other customs, including log sawing, finger wrestling and stone lifting.
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