Horn sledge races in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Slope fun to cheer along to
The team spirit of the motivated four-people teams is definitely impressive when they hurl themselves down the mountain at up to 100 kilometres per hour! On wooden horn sledges, they race down a 1.2-kilometre track – daring manoeuvres and scary tumbles included! The start is at the Partnachalm and the finish line is at the club house of the Hornschlittenverein (horn sledge club) in Partenkirchen.
The mix of exciting hunt for seconds and wintry slope fun makes the Bavarian championship in horn sledge racing a true event highlight. And every year on Three Kings Day, people are wondering which team will win the traditional race in Partenkirchen this time.
The horn sledge race is the second most popular sports event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen after the famous New Year’s Jumping – and you definitely shouldn’t miss it!
Did you know? Horn sledges were mainly used for work and transportation to take the hay down into the valley in winter. The skids are elongated and bent upwards in the front like the horns of a chamois and serve the purpose of being able to steer and push the sledge – that’s where the name comes from.