It all started with iodine and sulphur springs in Kainzenbad. In the 1890s, right up to the 1930s, the first cultural institution was established and frequented by the first "important outsiders" for 4 to 8 weeks of spa treatment. The "Sommerfrischlern" (summer visitors) were followed by the first ski tourists, who even then appreciated both the sporting pleasures and the positive effects of the healthy air and high altitude.
What those people felt back then has long been scientifically proven and is subject to continuous review: the special curative climate of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The ancient Greeks noted that people not only had a greater zest for life in certain places but also suffered less from certain illnesses. This is quite easily explained, if we consider the fact that the climate is comprised of various factors that influence, protect and even stimulate the body. Low in allergens, very little fog, hardly any muggy days and an extremely high number of sunny days in combination with regular fine dust measurements, consistent traffic calming, targeted local planning, forestry programmes and the use of domestic products, among other aspects, define a climatic spa resort.
certified in 2005, 2010 and 2016
At the moment, 16 of a total of 51 climatic spa resorts bear the "premium class" title. Garmisch-Partenkirchen was awarded the title for the third time already at the end of 2016. A location can only be deemed premium class if health providers, hosts and local government care for their guests to an equally high standard. The certificate covers the entire spectrum in relation to regional marketing, energy and climate protection concepts, accommodation etc.