Oct 15 – 20, 2017
Congress Center Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Europe/Berlin timezone
The proceedings of the 7th Fermi Symposium are available at https://pos.sissa.it/312/

Social Events and Sightseeing

As part of the conference (fee) we offer three organized tours for the free Wednesday afternoon. Alternatively, we provide suggestions if you prefer to spend the time on your own.

The Conference Dinner will take place on Wednesday afternoon, in the Bayernhalle (details below).


Organized Tours

Note that all of the offered options come with a maximum number of possible participants which is smaller than the expected total number of participants for the conference - so first come, first serve! Thus, you need to register for one of these tours during the registration process.


  Start Time End Time Max. # Participants
Organized Events on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Linderhof Castle 13:30 18:00 100
Ettal Abbey and brewery 13:30 18:00 100
Olympic Ski Jumping Hill 13:30 17:00 100

On their return trip, the busses may stop at the Bayernhalle, the place of the conference dinner. Please, let us know if you want to use this option, and avoid the 15 min walk from your hotel to the Bayernhalle (see below).

Details on the above options

  • Excursion to Schloss Linderhof
    • It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed.
      After visiting Versailles, Ludwig II (who was crowned king of Bavaria in 1864) set out to create a Bavarian counterpart. Between 1868 and 1869, the architect Georg Dollmann drafted seven plans for the new palace in Linderhof, but none were implemented. Finally, in 1870, the Versailles project was relocated to the island of Herrenchiemsee. In Linderhof, instead, Ludwig II commissioned a "King's Cottage". By 1878, in spite of difficult transport routes and a virtually inaccessible location, the palace was completed, and the rooms decorated in the style of the "Second Rococo". The development of the park, designed by Carl von Effner, took from 1870 to 1880. Several architectural features were added at the king's request.
    • No extra costs for registered Fermi2017 participants.
  • Excursion to Kloster Ettal and its brewery
    • Ettal Abbey (in German: Kloster Ettal) is a Benedictine monastery close to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (15 km). It owes its foundation to the Duke of Bavaria, at the same time Roman Emperor of the German Nation, Kaiser Louis IVth. The date of the endowment and foundation of Ettal is the 28th of April 1330. With its imposing baroque basilica and the rococo vestry the Abbey of Ettal has been world-renowned. With presently of the order of 50 monks, the Abbey is one of the largest Benedictine houses and is a major attraction for visitors.
    • The brewery was founded in 1609, and is operational since then. Attached is a museum which covers this more than 400 year history with historical devices and documents.
    • No extra costs for registered Fermi2017 participants.
  • City tour incl. Skischanze
    • The Große Olympiaschanze is a ski jumping hill located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and famous worldwide as being the second station in the annual Four Hills Tournament. Build in 1923 with a 60m tower, our guided tour will allow you to step on the launching pad, providing a breathtaking view down to the Olympic stadion, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
    • No extra costs for registered Fermi2017 participants.


Suggestions for private sightseeing/leisure trips


  • Partnach Gorge (in German: Partnachklamm):
    A deep gorge that has been incised by a mountain stream, the Partnach, into the Reintal - a truly unique natural spectacle. The gorge is 702 m long and, in places, over 80 m deep. Plan for a 45 min hike in the Gorge.
    How to get there: From the parking site at the Olympic Skiing Stadium (Olympia Skistadion) it is a 25 minute walk to the Partnach Gorge.
    Entrance fee: 4 Euro/person.
    Sturdy footwear is required!
  • Höllental Gorge (in German: Höllentalklamm)
    Another long, deep gorge near Garmisch, close to Grainau.
    Walking time: 1.5 hrs from Hammersbach to the entrance hut, then another 1 hr through the gorge.
    Entrance fee: 4 Euro/person.
    Sturdy footwear is required!
  • Ruins of Hill Castle Werdenfels:
    3 km from the Congress Center, the ruin of the castle from 1219 is a famous hiking goal. The nearby Lake Pflegersee ensured the water supply in medieval times. Roundtrip: 2 hrs. Height difference: 180 m.
    Entrance fee: 6 Euro.
  • Zugspitze
    This is Germany's highest vantage point at nearly 3,000 metres above sea level offers clear views over 400 peaks in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland – including the highest mountains in the eastern Alps such as  the Großglockner (3,798 m), Wildspitze (3,768 m), Ortler (3,905 m) and Piz Bernina (4,049 m).
    AlpspiX Viewing Platform: Just above the summit station of the Alpspitzbahn cable car, two steel beams form a floating 25m long X over a vertical drop of almost 1,000 metres: an incredible experience, and only for hardcore mountaineers and climbers (be warned!)!
    Since the Eibsee cable car will be out of service from Apr. - Dec. 2017 as a new cable car is being buid,  the ascent and descent have to be done via cogwheel train and glacier cable car - see the timetable.  The group rate is 44 Euro/person for a minimum of 15 people (and one in 16 is free).
  • Wamberg Village:
    Germany’s highest-altitude village with its own church is located nearly 1000 metres above sea level. The road to the small picture-book village (27 inhabitants) is idyllic. It seems that time has stopped here up in the mountains. You will see nothing but original architecture and nature. A great quietness and calmness as well as breathtaking view over the Mountain Range of the Wetterstein with Mounts Alpspitze and Zugspitze are waiting for you. Don't miss the St. Anna church, built in 1720/21. Its a
    45 min walk on the hiking trail starting at the hospital.
  • King's house (Jagdschloss) Schachen
    Trail through the Partnachklamm (see above) via "Kälbersteig".
    The King's House on Schachen is a small castle at Schachen, Wetterstein mountain massif, about 10 km south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, built by Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was constructed between 1869 and 1872.
    Walking time: 4-5 hrs.
    Guided tours through the castle: 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00
  • Historic Garmisch and Historic Partenkirchen:
    Originally two separate villages, each has its own historic highlights. Walk back in time, enjoy the old fresco paintings, and experience Bavarian tradition in ''Fraunhofer Inn''. Don't miss the “Alte Kirche” (Old Church), which is a nice Romanesque-Gothic church that dates back to the 13th century. Particularly nice streets are Schneggensteg, Loisachstrasse, andFrühlingsstrasse in Garmisch, and Ludwigstrasse, Römerstrasse, Floriansplatz and Ballengasse in Partenkirchen.
  • Werdenfels Museum
    Hosted in a merchant house of the 17th century with 5 floors, the museum has exhibits showing the history and culture of the "Werdenfels territory", the land around Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
    Ludwigstr. 47, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    Tel.: 08821-751 510
    Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 10:00-17:00, Monday closed.
    Entrance fee: 1 Euro
  • Museum Aschenbrenner
    Based on the donation of Maria Aschenbrenner, the museum shows her collection of porcellain, dolls and cribs.
    Loisachstr. 44, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    Tel.: 08821-730 3105
    Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 11:00-17:00, Monday closed
    Entrance fee: 3,50 Euro
  • Richard Strauss Institute
    International Center for the preservation and research of Richard Strauss' legacy, opened at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death in 1999.
    Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00-16:00
    Adress: Schnitzschulstraße 19, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Munich
    Munich, capital of the German state of Bavaria, was founded in 1158, and is the 3rd-largest city in Germany (after Berlin and Hamburg). Munich is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums, and world-wide known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration. Local attractions include the science and technology "Deutsches Museum",  the English garden, the Marienplatz square and Viktualienmarkt, the Residence Royal Palace, the gothic church Frauenkirche, and numerous beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589.
    Munich can be reached in about 1h 30min by train or bus (as cheap as 6 Euro) from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. A better alternative, giving justice to the city, would be to spend a day or the weekend before or after the symposium in Munich.


Conference Dinner in the Bayernhalle, Wednesday Oct. 18th


The address of the restaurant Bayernhalle is

Brauhausstrasse 19, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Its a 13 min walk from the Conference Center (see map below; courtesy of Google).