An hour from Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen sits at the base of Germany's tallest mountain (Zugspitze, with an altitude of 9,718 feet). The peak can also boast that it is home to Germany's highest restaurant.
The culinary heights aren't all about the elevation here. In town, opportunities to sample many of Germany's best beers abound while vendors at the farmers' market sell some of the best produce and other products from the surrounding area. (From April to October, the market can be found in Partenkirchen, at the Rathausplatz, on Thursday mornings and in Garmisch, at Mohrenplatz, on Friday mornings.)
For a unique spirit that you'll find nowhere else in the world, take a 20-minute drive north of town to the Ettal Abbey, originally founded in 1330. The beautiful Baroque building is a draw for anyone interested in art or architectural history, but it is also a must-see for culinary-minded travelers. The monks who still live at the abbey are famous for their liqueurs, which come in a number of different varieties. The exact mix of herbs and other ingredients used to create each one are closely guarded secrets.
For an itinerary to the gourmet highlights of the Alps, visit AFAR Journeys.