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Crossing Alps

Adolf Hitler persuaded the mayors of Garmisch and Partenkirchen to combine the two villages in 1935 in anticipation of the 1936 winter Olympic games. The towns remain united and are casually known as "Garmisch" much to the dismay of the residents of Partenkirchen.

In 1936 it was the site of the Winter Olympic Games. Traditionally, a ski jumping contest is held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on New Year's Day, as a part of the Four Hills Tournament (Vierschanzen-Tournee).


sure, if you count threatening one mayor with an all-expenses-paid trip to Dachau (the concentration camp, not the town) as "persuasion." And really, it was Alfred Wagner, who was the Gauleiter (regional boss) of the Bavarian NSDAP.