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Garmisch-Partenkirchen (29,875 inhabitants; 01-01-2004) is a market town, and the administrative centre of the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region of Bavaria, Germany, near the border with Austria.
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). A variety of Ski Worldcup Races is also being carried out here on a regular basis, usually on the Kandahar Track outside town.
Garmisch Partenkirchen is also a favoured holiday spot for skiing, snowboarding and hiking, having some of the best skiing areas in Germany.
The Marshall Centre for International Security Studies is also loacated in Garmisch Partenkirchen, a internationally funded and mostly US staffed learning and conference centre for Governments from around the world. A small number of US troops is still stationed in the city and also runs a small community on the outskirts of Garmisch.
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