History in this region of Bavaria dates all the way back to around 2000 B.C. when the first tribes of people arrived here known as Illyians. The Romans came in however and ruled it for nearly five hundred years in the final years B.C. They did not use the area for much more than a layover en route to other cities, however.

The true Bavarian people came later in sixth century A.D. At this time Partenkirchen and Gamrish were totally separate villages. The area gained some steam however in the 1100s when a castle was built, the Werdenfels Castle. The Middle Ages brought prosperous times for the towns and commercial trade kept the money flowing.

But their luck came to an end. With the start of the 30 Years War, the commercial trade suffered and eventually stopped altogether. Things only got worse as the wars went underway during Napoleon's reign.

It wasn't until the late 1800s that the cities would get their feet truly back on the ground. This was in thanks to a train route that ran through to Munich; suddenly the beauty of the area was accessible and tourism for the region was officially born. The two towns conjoined in 1935.