Monday, August 21, 2017

A Walk in the Rain: Partnachklamm

I've just returned from a wonderful vacation in Germany 
with my family and my husband's cousin's family, 10 of us in all. 
There we visited Munich, Garmisch Partenkirchen (GaPa) and Schwäbisch Hall - 
but best of all we met my husband's Germany family there. 

One of our rainy day stops was to the Partnachklamm (a gorge.) 
It didn't matter that it was raining since the gorge is wet anyway. 

The gorge is easily accessible near the Olympic Ski Stadium. 
It is about a 20 minute walk from that point. 
Just follow the signs up the hill behind the stadium. 

The cost is a few Euros, cheaper if you have the GaPa Card from a local hotel stay. 
While the gorge has open hours, it still seems accessible when closed 
as the gates were left open. 

We had several rainy days in GaPa, 
so instead of the blue glacier water 
there was brown raging water. 

You can make this into a loop hike with a some uphill effort. 
It is worth it. 

Above the gorge you will find bridges that cross over the gorge below. 

Looking down from a bridge above

Here's the path we took: 

Map if Partnachklamm Trails

In either direction you can use the Graseck Cable Car if you prefer. 
At the top there is also the opportunity for refreshments.  

The Ski Stadium 

A Loop Through and Over the Gorge
Our loop began at the Olympic Ski Stadium in Partenkirchen. 
Keep right and follow the road uphill. (20 min)
If you prefer, take a horse carriage ride. 
It will save your legs but you won't get there any faster. 
The gorge entrance is after some small shops. 
The walk through the gorge is mostly flat 
although wet and uneven surfaces. 
It helps to have a flashlight through the tunnel areas. 
The need for rain gear depends on how much rain there has been. 
After exiting the gorge take a hard left and climb uphill. 
Follow the sign to the Eiserne Brücke for your descent. 
(If you continue passed this sign you will find 
refreshments and the cable car down.) 
Allow 2 hours minimum,  
less if you do not do the full loop. 

It is possible for someone to drop you off near the gorge entrance, 
however parking near there is only for hotel guests. 


Tamar SB said...

Stunning! Wow!

Mersad said...

There is a lot of great nature in Bavaria... I visited back in December but not much greenery then. Your images are stunning.

Mersad Donko Photography

MadSnapper said...

absolutely gorgeous gorge. i like the one that has the teeny person in red, that shows how really tall that wall is. so beautiful, glad you got to visit family and beautiful places

Sarah Huizenga said...

Beautiful gorge and a good hefty hike, things that I love.

Alicia said...

What a beautiful place to visit. I adore that 2nd picture. So glad you had such a wonderful time!

likeschocolate said...

I have always wanted to go here ! Thanks for sharing! Kelleyn