Located in the Bavaria region of southern Germany is a wondrous oasis of cavernous trails nestled next to a pristine turquoise stream.
The Partnach Gorge, or Partnachklamm, is a short drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a must-see for Bavarian travelers. Over time, Partnach was formed by the erosion of a stream, transforming it into a 2300 foot-long, 260 foot-deep gully that is now accessible for travelers from all over the world.
The Olympic Skistadion, a host for the ski-jump in the 1936 Winter Olympics, hosts as Partnach’s parking area.
Partnach is about a 30-minute walk from here. A subtle-flowing turquoise stream accompanies you on the walk up, along with a winding road that opens up for some amazing views of mountains cutting off the clouds in the sky.
The entrance to the Gorge is symbolized by a statement of a door, welcoming you into a cavernous dream.
We visited Partnach in the winter-time while staying in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Although it was extremely cold (in the 10s°F), the water was freely flowing, creating wondrous falls that drip steadily down into the stream from the top of the caverns. Icicles lined the walking path as we made our way through.
The Gorge is incredibly quiet except for the sweet sound of the fluid waters. The limestone walls mirror the colors of the stream, displaying hints of turquoise and green throughout the entire tour.
The Partnach Gorge is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. It was quiet, serene, and a truly spectacular experience walking between limestone walls, hearing the water flowing through the stones, and seeing the beauty our earth has created over time.