It is one of Bavaria's most fascinating natural monuments and is worth seeing all year round: the Partnachklamm gorge. A hike through this wild, millennia-old mountain gorge is suitable for adults and children and offers all age groups, in summer and winter, a unique nature experience. But beware: unfortunately, prams cannot be taken into the gorge!
Don't forget rain gear
Once you have passed the ticket booth at the entrance, you enter a different world: the rock walls of the gorge rise vertically up to 80 metres. Water drips and trickles from them all year round - so rainwear and sturdy shoes are a must for your hike through the Partnachklamm. Umbrellas are not suitable, however, as the path often runs through tunnels and caves that are lower than 1.75 metres in places.
Thundering waterfalls and rapids
Below the narrow but well-paved footpaths, the Partnach, the eponymous torrent, rushes with its rapids. In many places, small and large waterfalls plunge into the depths, making the Partnachklamm a fascinating natural spectacle even in winter when they freeze into ice. On hot summer days, the spray provides welcome cooling.
This way to the natural spectacle
Set off from Garmisch-Patenkirchen railway station. The hike from here to the Partnachklamm gorge is about 3.7 kilometres and takes around 40 minutes.
The Bahnhofsstaße starts from the station square. This is where the gorge hike starts. Pass the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten and after about 170 metres turn onto Partnachauenstraße and continue to the fork in the road between Partnachauenstraße and Gehfeldstraße. Turn left here to stay on Partnachauenstraße, which leads into the street "Am Holzhof" and after about 50 metres becomes the street "Am Königreich". The road "Am Königreich" finally ends on Soiernweg, where you turn left to cross the Partnach. Immediately after the bridge, turn right and you will reach the Geological Path, then after about 170 metres you will reach Wildenauer Straße. The Olympic ski jump is within sight. Continuing along the Partnach, you follow Wildenauerstrasse past the Olympia site and the ski lift until the path narrows and you finally arrive at the intermediate destination - the entrance to the gorge.
The hike from Partnachklamm to Eckbauer takes about 1.5 hours.
The Olympic ski jump can also be reached by bus on local lines 1 and 2. From the ski jump, it takes about 25 minutes to continue to Wildenau to the entrance to the gorge.
Up high - all the way to the Eckbauer mountain
After the 700-metre-long tour through the gorge, the hike continues - a little way along the stream to the turn-off towards Graseck and Eckbauer. Via a stairway and idyllic meadow slopes you reach the rustic Kaiserschmarrn-Alm. The hiking trail continues over serpentines and through the forest up to 1236 m to the Eckbauer mountain inn. Magnificent: the panoramic view of the Zugspitze, Alpspitze, Wetterstein and Karwendel. The descent of the Partnachklamm hike leads from the Eckbauer via one of the highest church villages in Germany. Wamberg lies at an altitude of about 1000 metres and has just under 30 inhabitants. From there it's back down to the ski stadium. And continue by bus line 1 or 2, or on foot to Garmisch railway station.
A secret gastronomic tip for the way home
A lovely and lovingly run café awaits on the way home from the day trip from Munich after the Klamm hike: right in the railway station of the small town of Huglfing, Café Hey Schaffner offers delicious homemade cakes, tarts and other dishes in organic quality. In addition, there are changing exhibitions by artists from the Blaue Land and often live music. A worthwhile stopover on the Garmisch-Munich railway line and the perfect conclusion to your Partnachklamm hike!
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Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.