Partnach Gorge Reviews
Partnach Gorge in Winter Jan 31, 2017
The gorge is probably most impressive in winter when the rocks are covered with snow and ice and long icicles are hanging from them. The best time to visit is the late morning: Around 11:30-12:00 there is a rather short interval when some sunlight falls into the Southern/upper end and makes the ice shine and glitter. The effect is magical.
The idea of a winter hike in the icy gorge sounds scary at first. However, the trail is well taken care of and it is really tourist-proof, cleared and sprinkled with gravel. Most of the trail within the gorge runs under rocks and through tunnels so it is dry. At spots where water is dripping there can be some ice on the ground, so watching your steps is a good idea. The trail is not suitable for wheelchairs, prams and strollers, or bikes. Shoes with good soles are necessary, more on the trails outside the gorge than inside, snow chains or spikes under the shoes are nice to have. Dress warm, inside the gorge it is notably colder than outside.
There is another advantage about visiting in winter: When there is ice, most of the water is frozen, so there is not much dripping. While you need rain gear in summer to avoid being soaked, in winter you won't be hit by more than a few occasional drops.
Getting there: Take the bus 1 or 2 (free with Kurkarte) to the ski stadium and follow the small road that passes the stadium on the right. There are signs pointing the way to "Partnachklamm". There is also a signboard at the beginning of the road by the stadium which tells whether the gorge is open or closed. From there it is a walk of about 20 minutes to the beginning of the gorge. This small road is in theory closed to traffic (so if you arrive by car, park in the big parking lot at the ski stadium) but I encountered a remarkable number of cars on the way.
Entrance fee: 3 € for adults, with Kurkarte reduced to 2 €, children 6-16 1.50 € (prices of 2012, perhabs slightly raised in the meantime).
Opening hours: daily 9.00-17.00
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Mar 27, 2010
The people that live here are envied by many. Garmisch-Partenkirchen will attract you – with its unspoilt nature, vibrancy and traditional Bavarian charm.
You will be overwhelmed by the mountains, nature and the breathtaking panorama. The local people will win you over with their warmth.kindness, openness and honesty. And finally, you’ll take unforgettable moments, memories and experiences with you. In nature. Playing sports. Or just relaxing, unwind and enjoy
Walk along the nature and stroll down the alleyways; with every step you’ll discover a little more of the variety the area has to offer: historical sights, interesting excursions, art and culture and exciting events.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen has a lot to offer:
- Germany’s no.1 location for winter sports
- Spa-health resort of the highest class
- Historic town centres
- World’s most modern ski jump
- Partnach Gorge – a unique natural phenomenon
- Zugspitze – Germany’s highest mountain
- Member of “Best of the Alps”
- Venue for the Alpine World Ski Championships 2011
- Winter Olympics candidate for 2018
You are standing on top of Mount Zugspitze, at the golden summit crucifix, at a height of nearly 3000 metres. The air is pure, the views seem endless and the panorama is breathtaking. You left behind any disturbing thoughts that you may have had in the valley. The only things around you are the sky, mighty summits and mere vastness. You are standing at the highest point of Germany – happy and inspired by the high-Alpine setting.
Mount Zugspitze (2962 m above sea level) is a part of the Wetterstein Mountain Range in the northern limestone Alps. Here, the German and Austrian mountains are joined and two of the German glaciers, Schneeferner and Höllentalferner, are here as well.
is much to discover in historic Garmisch. Walk along Frühlingsstraße and the nearby alleys and listen to the histories told by the famous “Lüftl” paintings on the houses’ facades, in which you will understand them even if you do not know Bavarian.
Times long gone become alive again when you have a closer look at the traditional houses of the Werdenfels region with their richly decorated balconies as well as when you view the Biedermeier style frescoes at the Gasthof (inn). The Bavarians have a long history of decorating the exteriors of their houses and businesses with both religious and historic paintings. The structure of the homes are also amazing. Go at the right time of the year and you can enjoy the beautiful flowers trellising down off the picturesque balconies.
Where the Partnach River surges spectacularly through a narrow, mile-long gap between high limestone cliffs.