In the south of Germany, in the Bavarian Alps, the tourist can find stunning mountain landscapes. One of them is the Partnach Gorge, or Partnachklamm in German, situated very close to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen resort. It is one of the most visited gorges in the area, due to its ease of access and because it is open the whole year.
Partnachklamm has a special beauty in winter. The crystal clear water still flows violently. If the temperature is low enough, huge ice formations appear where the water drops from the walls. Make sure you take the right clothes and shoes, as it might be wet and slippery.
Partnachklamm is easily accessible both by car and public transport.
If you are driving, you will most probably come either from Munich or from Innsbruck. From Munich, take the A95 highway. This ends and is continued by the B2 road, which takes you directly into Garmish-Partenkirchen. Turn right when you see the signs to the Skistadion. From Innsbruck, take the A12 highway. At Zirl-Ost follow the signs to Garmisch, which will take you to the road 177. After Scharnitz, you will cross the border with Germany and the road will become B2. Once you enter Garmisch-Partenkirchen, turn left to the Skistadion. There is lots of parking once you arrive at the Skistadion. Besides the paid parking which is right in front, there is another big one which is free if you drive just past the Kainzenbad to the Klinikum.
If you come by public transport, you will likely arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen by train. From there you can either walk to the Skistadion, which is about 30 minutes, or take one of the buses 1 or 2.
From the Skistadion, follow the signs to Partnachklamm. It takes about 30 minutes by foot or less if you decide for a horse carriage.
Opening times and fees
The Partnachklamm is open all year round, weather permitting. The opening times vary between 8am – 7pm in summer to 9am – 5pm in winter. The entry price for an adult as of December 2016 is €4, with various discounts available. More information on the official website.