Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge) – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - Atlas Obscura
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Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge)

Walk inside a half mile long crevice right outside the town of Garmisch Partenkirchen. 

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Over the course of many years a river can cut deeply into stone creating deep gourges like with the Grand Canyonm. In the Alps the reasonably soft stone is ideal for such gorges, with the partnachklamm being one of the most spectacular examples. 

The gorge is easy to explore along a path that runs parallel to the raging river below. As you walk in and out of the tunnels and around the many bends, the ever-changing landscape inside will astonish you. It’s cold inside the gorge, even on hot summer days, so bring a light windbreaker or sweater. The path is easy enough to walk but narrow and low at times. During winter, ice will form marvelous landscapes.

Know Before You Go

Park at the Olympic Ski-jump and walk about 30 minutes on the paved roads to the entrance. During the summer, you can also pay to take a horse-drawn carriage to the entrance. Explore the different options for available hikes before you go. You can spend anywhere from two hours to a full day hiking. Check the weather forecast, rain in the mountains might cause the gorge to close due to flash floods.


The path in the gorge is safe and easy to walk in, but if you have hiking shoes and a flashlight Do bring them as the tunnels are very dark and it’s nice to have light.

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