Partnach Gorge – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - Atlas Obscura
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Partnach Gorge

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

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Before you even enter the klamm (German for gorge) you can smell it in the air. A steady draft escapes with the turquoise river water from deep within the mountain.  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 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 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. Wear good solid hiking shoes and bring a flashlight or your phone as the tunnels are very dark and it’s nice to have light.

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