Partnach Memorial – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - Atlas Obscura

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Partnach Memorial

A memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives working in what is now a massive tourist attraction. 


The Partnachklamm is a massive gorge that eroded over millennia by the Partnach river which runs through the woods to the towns of Garnish and Paterkirchen. This made the river an ideal way to transport wood, but this was not always the safest method.

Lumberjacks would cut trees along the river and push them into the gorge to make the water do most of the transportation work. Of course, this was incredibly dangerous, as people were often injured by trees, fell into the river, or were crushed by falling rocks. Many of the workers that died were commemorated with little plaques and shrines. The largest of these is called Die Passion, and commemorates some of the deaths in an artistic way.

Located on the path to the gorge, the shrine shows a large cross with small plates around it that displays artistic representations of how workers died. Take a moment to give them a look when walking towards the gorge, even if it is just to realize that this was not always a safe path with fences.

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The memorial is freely accessible.

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