If you enjoy winter sports you for sure have heard for the German town Garmisch-Partenkirchen. There are plenty of things to do there, but people mostly know the town for the winter ski jumps.
The old Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with its beautifully painted houses, has almost fairy tale image. A walk through the main street is something you should not miss for sure. There are lots of restaurants serving traditional Bavarian dishes, which is accomplished by the “oompha” band.
But to be honest, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is so much more and everyone enjoying nature will enjoy their stay there as well.
We more or less stopped in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for its Partnach gorge (Partnachklamm in German). Seeing the photos of the gorge, we knew we have to see it.
The gorge itself is 702 meters long and the high stone walls, which can rise all to 80 meters make the whole Partnach gorge even more spectacular.
A narrow path takes you along the river Partnach and while walking and admiring the power of nature, you will be having wow moments with every step you make.
To make everything even more scenic and more adventurous, you will be walking through the narrow tunnels and the water will be dripping on you from the rocks along the way.
From time to time, you can see a beautiful play of sun, managing to shine through the gorge, producing perfect light settings.
Even though our baby boy Ren was just 7,5 months old, he looked impressed as well. I guess the power of the water was something amazing for him to see and listen to as well.
If you have never thought of visiting Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you know have a very good reason to think again. The Partnach gorge was our best surprise on our roadtrip around Bavaria and we are sure, it will leave you speechless too.
Parking: The best way for visiting the Partnach gorge is leaving your car / RV at the parking lot near the stadium with the ski jumps (47°28’57.0″N 11°07’05.2″E).
How to reach the Partnach gorge: You can walk all the way to the entrance of the gorge, needing around 20 minutes, or taking a horse-carriage (10 minutes ride).
Entrance fee: The Partnach gorge was declared as a natural monument in 1912 and there’s a fee to all the visitors – 5 EUR/adults.
Best time to visit the Partnach gorge: You cannot go wrong by visiting the gorge. It is beautiful in all seasons. During the winter the water becomes ice and makes everything even a bit more spectacular. No matter if you are visiting the gorge during the summer, brings a jacket as it can get cold.
Accommodations: There are many things you can do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and that is why staying there for a night or two, will not be a bad idea. There are plenty of different accommodation options to choose from – check them out here.
We have stayed in a family hotel Leiners Familienhotel, where your kids will have a blast. The whole hotel is made for the little ones in mind, offering baby beds, bunk beds, changing tables in each room, baby bottle heater, indoor and outdoor playground area, kindergarten for you to enjoy some time alone while having dinner or relaxation in their saunas area, rich breakfast, lunch and dinner (4 course menu for adults and buffet dinner for kids), all-inclusive snacks and drinks, baby food, powder milk, kids cutlery, bibs…
The location of the Leiners Familienhotel is great for visiting the Partnach gorge, as the hotel is right across the ski jumps. Also the old town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is reachable by foot on a nicely organized walking path, which will take you around 20 minutes by foot.