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The Partnachklamm - with her brawling cataracts, waterfalls and deep puddles - is said to be one of the most fascinating gorges of the Bavarian Alps. Already in 1912, the gorge has been declared a national habitat. Soon after, it was made accessible for tourists. Since 2006, the gorge is announced as national geotope. The Partnach has its source at the Schneeferner Glacier at the Zugspitzplatt (plateau).
At the beginning of the 19th century, the Partnachklamm gained more economical importance, by serving as transportation route of wooden logs to the valley. This method was the so-called “Trift” (drifting). In those times, it was life-threatening to come closer to the torrent. Today, the gorge is open all-year for hikes on two safe paths. It is also the gateway for many more hikes in this area.
The path through the gorge:
The path which is close to the torrent is more convenient for hikers. In previous times, it has already been frequented by woodworkers, forestry staff and hunters. A steep trail leads through tunnels and galleries. Some of them are not even 2 meters in height. There, you have to duck your head. This path is optimally suited for families with kids. And you are close to the Waters.
The suspension bridge -“Die Eiserne Brücke” (the iron bridge):
If you are not afraid of heights, you can hike on the upper path and cross the iron suspension bridge. The trail begins with many steps until you reach the bridge which was built 70 meters above the gorge. From the top - standing in the green forest - you can watch the brawling waters of the Partnach at the bottom.
Public parking lot (metered) at the Olympia Skistadion at Garmisch-Partenkirchen
You reach the Partnachklamm by walking in ca. 25 minutes or you take a ride on a horse carriage (which leaves close to the parking lot. More detailed descriptions for walks/hikes are also on our portal for tours Tourenportal.
Looking for a really unique and special event for the whole family? Join a guided torchlight walk through the Partnachklamm at night. Especially in cold winter, the light of the blazing torches in the ice curtains - made of giant icicles - creates a very individual magic atmosphere.
Info & Booking:
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing of the gorge.
Length: 699 m
Total length of tunnels: 247 m
Height of the „Iron Bridge“: 68 m
Difference in height of the gorge: 80 m
Highest cliff: 86 m