I probably say it a million times, but my favourite thing about Munich truly is the proximity to the mountains, to lakes and to beautiful nature. I don’t take trips to explore the Bavarian countryside enough, but I’ve made it out there again last weekend to a place that I’ve shared with you before – Partnachklamm. But even though you’ve seen it before on here, it’s a completely different experience in the winter.
It’s a gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a place that is around 1.5 hours from Munich by car. There’s also a train connection but it obviously takes a little bit longer and you have to get from there to the Olympic Stadium, where you can park to walk up to the gorge.
The entrance for the gorge is €5. In the summer, we were able to walk up to a restaurant on the mountain where we had a stunning view over the alps, but unfortunately (or maybe lucky, considering all the snow and slippery stones), the way up there was closed this time. But the gorge itself was impressive enough!
In most parts of Munich, it was freezing cold the last couple of weeks, and Germany was no exception. We had around -20 degrees (especially in the more rural areas, like Garmisch-Partenkirchen), so the most beautiful icicles formed. But see for yourself!
A few things you might have to consider, when visiting the gorge.
- Parking spots are “limited”. So it really depends on what time you get there. We arrived around 2pm on a Sunday and had to drive a bit further down to the hospital to get a parking spot. In the end it’s only 5 minutes more to walk, but you gotta know that that’s a possibility – so you’re welcome.
- In case you were thinking about it, don’t bring your dog. There’s only one way through the gorge, which is pretty narrow and people are walking there in both directions, so it would just be annoying for dogs. And the river is pretty heavy, so it would be dangerous if they decided to jump in or anything.
- You shouldn’t be claustrophobic. Since it’s a natural gorge, the path is sometimes built into the rocks, so at times you walk through a small, very very dark tunnel and can barely see the person in front of you. It’s not for long, but it’s good to know, just in case.
And now, just to compare: That’s what Partnachklamm looks like in the summer time.