A daytrip from Munich: Partnachklamm Part II

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.

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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!

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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.

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A daytrip from Munich: Spitzingsee and Jagahüttn

Bavaria is one of the luckiest “states” in Germany, as we get the most public holidays in all of the country. One of them happened on August 14th and because it was a Tuesday, I decided to take the Monday off and make a long weekend out of it.
Because my plans to actually go away fell through, I decided to at least go on a daytrip on Monday and enjoy all Bavaria’s countryside has to offer.

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I already wrote about a daytrip I took once to Taubenstein, which is the same area as I went to this time. This time we walked around the Spitzing lake first (which already takes around 1.5 hours) and after we found out that the hut we wanted to go to was closed, we decided to take a gondola up to Jagahüttn, where we had delicious food. From there, you were either able to take little carts to the bottom of the mountain again or walk the whole way. We decided to walk (1.5 hours again) and were treated with the most beautiful views and colors on the way.

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I even collected a few wildflowers on the way down

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Beautiful flowers on the way

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There were cows without any fences around

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A little break at the lake

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How to get here? You can take a train to Schliersee (which is the lower lake) and then a bus from there up to Spitzingsee. There are different gondolas do different mountains from there (the one to Taubenstein goes from there as well), but there’s also the possibility to walk all the way up.