The Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Experience the force of water!
The moment when you enter the Partnach Gorge and you find yourself surrounded by massive rock faces hardly compares to anything else. You hear the water rushing through the gorge beneath you. Wild and boisterous. One can only imagine the enormous amounts of water that have hollowed out the mountain over the centuries. While strolling past the impressive rock faces, you’ll be amazed at all the new and breathtaking perspectives that await you along the trail.
Feel the magic in a unique natural setting!
The process that creates gorges is equally as impressive as experiencing them first-hand. Several million years ago, meltwater and debris hollowed out the rock leaving a narrow gorge – the Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
In 1912, the gorge was declared a natural landmark, but it hasn’t always been as tame and approachable as it is today. Once upon a time, visitors trying to walk through the gorge risked their lives, whilst nowadays there are two safe trails to choose from. Let the wild waterfalls, rapids and tranquil water basins enchant you!
Visiting the gorge in summer
You love summer? The days when the temperatures are climbing higher and higher and you want enjoy the nice weather to the fullest? That’s the perfect time to visit the Partnach Gorge! Airy, shaded and refreshing – the Partnach Gorge is a great destination for an exciting excursion.
By the way: Dogs on a leash are welcome at the Partnach Gorge, too!
Interesting facts about your Partnach Gorge excursion
From the car park of the famous Olympic Ski Stadium, it takes you about 25 minutes on foot to get to the gorge. You’d prefer a more comfortable and unusual means of transport? Then just let a horse-drawn carriage take you directly from the car park to the excursion destination!
Important: Don’t forget to put on sturdy footwear! That’s an absolute must for kids and adults alike!
A light in the night – guided torchlit hikes
Fascinating how the gorge’s appearance changes when the sun moves across the sky and the light keeps changing almost by the second. During a guided torchlit hike, you can enjoy the spectacle of light and shade up close. That’s an exceptional experience no matter the season – but especially in winter. When the light of the burning torches gets refracted by the giant ice curtains, hikers are engulfed by a truly mystical and enchanting atmosphere.
Info about booking a torchlit hike
Information and registration
Almwirtschaft Hanneslabauer, Tel: +49 8821 531 31
Berggasthof Partnachalm, Tel: +49 8821 26 15
Gaststätte Oympiahaus, Tel: +49 8821 730 96 99
GEO-TRIP (Josef und Vera Karner), Tel: +49 8825 562
Hotel Graseck, Tel: +49 8821 943 240
Opening hours summer
8 am – 6 pm (May - June, October)
6 am - 10 pm (July - September)
Opening hours autumn/ winter
9 am – 6 pm (November - April)
Good to know: The guided torchlit hikes are realised in winter only.
Opening hours and admission fees of the Partnach Gorge
October to May: 08.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
June to September: 06.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m.
Last admission 30 minutes before gorge closes!
Please note: Closures upon very short notice are sometimes unavoidable for your own safety!
The gorge is closed at night for your own safety!
Adults: 6,00 EUR
Guests residing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau, Farchant, Oberau, Eschenlohe with a valid visitor´s card as well as adult locals: 5,00 EUR
Kids and adolescents (6 - 17 years of age): 3,00 EUR
Groups (starting 15 guests; bus driver and tour guide free): 5,00 EUR per person
Handicapped people (with respective handicapped ID): 4,00 EUR
Please leash your dog. We are sorry, but users of wheelchairs cannot pass trough.
Due to safety reasons, canoes, bicycles and baby carriage are not allowed into the Gorge.
Other excursion destinations in the Zugspitz region
If you’d like to treat yourself to some culinary pleasures after the hike, you’re already on the right track! At the Kaiserschmarrn-Alm, you’ll be served – as the name suggests – sweet and delicious Kaiserschmarrn prepared the traditional Bavarian way. If you’re up for another challenge, you can hike to the gorge via the Eckbauer. And if you want to individually select yet another route, you’ll certainly find one in the GaPa tour planner!