A few vistas from our trip to The Partnach Gorge (or Klamm as it is better known in these parts!), a place we have had on our list for months, if not years.
This is not somewhere we will be taking Granny given past experiences however, and I shall most definitely be ignoring any suggestions from her as to how much she fancies taking photographs there herself… Carved through high alpine rock, thousands of years ago by an incredibly loud glacial river, there are quite spectacular photographs to take too (tough)!
The closest parking is actually just outside the 1936 Winter Olympics Stadium in Garmisch Partenkirchen, which of course we have all seen in various film footage and photographs, and really is in itself worth a visit if only to admire the vastness of the ski-jump and wonder at the craziness of some people (and not just the athletes!).
From here, it takes 20 minutes or so (perhaps a little longer if you are with dawdling children) to walk to the gateway. Then, depending on what time of day you visit, you might have a tiny wait until you reach the ticket office. Tickets are hardly extortionate – costing around €4 euros per person, less if you can prove you are a tourist (for once my appalling German did some good)! And then, just beyond this, a beautiful wild world awaits.
The walk through the Klamm takes around forty minutes – possibly longer in frozen conditions – that’s if you are not stopping behind people taking pictures every few seconds. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the patient people stuck behind me (thankfully most of them were actually my family – not usually patient, but awestruck on this occasion I reckon!). You can of course carry on and walk for miles on the other side, as once through the gorge, various serious-hiking options await. We turned back on this occasion as we had two small people with us who were periodically declaring that they were hungry, and with no guarantee of the closest food option on the hiking route being open, we thought it the safest option. And I am glad we did, or we wouldn’t have spotted this!
- Do bring a rain coat, not necessarily for the weather, but for the highly prolific waterfalls… You will get a soaking otherwise.
- Do bring a torch if you don’t like the idea of walking through the tunnels and galleries in the pitch black. Whilst at times we found this quite amusing (reminiscent of playing “murder in the dark” at parties as a young child – just without intentional tapping or any exaggerated “dying” noises!). I can understand why others might not – especially when it’s busy.
- Do wear sensible footwear, so you don’t slip if anything else. We did witness persons in ambitious footwear attempting the walk, I would like to know how long it took them. Likewise, for obvious reasons push-chairs and wheelchairs can’t get through either.
- Do bring people here that you don’t particularly like very much, or perhaps an awkward first date? The roar of the river is so loud you won’t need to talk as you won’t be able to hear a thing.
- I know this is my standard advice, but do visit first thing in the morning to get it more or less to yourselves, or over lunch time. Mittagsessen is sacred here and most people will be busy eating.
Never fear, we will be back in the winter months (i.e. not all that far away!) for further admiration opportunities.