Travel Guide to Partnach Gorge in Germany: Hiking the Partnachklamm

Travel Guide to Partnach Gorge in Germany: Hiking the Partnachklamm

What to expect from visiting the stunning Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria
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The power of water

Visiting the Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm) is one of the most popular activities in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

It’s a gorge (duh) that has been created by a stream cutting through the mountain. It’s crazy to think that water can cut through solid rock like that. It takes a while, but the result speaks for itself!

The gorge is 702 metres long and up to 80 metres deep.

We visited the gorge in October 2020 and were amazed by the continually changing views. Oh, and that clear, azure blue colour of the water is insanely beautiful.

Where to stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen?


  • Budget: Hotel Atlas Sport – One of the cheapest options for ensuite double rooms in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Free parking.
  • Value for money: Biohotel Garmischer Hof – Amazing views, organic food and a spa and wellness centre. Our favourite hotel in GaPa.
  • Luxury: Bader Suites – Luxurious, spacious apartments with everything you need.

Search for the best value accommodation in Garmisch-Partenkirchen here.

Visiting the Partnach Gorge
Visiting the Partnach Gorge is a must in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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What to expect at the Partnach Gorge

Being just about 700 metres long, hiking the Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm in German) is a relatively easy and quick affair.

If you just rush through it, you could probably walk it in 5-10 minutes. But taking the time to stop on the way to take in the views is definitely worth it.

In some parts, the path is really narrow.

And you’ll want to walk carefully in the short but dark tunnels on the way.

Dogs are allowed on a leash. Wheelchairs, baby carriages and bicycles are not permitted.

Hiking in the Partnach Gorge
This is what hiking the Partnach Gorge looks like for most of the way.
Narrower part of the Partnachklamm hike
And then there are narrower parts and a few tunnels to go through.
This is the most southern part of the gorge
This is the most southern part of the gorge.
Partnach Gorge southern part
The landscape suddenly opens up and the mountains really get to show off.
Hiking back up the other way
Hiking back up the other way is a bit more strenous but not too bad.
Views of the Partnachklamm from above
Going this way has the added bonus of views of the gorge from above.
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Price of visiting the Partnach Gorge

The price for visiting the Partnach Gorge is 7.5 EUR (~ 8 USD)* per adult and 3 EUR (~ 3.5 USD)* per child (6-17 years of age).

You can also bring your dog for an extra 2 EUR.

*These prices are from March 2023.

Waterfalls on the way inside Partnachklamm
The waterfalls on the way make the whole experience magical.

Partnach Gorge opening hours

The Partnach Gorge is open from 08:00-18:00 from October to May and from 08:00-20:00 from June to September.

Closures can occur at any time on short notice for safety reasons.

The last admission to the gorge is 30 minutes before closing time.
The autumn colours in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The autumn colours are so good in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


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How to get to the Partnach Gorge

As you can’t drive directly to Partnachklamm, the whole ordeal actually encompasses walking from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Olympic Ski Jump to the gorge, walking through it and then (per the Corona restrictions) hike another way around it to the start and then back to the Olympic Ski Jump.

It’s about a 25 minutes walk from the Olympic Ski Jump to the Partnach Gorge entrance. This path is very wide and walking-friendly.

The walking path from the parking lot to the entrance of the Partnach Gorg
The walking path from the parking lot to the entrance of the Partnach Gorge is easily walkable.

Parking near the Partnach Gorge

We parked our car at the car park next to the Olympic Ski Jump. It’s a big car park so you can’t miss it.

Olympic Ski Jump, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Why not walk through the Olympic Ski Jump arena on the way from the parking lot to the Partnach Gorge?

What to bring to the Partnach Gorge

  • Travel insurance (adlink). Never travel without it!
  • A good camerahere’s a guide to the gear we use.
  • Hiking shoes. It can be a little slippery in places so wearing sturdy shoes is highly recommended.
  • Warm clothes if you’re not visiting in summer.
  • Water and snacks is always a good idea.
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Wet and slippery terrain in Partnachklamm
It might be wet and slippery in the gorge. Wear approprite clothes and shoes.

Minimise your impact

To minimise your impact during your visit at Partnach Gorge, follow these guidelines:

  • Bring your own drinking water in a refillable bottle.
  • Avoid single-use plastics, including straws.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Take only photos, leave only footprints. Let everything stay in its natural place.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.
  • Respect wildlife.
Partnach Gorge south entrance water and trees
Remember to take good care of the surrounding natural environment.
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Thanks for reading

Thanks for reading our travel guide to the Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. We hope it has been useful!

What do you think about the Partnach Gorge?

If you’ve been to the Partnach Gorge, it would be fantastic to hear your best tips for visiting in the comments.

If you haven’t been there yet, please don’t hesitate to ask us what’s on your mind. We’re happy to help you with your planning.

Partnachklamm in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Enjoy your visit to the Partnach Gorge!
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2 thoughts on “Travel Guide to Partnach Gorge in Germany: Hiking the Partnachklamm

  1. Hej, Jeg har læst jeres fantastiske artikler om Garmisch-Partenkirchen og vi skal derned med 2 overnatninger – vi har stort set kun 1-1,5 dag. Vi er dernede fra den 17. juni. Vi vil gerne vandre og tænker Partnachklam og så en kabelbane op til en af toppene. Vandringen omkring søen så også fin ud.

    Skal vi bestille billetter hjemmefra til bane og Partnachklam. Vi skal bo på Biohotellet.

    Rare hilsener Tina

    • Hej Tina og tusind tak for din fine kommentar! Hvor er det dejligt, at du kan bruge vores guides. Da vi besøgte Partnachklamm, købte vi vist billetten ved indgangen, men hvis I allerede er sikre på at tage derhen, kan I spare tid ved at have købt den online på forhånd (læs mere her). Husk at downloade den på forhånd, da der er dårlig forbindelse henne ved kløften. Der er sikkert en del mennesker i GaPa i juni, så vi kan anbefale at komme tidligt på dagen eller senere på eftermiddagen – bare husk at det er lidt køligere og måske en smule vådt på ruten.

      Vi købte vist også billetter til kabelbanerne på dagen, men hvis I vil være garanteret at komme derop, er det nok en god idé at booke på forhånd – ellers skal I satse på at komme tidligt om morgenen, så der ikke er lang kø.

      Det lyder skønt, at I skal bo på Biohotellet! Nyd GaPa!

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