If your in the Garmsich, Germany area you should make sure to stop by and visit the Partnach Gorge, it was one of our favorite stops during our trip! Our group ranged from 11 to 50+ and all enjoyed the gorge.
Parking is down by Olympic Stadium, and a recommend a quick pop in there to see the ski jump, it’s free to take a look and photos. The parking was €5.
It’s a good 20-25 min walk to the gorge from the parking area, you can also pay to ride a horse drawn buggy but we just walked it, it wasn’t bad. It took us about 20 mins. You’ll find bathrooms (nice) just before you start the walk which are €0.50 to use with several stalls. The bathrooms at the top of the trail before the gorge are not so nice, only 1 potty per gender, but free.
The cost is €3 for adults and €1,50 for kids 6-16. We were a group of 4 adults and 3 kids which was €20. There are several places that sell souvenirs and food right before the cash office.
The walk through the gorge takes around 15 minutes each way.
There are some low ceiling areas where you have to duck down a bit to go under, this added to the fun of the adventure for us.
When I was researching info I’d seen lots of people say to wear ponchos, etc. We did not and did not get soaking we, sure we got some drips on us but it was not poncho worthy and I was not concerned about my cameras. So I’d say ponchos would be an overkill for the trip. I do recommend wearing good walking shoes not because it was slick but because there was lots of walking involved.
I loved the light shining into the gorge and into the waterfalls.
There is even a statue along the path.
It was also nice and cool on the walk so it was perfect for the hot day.
After we got the end of the walk we went down by the water so the kids (and Mr. B) could play with the gorgeous water.
From here you can hike up and take the cable car back down if desired (for a fee) but we had one who’s not a fan of heights so we chose to hike back through the gorge.
I had read to go earlier in the day to avoid the crowds and I think that is true. We arrived around 9:30 am and it was very quite, when we were leaving at 11 am it was getting much busier.
The 11 & 12 year old loved the gorge it was was their favorite site…until we visited the Eagle’s Nest, then it got bumped to #2, LOL!
We all thought this was a great adventure and I bet it’s amazing during the winter as well! Highly recommended if your looking for something to do in the Garmsich area.
Know Before You Go
What: Partnach Gorge in Garmisch, Germany.
How To Get There: It’s about 6 hours from the Spangdahlem, 5 hours from Ramstein and 15 mins from Edelweiss (but highly suggest staying in an apartment instead!). GPS addy: Partnach Gorge 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Parking: Parking is available at Olympic Stadium it was €5.
Cost: Adults €3, kids ages 6-16 €1,50
Traveling with little kids: This is not a stroller friendly activity. You can wear them in carriers as I seen many people wearing their kids, note that there are some low ceilings so you’ll need to duck down in several spots.
How long: Plan on at least 1.5 hours to walk to the gorge & back, walk the gorge path & back, more if you want to play around longer in the river area.