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Circular hike via Wamberg, Graseck and the Partnachklamm

· 9 reviews · Hiking route · Zugspitz Region
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  • Bauernhaus in Wamberg
    / Bauernhaus in Wamberg
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  • / Uferweg zwischen Olympiaskistadion und Partnachklamm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Panorama nach der Partnachklamm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
m 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 900 800 700 600 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Partnachklamm Bergsattel Wamberg-Eckbauer Wamberg - Kirchdorf Kainzenbad Partnachklamm
This half day tour takes you across lush green meadows and through shadowy forests to Wamberg. With its church of St. Anna is the highest-altitude village in Germany with a church and the whole village is under historical preservation order.
13 km
3:45 h
579 m
579 m
Wamberg, the highest-altitude village with its own church in Germany, is just as unspoilt as the surrounding nature. The old farmhouses with their shingle roofs, wooden gables and balconies look cozy and make you feel like in times long gone. Surrounded by meadows and forests, time seems to pass more slowly here. From Wamberg you walk across romantic mountain pastures of the Wamberger Sattel downhill towards Elmau and then to Hintergraseck and Vordergraseck. With the Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge), a geological highlight waits for your visit. In 1912, the gorge was declared a natural monument, fascinating everyone with its wild roaring waterfalls, cataracts and pools. The Partnach mountain torrent has dug its bed up to 80 m deep into the rocks over a distance of ca. 800 m, creating one of the most beautiful gorges in the Alps. The track leads through the gorge right next to the water. In former times, only sure-footed lumberjacks, hunters and rangers used the path, but when more and more tourists came to the region at the beginning of the 20th century, the passage was expanded and made safe for everyone. At the end of the trail you can take a look at the new ski jump, an architectural masterpiece. Here, the New Year’s Ski Jumping World Cup event of the Four Hills Tournament takes place every year. In summer, you can take a plunge and relax in the natural swimming pool of the Kainzenbad if the weather is warm.


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Author’s recommendation

Wamberg with its church of St. Anna is the highest-altitude German village with its own church.

At the end of your trip you can take a plunge and relax in the natural swimming pool of the Kainzenbad.

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Updated: November 09, 2020
Highest point
1,180 m
Lowest point
725 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Almwirtschaft Hintergraseck
Hotel Das Graseck

Safety information

Phone number for Alpine emergencies: Phone 112 (Mountain Rescue Service)

Weather forecast for the local mountains of the Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn Bergbahnen cable car company: Phone +49 8821 797979


Tips, hints and links


Olympia Skistadion (Olympic skiing stadium) (730 m)
47.484277, 11.126523
47°29'03.4"N 11°07'35.5"E
32T 660200 5261174

Turn-by-turn directions

Your hike starts at the Olympia Skistadion in the direction of the Klinikum (hospital). After passing the Kainzenbad you follow the Kainzenbadstraße and then the signs to Wamberg. In Wamberg you just follow the street, pass the church of St. Anna and reach the village centre. The first turn to the right leads you across the meadows of the Wamberger Sattel on a forest track first in the direction of Elmau and then to the right to Hintergraseck, via Mittergraseck to Vordergraseck. Signs point you to the Partnachklamm. In around 20 minutes you cross the gorge, from there the road leads you back to your starting point.



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Public transport

Hourly connection from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen with the Deutsche Bahn (German Federal Railway). From there you go by local bus (lines 1 and 2) to the Klinikum (hospital).

Getting there

Take the motorway A95 in the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At the end of the motorway at Eschenlohe follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Behind the tunnel in the direction of Partenkirchen follow the main street and then the signs pointing to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium).

If you are coming from Mittenwald, follow the B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, take the first turn to the left and follow the signs to the Olympia Skistadion.

On the B23, turn right into the Gernackerstraße at the second traffic light in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and follow the course of the road (St.-Martin-Straße, Bahnhofstraße). Turn right at the town hall junction, then stay on the main road until shortly before leaving the town, a sign points you to the Olympia Skistadion.


Olympia Skistadion (P13, partly with fees)


47.484277, 11.126523
47°29'03.4"N 11°07'35.5"E
32T 660200 5261174
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

GaPa Wanderführer mit KOMPASS Wanderkarte (1:35.000), erhältlich bei Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus und unter Alpenvereinskarte, Wetterstein- Mieminger Gebirge, Östliches Blatt (1:25.000) freytag & berndt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Wettersteingebirge, Werdenfelserland (1:25.000). Die Tourist Information verleiht kostenlos einen digitalen Wanderführer mit interessanten Tipps zu Sehenswürdigkeiten, Pflanzen und Tierwelt sowie Einkehrmöglichkeiten. Weitere Infos unter +49 8821 180 700 oder auf


Ankle-high sturdy shoes, weatherproof clothing


Questions and answers

Question from Alexandra Griesert · September 06, 2020 · Community
Wie kann ich die Tour umdrehen in der App? Man kann die Partnachklamm derzeit nicht von oben durchlaufen
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Answer by Bettina Plank  · September 08, 2020 · GaPa Tourismus GmbH
Hallo Alexandra, leider ist es Coronabedingt nicht möglich die Tour umzudrehen, da nur Einbahnverkehr in der Partnachklamm ist. Es ist allerdings möglich von Graseck aus über die Hohe Brücke (kurz nach dem Hotel Graseck) zu gehen und dann an dem Eingang der Partnachklamm rauszukommen. Dann bist du über der Klamm und der Abkürzer ist sehr schön!
Question from Walter Niedermeier · September 04, 2020 · Community
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Florian R
August 23, 2020 · Community
Klamm toll, Rest der Tour dann auch ziemlich einsam :D. Leider fast überwiegend auf Forststraßen. Tolle Aussicht.
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Completed this Route on August 23, 2020
Thomas Schuker
June 29, 2020 · Community
Corona bei bedingt kann man aktuel die Klamm nur hoch laufen.
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Philipp Michalzik
May 19, 2019 · Community
Wer eine fordernde aber nicht zu anspruchsvolle Tageswanderung sucht, ist hier genau richtig. Eine tolle, abwechslungsreiche Runde mit wunderschönem Abschluss in der Partnachklamm.
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Completed this Route on May 19, 2019
Photo: Philipp Michalzik, Community
Photo: Philipp Michalzik, Community
Photo: Philipp Michalzik, Community
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13 km
3:45 h
579 m
579 m
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