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Discover water: Partnach to Wetterstein tour

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  • Kochelbergalm
    / Kochelbergalm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Partnachklamm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Partnachalm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Partnachklamm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
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A fascinating and varied hike awaits you. The impressive natural spectacle of the Partnach Gorge turn this walk into an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

 

easy
Distance 11.5 km
4:00 h
558 m
558 m
1,144 m
702 m
This varied trail takes you through meadows and thick deciduous forest, and leads you past spectacular waterfalls and pools in the Partnach Gorge. After a steep hike up to the Partnachalm the valley opens up to fantastic views of the Wetterstein mountains. Just before reaching the pond at the Kochelberg Alm (Alpine hut) the route passes a dormant sulphur spring on the left hand side, which you will recognise by the piled and stacked stones which are covered with a pretty layer of moss. If you breathe in deeply you'll smell the intense odour of sulphur emitted from the water, which for this reason is not suitable for drinking. This hike is particularly suitable for families with older children on warm, summer days.

 

For a more detailed description of the tour, please refer to "PDF Print" above.

 

Author’s recommendation

The Partnach Gorge is a spectacular and constantly changing natural spectacle which offers a new experience each time you return, changing in the different seasons and even at different times of the day.

 

Entrance to the gorge: € 2 Adults / € 1 Children 6-16 yrs / Discounts for groups, DAV (German Alpine Club)-members and the handicapped

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus
Update: December 28, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Partnachalm, 1,144 m
Lowest point
Olympiaskistadion, 702 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Kochelberg-Alm

Safety information

The walk through the Partnach Gorge is dark and may be slippery at points.

 

Tips and hints

www.gapa.dewww.partnachklamm.eu www.partnachalm.de

Start

Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station. (706 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.491700, 11.097610
DMS
47°29'30.1"N 11°05'51.4"E
UTM
32T 658000 5261939
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Destination

Bahnhof Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Turn-by-turn directions

With the train station behind you, walk a little way along Bahnhofstraße and turn right into Partnachauenstraße. The footpath runs parallel to the Partnach and after about 10 minutes you will reach a junction. On the opposite side of the road (Schornstraße) you should keep left until the path which runs next to the Partnach branches off to the right. The footpath takes you under a railway bridge into meadowland, which is used for grazing cows and horses in summer. At the end of the asphalt path you'll find yourself back at the Partnach, which from here you should follow to the right to the entrance of the Partnach gorge.

 

The narrow path winds up through the gorge, taking you past incredible views of waterfalls and wild rapids, before finally leading you into the basin of the valley after about 800m. Here, you might have a rest at the gravel banks which have built up – and a wooden bridge that will keep your feet dry as you cross the Ferchenbach. Following this you should cross the Partnach, which flows from the Reintal (Rein valley). The trail continues along its serpentine path to the Partnachalm, where you can stop for a drink or a meal if you feel like taking a break. Walking beyond the Partnachalm head right and you will join a road which in winter is the backdrop for the traditional Hornschlittenrennen (horn sledge race). Proceed uphill and the road branches to the left toward the Kochbergalm. Here you will be hiking through light woods, on slightly sloped ground. If you choose to take a detour the Kochbergalm – which is hidden behind the pond – your arrival will likely be greeted loudly by the flock of poultry. Here you can enjoy a hearty meal on the sunny terrace before beginning your descent into the town. The path runs next to a paved streamlet past the Alpsitz-Wellenbad back down to Riffelstraße. Turn right here and continue on to Olympiastraße. Here you should turn left and after a few metres you should see the railway underpass on the right-hand side.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The German Rail runs regular train services to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (hourly connections from Munich, regular connections from Innsbruck and Reutte/Tirol). From the station take the local bus (number 1 or 2) to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium).

 

Getting there

Motorway A95 from Munich toward Garmisch-Partenkirchen to its end at Eschenlohe, continuing on the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the Farchant tunnel follow signs to the Partenkirchen part of town. Continue along the B2 until you reach the town hall and here turn right toward the train station.

Coming from Innsbruck/Mittenwald, take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen until you reach the town hall crossing in Partenkirchen, here turn right toward the train station.

On the B23 (coming from Ehrwald/Tirol or Grainau/Zugspitze), enter Garmisch-Partenkirchen and turn right at the traffic lights toward “Kaserne/Marshall-Center” and then follow signs to the train station.

Parking

Large car park in front of the train station (P4), paid parking.

 

Coordinates

DD
47.491700, 11.097610
DMS
47°29'30.1"N 11°05'51.4"E
UTM
32T 658000 5261939
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Entdeckungstour Wasser, erhältich in der Tourist Information und unter www.gapa.de

Equipment

Sturdy footwear, weatherproof clothing for the gorge.

 

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rating

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Marianne L.
October 10, 2017 · Community
Auf der Karte führt der steilere Weg ,hinter der Partnachalm, links hoch Richtung Sattlerhütte zur Kochelbergalm. Beschrieben ist aber der leichtere Weg :von der der Partnachalm geht es auf dem Fahrweg geradeaus weiter Richtung Kochelbergalm .
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Marianne L.
September 21, 2017 · Community
Sehr schöne Wanderung.Ich würde die Tour als Mittel einstufen .Es sind immerhin 450 Höhenmeter steiler Aufstieg.Und Abstieg bis zur Kochelbergalm mit viel Geröll zu überwinden. Der Preis für die Partnachklamm beträgt mit der Gästekarte 4 Euro
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Petra Schwarz-Gerlach
June 06, 2017 · Community
Wir sind heute durch die Partnachklamm gewandert. Eine wunderschöne Schlucht, regenfeste Kleidung und auch eine Taschenlampe sind von Vorteil, da das Wasser auch auf dem Weg von oben tröpfelt und die Tunnel zwar kurz, aber finster sind.
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When did you do this route? June 06, 2017

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
11.5 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
558 m
Descent
558 m
Highest point
1,144 m
Lowest point
702 m
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