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Through the Partnachklamm gorge to Eckbauer Mountain

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  • / Fackelwanderung durch die Partnachklamm
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  • / Wintereindrücke in der Partnachklamm
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The hike through this impressive geological landmark is a real must! The path leads you through tunnels, along galleries and over footbridges, in turn making this hike a great experience. Discover the Partnachklamm gorge in the winter – huge icicles and frozen waterfalls.


Distance 10.9 km
4:45 h
636 m
637 m
1,228 m
725 m
A real adventure! The ruggedly picturesque Partnachklamm gorge is one of a kind. This hike is really suitable for everyone, including children. 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 surefooted lumberjacks, hunters and rangers used the path, but when increasingly more tourists came to the region at the beginning of the 20th century, the passage was expanded and made safe for everyone.


In the winter, the Partnachklamm is particularly beautiful. In some places you can see the roaring water gushing underneath the ice. Waterfalls are frozen to icy cascades, which look like works of art with blue-turquoise-white plays of colours. Huge icicles glitter and remind you of stalactites in ice caves. Forces of nature in hibernation, yet not completely frozen – come, see and marvel!


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

Author’s recommendation

Entrance fee to the Partnachklamm gorge: adults € 2, children from 6 to 16 € 1, handicapped persons and members of the German Alpine Association pay a reduced fee.


Possibilities to stop for refreshments at inns in Graseck, on the Eckbauer Mountain as well as in Wamberg.

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Update: December 29, 2021
Highest point
1,228 m
Lowest point
725 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Berggasthof Eckbauer
Wamberg, Gasthof
Hintergraseck, Almwirtschaft

Safety information

Ankle-high sturdy boots with antiskid soles are recommended. The Partnachklamm can be visited year-round. On a very few days, however, it might be closed due to the danger of snow and ice falling down.


Tips and hints



Parking site, which is located at the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic skiing stadium), in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (727 m)
47.482415, 11.118308
47°28'56.7"N 11°07'05.9"E
32T 659587 5260950


Parkplatz am Olympia Skistation in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Turn-by-turn directions

Start walking at the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic skiing stadium), directly below the futuristic ski jump. Walk around the stadium and follow Wildenauer Straße in the direction of Partnachklamm. Around half-way you will pass the Lenz’n Hütte inn. Then, cross the Partnach River and pass the so-called “Marterl”, small wayside crosses. The path goes on in the direction of the gorge. Soon you can see the Partnachklamm power station and a small reservoir at the opposite bank. Soon after, you will pass the Gasthof Partnachklamm inn and arrive at the entrance to the gorge. The next section of the hike pulls you into the fascinating world of this narrow valley, washed out of the rocks by the sheer force of water. The gorge is 702 metres long and has dug its bed up to 80 m deep into the rocks over the course of millions of years. The way is secured with wire ropes. At the end of the gorge, the valley widens up again where you will take the next sharp turn to the left. Via steep serpentines, you reach Graseck. Walk on to the Hotel Forsthaus Graseck. At the hotel, turn right and reach the turnoff to Eckbauer/Hintergraseck (signposted) via the forest road Look down to the Partnachklamm, opposite to the Partnachalm hut and south to the castle Schachenschloss. Now, keep to the left and via numerous serpentines continue uphill until you reach the summit at 1,236 m and the Berggasthof Eckbauer inn. After this expedition through the Partnachklamm and the exhausting climb uphill you have earned a break. Invigorated again, walk on across the wide plateau and pass the top terminal of the Eckbauerbahn cable car, a little below the summit. Then, take the way south, in turn enjoying great views. Soon after, turn left and follow a rather steep, marked path down to Wamberg. Again and again there are magnificent views of the Wetterstein, Ammer and Ester Mountains. In Wamberg, you can get some refreshments or a meal, see the church of St. Anna and then walk back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Olympic skiing stadium across snow-covered mountain meadows and through the snowy forests. The way from Wamberg to Partenkirchen is signposted.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (connections from Munich every hour, regular connections from Innsbruck and Reutte). Board the local bus (routes 1 and 2) to Olympia Skistadion.

Getting there

Take the motorway A95 from Munich to its end at Eschenlohe, and then follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the tunnel, drive in the direction of the Partenkirchen part of town. Shortly before leaving town, look for the signs to the Olympia Skistadion.

When coming from Mittenwald, take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. There, 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 intersection at the town hall, and then stay on the main road until shortly before leaving the town, in which a sign will point you to the Olympia Skistadion.


Olympia Skistadion (P13, paid parking)


47.482415, 11.118308
47°28'56.7"N 11°07'05.9"E
32T 659587 5260950
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). Weitere Infos unter +49 8821 180 700 oder auf


Ankle-high sturdy shoes with anti-skid soles, warm winter clothin. In the winter, the path can be icy in some parts. Telescope hiking sticks can be very helpful.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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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Felix Strobel
December 17, 2017 · Community
Wir waren auf dem Weg. Leider ist der GPS Tracking etwas verkehrt, sodass wir uns entschlossen haben etwas um zu disponieren. Außerdem stimmen die Preise für die partnachklamm nicht mehr.
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10.9 km
4:45 h
636 m
637 m
Highest point
1,228 m
Lowest point
725 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Geological highlights


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