7km – with Prasana.
Bavaria has the cliché always to be sunny when the weather in the rest of Germany is crap. Every German is jealous about the weather the Bavarians have. It’s got more or less a sunshine guarantee. Except in the last week. Since we got here it’s bloody pouring down. I always say as long as you’ve got the sun in your heart who cares about bad weather. But man! This is my bloody summer holiday for Christ’s sake!! Get the f***ing sun out!
So we needed to find something we could do when it’s raining. 15 mins driving down the road is Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Home to the Olympic ski-jumping hill from 1936 and New Year’s Ski Jump event, there is also a gorge that is highly recommended especially when it’s raining. The Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge) is 702 meters long and 80 meters high. With walking up to the entrance of the gorge through quite roads and trails, a walk through the gorge and all the way back again it sums up to 7km. Optionally, you can extend the walk at the end of the gorge and follow the hiking trail further.
My heart was really cloudy after being stuck in rain for the last few days. But the Partnach Gorge was spectacular and so lightened up my mood! We walked under ledges and through tunnels driven into the rocks that guided us though the gorge. Because it was raining, water was pouring from the ledges, creating tiny waterfalls. Thankfully, we wore waterproofs and had an umbrella with us.
At the same time, the Partnach raged to our feet, making our voices almost inaudible. Next to us bigger waterfalls plummeted from a height up to 80 meters into the Partnach. We were soaked when we came out of the gorge, but it was so well worth it. In between I was seriously concerned about the health of our cameras. Photographing up the rain, through drizzle and little waterfall, my camera probably hated me for that.