Partnachklamm — A charm of nature that is inexplicable
Before you try to get the pronunciation of that word in the title right, let me tell you that it is OK. Don’t worry about it too much, just wonder if you will be able to see this place of beauty. I had my fair share of struggling to pronounce German words when I first came here in Germany, but after a point of time I stopped trying to pronounce but trying to know what it is. Now this place, it’s not a mundane beauty, it is something special, something that draws you towards it. I will try my best to bring it out here in this page with my limited knowledge of this language but whatever or how much ever I say about it, it’s just not going to be enough.
Partnachklamm is a gorge, i.e, a narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it. This place is in the German state of Bayern (or Bavaria) and is situated in Garmish, a famous tourist destination in the Bavarian Alps which is very close to the border with Austria.
Garmish is well-connected with Munich by trains and there are lot of options through the course of the day for you to reach Garmish from Munich. A drive from Munich to Garmish will also be something not less than a spectacle. Also from Garmish, you have bus services that will take you very close to where this gorge is situated. You should be getting down at the Olympiastadion (a ski stadium used during 1936 olympics in Germany) and from there its a walkable distance to the entrance of the Partnachklamm gorge. This short distance is in itself a beauty with a stream flowing through the side and in some places bright green grass fields offering you a warm welcome. The blue mountains will be visible at the far distance that stand testament to the varying seasons of time
The treat starts once you enter the gorge after buying the ticket for a small fee (guess it’s 5 euros per person although I don’t remember much). You don’t realise what’s in store for the next 20 mins but I can say this with certainty that you will be amazed by this unique experience. Basically you will be walking from one end of the gorge till the other end. This is possible because a very narrow pathway has been constructed for tourists to walk along the bottom side of one of the rocky hills that constitute the gorge. From the moment you enter this place till you walk out of it, gushing sounds of the water blazing through the rocky surface of the hills will be reverberating around. A sound very similar to the one you hear near any waterfall, but its different here as the sound reverberates. Water will be pouring down from the top of these hills in places here and there, and to watch it amidst the bright rays of sun that fight their way to make it to the bottom of the gorge is just inexplicable. Small forms of rainbows will be visible as you are in the middle of high currents of water and golden rays of the sun. There will be small wooden bridges connecting the two rocky hills in some places at the top. I was completely awestruck at this wonder of nature which I had not seen anywhere. Its not the stream through the forest, its not the rocky hill, its not the waterfall, but its everything together.
Once you come out to the other end, an enchanting view of the forest catches your eyes. Mother nature at its best and a bright day just makes the day for you.
A stroll through the woods will be an enjoyable one. Spend some time just sitting on the banks of the stream. Take time to relax and listen only to the sounds of nature, a much needed change from the usual noises in the cities we all are used to. A treat for our eyes, no doubt. This place will be open even during winter and visiting it during winter is a different experience altogether. For more info, check the links below: