Monday, 10 July 2017

Partnach Gorge - Partnachklamm

On the edge of Garmisch Partenkirchen is the Olympic Skiing Stadium (Olympia Skistadion), and from here there is a path that leads you after a 25 minute walk to the entrance of an amazing natural monument that took our breath away. It is called the Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm) and is a must-see if you want to be impressed by the terror of nature.

My photos of the gorge here cannot even approach conveying the experience of walking beside this fast-flowing glacial river at the bottom of a 100 metre cleft in the rocks. For one thing, there's the sound. A deafening, constant roar that starts assuming the sound of mad voices shouting at you. And then there is the claustrophobia as you feel the huge amount of rocks above ready to crush down on you, and the path takes you through winding, pitch-dark tunnels.

When you emerge into sunlight once more where the gorge widens out into a valley, you feel like thanking the deity for delivering you from this awful place. And then you can either start off on one of the many long and steep footpaths that will eventually take you back to Garmisch Partenkirchen, or you can take a gulp and return the way you came, back through the gorge.

You can also peek down into the gorge from that iron bridge, way up above there.

Out the other side of the gorge, people have been busy laying pebbles on top of other pebbles. I think because the awesomeness of the gorge sent them a bit funny.

You might wish to give thanks to your deity for keeping you safe!

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