After dropping my bags off at the hostel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, I set out to hike up the Partnach Gorge.
I took a bus from the tourist information center to the Olympic skiing stadium.
From there, it was a short walk uphill to the entrance of the gorge.
The Partnach Gorge hike is (deservedly) one of the most popular hikes of the region. The gorge is about 800 m in length, and the walls rise 80 m high on either side of the Partnach river. At its narrowest, the gorge is only a few meters across.
The trail consists of ledges and tunnels which wind up the side of the gorge.
Small waterfalls cascade down the sides of the gorge, and it is impossible to complete the hike without getting at least a little wet.
Here are some more photos of the gorge.
At the top, the gorge opens up into a wide valley.
I continued to hike uphill towards Eckbauer.
On the way, I passed these goats high on a hill, but I did not see a lonely goatherd.
When I got to Eckbauer, I got some lovely photos of the alps.
I was planning on taking the cable car down from Eckbauer, but it stopped running at 1700. (I missed it by five minutes!)
So I hiked down instead.