Your hike begins at the Olympic Ski Stadium. Start by finding the large information board to get your bearings before following the road upriver toward Partnach. On the right side of the road you will see crosses erected in remembrance of accident victims on this spot. Continuing along this road, soon you will pass the base terminal of the Graseck cable car. Shortly after this you will see an asphalt path leading to the start of the Partnach gorge, which was declared a natural monument in 1912. The gorge attracts tourists and hikers with its wild, roaring waterfalls and chutes. At an altitude of around 800m, the Partnach torrent has created a gorge in the rock up to 80m metres deep, forming one of the most beautiful gorges throughout the Alps. The footpath which takes you into the gorge begins right next to the water. In the past only lumberjacks, hunters and foresters came along this route, but as the number of tourists visting the area increased towards the beginning of the 1900s, the path was improved and above all, made safer.
At the end of the gorge the Partnach opens up into a wide valley. Continue upriver until you reach a fork in the path. Follow the path signposted toward “Schachen / Kälbersteig”. The Kälbersteig – which means something like “calves' trail” - will lead you up the mountain for the next 3 hours. At around the halfway point this footpath crosses the Königsweg (King's way), along which King Ludwig once travelled to his castle by horse-drawn coach. The footpath is well-signposted throughout.
The most spectular sight of your hike awaits you: the Schachen hunting castle, which was commissioned in 1869 by King Ludwig II. of Bavaria and completed in 1870, at an altitude of 1866m. The castle's facade was kept surprisingly plain in the style of the so-called “Swiss House”. The luxurious “Moorish Courtroom” - which occupies the whole of the top floor of the building – lies in stark contrast to the castle's simple outer face. Here a world of red, gold and blue awaits you. It was here in the Turkish courtroom, equipped with divans and a central, indoor fountain, that the King chose to celebrate his birthday each year on the 25th August in Apline seclusion. Nearby the castle you will find the botanical gardens, laid out in 1900. The gardens continue the “exotic” theme, presenting Alpine flowers next to plants from north America, Asia, the Carpathian and the Caucasus mountains.
Behind the hunting castle the path continues on toward the Dreitorspitze. The Meiler hut is clearly signposted. Here the trail becomes steeper and continues in a serpentine until it reaches a grass meadow which stunning views. From this point the route is flattens out until a final steep stretch which leads you through rock and rubble up to the Meiler hut.
Recommendation: Overnight stay in the Schachenhaus or the DAV Meiler hut and on the second day the descent into the Oberrein valley, hiking back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen via the Oberreintal hut, Bock hut, Partnachalm and finally the Olympic Skiing Stadium.