This half day tour takes you across wide snowfields and romantic snow-covered forests to Wamberg. With its church of St. Anna is the highest-altitude village in Germany with a church.
Wamberg, the highest-altitude village with its own church in Germany, is just as unspoilt as the surrounding nature. The old farmhouses with their shingle roofs, wooden gables and balconies look cozy and make you feel like in times long gone. Surrounded by meadows and forests, time seems to pass more slowly here. From Wamberg you walk to Mount Eckbauer and then via Vorder- and Mittergraseck to the Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge), where a geological highlight waits for your visit. In wintertime, the Partnachklamm offers a very special sight with the bizarre icicles and frozen waterfalls. In 1912, the gorge was declared a natural monument, fascinating everyone with its wild roaring waterfalls, cataracts and pools. The Partnach mountain torrent has dug its bed up to 80 m deep into the rocks over a distance of ca. 800 m, creating one of the most beautiful gorges in the Alps. The track leads through the gorge right next to the water. In former times, only sure-footed lumberjacks, hunters and rangers used the path, but when more and more tourists came to the region at the beginning of the 20th century, the passage was expanded and made safe for everyone. At the end of the trail you can take a look at the new ski jump, an architectural masterpiece. Here, the New Year’s Ski Jumping World Cup event of the Four Hills Tournament takes place every year.
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Wamberg with its church of St. Anna is the highest-altitude German village with its own church. All the buildings are under historic preservation order: Have a closer look at the lovely details and the traditional buildings – they are worth seeing.
Olympia Skistadion (Olympic skiing stadium) (729 m)
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Your hike starts at the Olympia Skistadion in the direction of the Klinikum (hospital). After passing the Kainzenbad you follow the Kainzenbadstraße and then the signs to Wamberg. In Wamberg you just follow the street, pass the church of St. Anna and reach the village centre. The first turn to the right leads you to the Eckbauer. Walk over the terrace of the Mountain restaurant and on the trail via Vorder- and Mittergraseck to the gorge. Signs will point you the way as well. In around 20 minutes you cross the gorge, from there the road leads you back to your starting point.
Hourly connection from München Hbf (Munich central station) to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From there you go by local bus (lines 1 and 2) to the Klinikum (hospital).
Take the motorway A95 in the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At the end of the motorway at Eschenlohe follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the tunnel, follow the signs to the Partenkirchen part of the town. Follow the main road in the direction of Mittenwald/Innsbruck. Shortly before the end of the town, turn right and follow the signs pointing to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium).
If you are coming from Mittenwald, follow the B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, take the first turn to the left and follow the signs to the Olympia Skistadion.
If you are coming form Reutte/Ehrwald/Tirol/Grainau via the state road B23, turn right into the Gernackerstraße at the second traffic light in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and follow the course of the road (St.-Martin-Straße, Bahnhofstraße). Turn right at the town hall junction, then stay on the main road until shortly before leaving the town, a sign points you to the Olympia Skistadion.
Olympia Skistadion (P13, partly with fees)
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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