After checking into our hotel, we immediately started exploring the area with a visit to the Partnach Gorge.
To reach Partnach Gorge we walked to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympia Stadium) from our hotel. We walked through the town to get the lay of the land, which was a little over a mile.
Still another mile to the entrance of the Gorge
Walking through the stadium and taking pictures, it’s still another mile walk to the entrance of the gorge.
The trail from the stadium to the entrance followed a fast moving stream, the source for the gorge. The streams in the area are glacier fed. The water was very clear and a beautiful shade of blue.
The path from the stadium along the stream is a paved with a slight incline making the travel a moderate hike. Horse drawn carriages are available to take you to the gorge entrance, at a cost.
Various vendors along the way offered snacks, drinks and souvenirs.
The start of the gorge is marked with a small shed where we paid the fee to enter into the gorge. Once you passed this point, there are no more vendors for the length of the gorge.
The gorge trail is about ½ mile long. It’s narrow path that travels through dark tunnels with low ceilings. We had to be careful walking due the water making it slippery. There was a hand railing on the sides of some of the trail.
The gorge is lined with many magnificent water falls with some even producing a brilliant rainbow at the time of our visit. The noise created by the water flowing thru the gorge produces a constant thunderous roar making it hard to hear each other.
Going Back A Different Way
Instead of walking back through the tunnel to return, we decided to take the path up the mountain with lots of steep steps. By the time I reached the top, I was asking myself what was I thinking. But we were rewarded with a nice easy path that eventually led us to a stunning view of the mountains, which made it all worth it.
When we rounded the corner, we came upon a restaurant where we stopped off for some drinks and enjoyed the view before continuing back. Our surroundings made the hike worth while.
The trail going back was just as steep as the one we came up with no steps this time, just a road. Not really sure where we were going, we recognized the souvenir stand we passed on the way. We still had another mile to walk before we could catch the bus which was located on the other side of the stadium. We had already walked over 18,000 steps and the day was not over. We finally reached the bus stop and waited for the bus to take us back to our hotel.