Visiting Garmisch Partenkirchen is a pure delight and I was really surprised of how diversed the city is. From the colorful painted frescoes of the quiant traditional bavarian houses, to it´s rich natural landscapes, up to the beauty of the valley from the foot of the Zugspitze. This city has it all,just like in it´s neighbour town of Mittenwald where I´ve seen the beauty of the flaming mountains.
For my water-everywhere series, Garmisch has a lot to offer. I have written before that I love photographing Fountains in every new city that we are visiting so here´s another addition.
First I saw this beautiful fountain named after Richard Strauss, a famous German composer, violinist and pianist.He´s one of the few who made quite big in the field of German Romanticism.He was even the cover of Time magazine in 1927;he is quite famous so I think he really deserves a fountain!
I tooked time to listen to his music, esp. the best 10 essential pieces and I kinda like it.Classical music holds so much charm to me. I have always been fascinated by the rich musical history of German composers and musical gods like Mozart and Beethoven.His piece, the Sprach Zarathustra, which was used as the main theme of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick, and by the BBC in their coverage of the Apollo Moon landings.
What surprised me more is that there are water everywhere in Garmisch-Partenkirchen which was totally fascinating.First, we went here to see the Partnachklamm Gorge, a klamm or a natural rock formations with water gushing and flowing. It is one of the most natural beauty that I have seen in this region so far. I have seen quite a few Klamms, but Partnachklamm is something.It is a real natural beauty carved in centuries.
As we walked through the village, we followed the Partnach river. The color of the water is bluish and greenish because of the minerals and sediments it has. The sound of the gushing water has been our sountrack while we do the hike going through this Gorge.The Partnach is fed by meltwaters from the Schneeferner glacier some 1,100 m (3,600 ft) higher up. The glacier’s meltwaters seep into the bedrock and reach the surface again near the source of the Partnach.
Seeing this type of natural wonder is really unforgettable. We explored this Gorge with my little girl and she was just singing inside, trying to be louder than the waterfalls. i think this destination is very family friendly and almost doable for all ages.With great hiking shoes, it was a pleasant hike and quite an a unique family adventure.
Just in case you are curious, here´s a glimpse of what´s to see in this Klamm. Video credit from GaPa Tourismus.
We´ve visited this in summer but I am really curious how pretty it is in winter when all the water turned into frozen stalagmites and stalactites. On the outside, it is soaring hot but we´ve managed to cool down inside because of the splashes and mists from the gorge.
We love exploring natural paradise and landscapes and yes, most of the places I frequented are family friendly and of course, the wonder factor is there.
Until then, Tschüss!