Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
28Trip End Oct 26, 2010
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At 5 minutes to 5 we set out for the Partnachklamm. After 1 short wrong turn we got headed in the right direction. Past the Olympic ski jumps and into the canyon. We arrived at the entrance about 10 minutes before they were to close. There was no one there, but there was an iron gate at the entrance which was a tunnel carved in the rock wall. Fearing that we might be locked in, we hurried into the klamm, took some pictures and came back out. I think we figured out that they may only lock the gate when they are expecting flash floods. But we saw the klamm from river level. Then we took another trail above the gorge and across a high narrow bridge (built in 1913). It was a very steep climb but mostly with steps and a rail. Stayed til almost dark, then headed down and back to the gastehouse
By the time we got back and ready to eat, most places were closed. We finally found a hotel restaurant near the bahnhof that was reasonable, and good.
We found that each state in Germany determines, by law, the opening and closing hours for businesses. That's why grocery stores and most other stores are closed by 8pm. Restaurants can stay open longer. The only grocery stores open after 8pm or on Sunday are in the bahnhofs.
Gastehaus Alpenkranz is okay. Of course it is clean. The problem is that we thought we had a room reserved but it was given away before we got there. Then just before we got there, another room was given to another couple, with some confusion and changing of rooms then. It appears that unless you arrive early in the day, you may not have a room even though they say (in writing) that you have one. In the future I would try a different place.
The Alpenkranz is very convenient. Other places in Garmisch are farther from the bahnhof and farther from the Partnachklamm but may honor the reservation.