A New Year’s Day Hike at Partnach Gorge in Germany

Happy New Year!

I hope 2011 is starting off well for all of you. I want to do a fun 2010 year in review recap, but I’m thinking it will have to wait until I’m back home from vacation!

Today’s German adventure was a New Year’s Day hike :)


My family, Matt, and I headed over to Partnach Gorge to hike and it was spectacular.


The gorge is an area where the Partnach River flows beautifully through a narrow, mile-long gap between the limestone cliffs.


SO cool!


Apparently this hike is open only in winter, summer, and fall — in the spring it’s too dangerous with all the flooding from the melting ice and snow! I can see why ;)



If you ever come to Germany — do this hike. It was absolutely magical, especially with the snow and ice everywhere. 



My brother during the hike:


Me and Matt all bundled up:


Matt: “I sure hope these icicles don’t break…”







When we came out the other end of the gorge, the sun had even come out to play!


We had a beautiful walk from the gorge back to the car, too.



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Plus, we randomly stumbled upon a ski jump where a competition was being held — television crews in helicopters and all!


You had to buy tickets to get in closer, but we were able to watch from where we stood and it was really cool. And scary looking. I don’t know why anyone does this.


After the hiking action and a delicious German lunch of goulash soup, bread, and a salad (I tried to take photos but sadly my camera lens was fogged up from being frozen outside for hours!), we all headed back to the hotel for some relaxation. Matt and I hit up the hotel’s outdoor hot tub — epic.

I will leave you all with what might be my favorite photo of the day:


We are off to dinner shortly — to an Italian place! We need a break from German food ;) Have a great night!

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  1. 1

    Nice pictures! I love the composition of the one with the horse through the fence.

  2. 2

    I’ve enjoyed the travelogue – beautiful area of the world. Glad to see Matt made it safely and I hope he was able to stay up until 2011. My two cents on the tag line – I agree that “awesomeness” is a bit cumbersome. I go for “Come for the recipes and share the vision” or “…stay for the vision” playing on your overall concept and wonderful photography- you have a great eye. Happy New Year to you and Matt and your family.

  3. 3

    I agree with Ben the picture with the horse is great! Those ski events scare the heck out of me as a spectator… yikes! Happy New Year!

  4. 4

    I’m loving these photos. The land is breathtaking. My favorite was the horse through the fence. So peaceful.

  5. 5

    I love these pictures! I wish I could travel more! So beautiful! :)

  6. 6

    Those photos are AMAZING! I’ve only been to Germany once, and it was in the summer, but you definitely make me want to visit in the winter as soon as possible!

  7. 7

    brrrr, but gorgeous!!

  8. 8

    Looks c-c-c-old, but awesome. A great way to start the New Year! Well done –

  9. 9

    Gorgeous pictures!!!!

    Happy 2011 :)


  10. 10

    I really love loveee the hike pics!

  11. 11

    I love, love, love your pictures! I really want to visit Germany one day. Happy New Year!

  12. 12

    Congrats on the monthly Dole gig!

  13. 13

    Your pictures are just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.
    My husband did a tdy assignment in Germany a few years ago and claims he had the best italian food ever. In Germany! Hopefully your dinner will be tasty, as well.

    PS–I saw your little blurb in the Jan/Feb Washington Running Report magazine that came in the mail yesterday. :)

  14. 15

    Those are incredible pictures! Talk about phenomenal icicles! I would love to visit Germany in the winter, or any season really. I was born there but don’t remember much (we were only there a few years…my dad was military).

  15. 16

    Happy New Year. Glorious pictures. Sounds fannetastic. Had a great New Year with my 9 siblings and their spouses, so glad to be back home. Being closed up on a rainy day with 20 people can get tiresome.Love them but glad to be home.
    I just signed up to get the Dole newletter. Congrats.

  16. 17

    Gosh what beautiful scenery!! Those icicles! I love the horse and fence picture. Happy New Year!

  17. 18

    Wow! Germany looks amazing!

  18. 19

    All of your Germany posts are making me all the more excited to move there this summer :)

  19. 20

    Your trip looks absolutely amazing! Have a wonderful time. I can’t wait to see more pictures!

  20. 21

    Beautiful pictures! What a great way to start 2011!

  21. 22

    Just finished the last of our collards and blackeyed peas Ummmmmmmmm.

  22. 23

    Ah! This was my other favorite part of Garmisch! Looks incredible with all the snow… we walked through once during the day, and then again at 3:30 AM the next morning en route to the Zugspitze summit. It was free the second time :)

  23. 25

    You’re pics are gorgeous!!!

    Happy New Years! :)

  24. 26

    Okay so I am about to show my ignorance with photography, but the picture with the horse, how did you do that. LOL what setting is that? (I have a point and shoot as well)

  25. 28

    Jealous. That’s all I can say.

  26. 29

    Great post Anne! It looks like you are havign quite the adventure.

    Also wanted to thank you again for your contribution for the newsletter! It’s been great working with you.

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