Although we know that Munich is a vibrant city with many things to offer, as soon as we were given the chance to explore the outdoors, we jumped at the chance to do so. We partnered with KATSET Tours, a new company that offers yoga classes and outdoor tours in Munich.
Unlike most of the tour companies that we have partnered with, the owner and organizer Kat met us personally and took us on a private tour around her favourite outdoor spots in Munich. Although we came during the wrong time, she gladly obliged and tailor designed a tour for us. We woke up that day amazed by the perfect sunny weather ahead and were more than excited to meet Kat. She picked us up from our hostel and we began driving an hour to the outskirts of Munich to the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The drive was beautiful and scenic as she showed us views of the countryside and the majestic Bavarian Alps.
Experiencing the Beauty of Partnachklamm
Since it was already nearing the Winter season, we didn’t have enough time to do a full mountain trek. Instead, Kat brought us to Partnachklamm where you walk through a path right next to a canyon to get to the gorge. The path is a labyrinth of tunnels leading to the top of the canyon while you see the river running underneath you. To be honest, we didn’t quite know what to expect but it definitely wasn’t that!
Being the outdoor people that we are, we loved getting away from the city and being one with nature. We slowly made our way through the crossing, all while looking down at the raging river underneath us. The canyon walls shone brightly whenever the sun hit it, lighting our way through the tunnels.
As soon as we reached the end, silence fell upon our mindless chatter as we gazed upon the incredible views. It was honestly quite magical as we saw the sun shining through the rocks as the water underneath us raged on. The mist from the water seemed like it was glowing as leaves from the trees above slowly fell. We stood there in awe before continuing to the end.
The gorge is located at the very base of Zugspitze, which is the largest mountain in Bavaria. After reaching the end, we took a minute to catch our breath from the excitement of the scenery then began walking a little bit further to reach the river. The weather was on our side as the sun shone brightly, making it the perfect day to be outdoors. We walked beside the river and sat down for a minute to enjoy where we were. We filled up our water bottles from the river then began walking a little bit further to fully make the most out of the mountain breeze.
During our walk, we stumbled upon a place that was eerily filled with rocks that were piled on top of each other to make structures. Kat mentioned that they were made by an artist and can be found all over the river. These sculptures are supposed to be a symbol of finding your way home wherever you are. It was a pretty cool sight to see!
Cost of Experiences with Katset:
Since Kat made us a tailor made tour which suited the amount of time that we had and the weather, we didn’t actually go on any of the usual trips that she offers. For more details on the different activities that Kat has, head on over to KATSET.com
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A Relaxing Walk around Walchensee
After our short trek, we then proceeded to one of Kat’s personal favorite places in Munich, the lake by Walchensee. As we drove along the area, we saw stunning views of the mountains with small quaint villages as the backdrop. The lake itself was very impressive and is said to be a popular spot during the Summer for people to swim, experience water sports, or just relax.We walked around for a bit then found a spot to sit down and eat some food. Rather than being on a tour, our day with Kat was like spending a day with a friend. It was both refreshing and endearing to hear someone speak so excitedly about the outdoors and how it has helped define her life’s passion.
Finishing the day with a German Beer
Naturally, no good day in Germany ends without some beer so Kat took us to a small brewery called Giesinger where we enjoyed a few pints of well-home-made beer. Our tour, although it was short, gave us a taste of the beautiful Bavarian outdoors and left us wanting more! To anyone that is looking for a fun day exploring the outdoors of Munich, KATSET tours will show you a different side of Munich and you will not be disappointed.