Höllentalklamm is a short hike near Grainau, our Bavarian headquarters. "Hölle" means "hell" in German and for years I thought that the name of this incredible gorge had something sinister in its etymology. But as the official website indicates, it refers rather to "Höhle," which just means cave or grotto. Whew! I often wondered what could have lurked in its past that would give such a sublimely beautiful place an infernal reputation! Although, without the wooden bridges, walkways and handrails, navigating through the gorge would be rather frightening.
Incidentally, the rest of the word seems like a bit of overkill, but German words occasionally do go on and on: "tal" is valley and "klamm" is gorge. Höllental is the name used to refer to the entire gorgeous valley, so adding "klamm" to this is logical.
But by any name, this was a highlight of our Bavarian sojourn. And the overcast, somewhat foggy weather added the perfect atmospheric context to the adventure. For the most part, the photos are shown here in the order they were taken. (Details about the hike itself, in English, is on this page of the Tirol Atlas.)