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The most beautiful gorges of the Alps

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The most beautiful gorges of the Alps

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You're surrounded by rocky walls reaching high up into the skies, while the water rushes past deep down below you, falling into further depths, creating more and more nooks and crannies. Following the torrent you see a pathway, made of planks or bridges. Walking downstream: outdoor fans such as yourself, dressed in colorful raincoats, pointing fingers, staring into the gushing waters as transfixed as yourself. Canyons and gorges make us feel the power of nature - especially at springtime, when the temperatures start rising and the snowmelt sets in. So you can plan your next adventure, we've picked out the most beautiful gorges of the Alps for you.

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    Almbachklamm

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    The pure power of the water drifts in the oldest marble ball mill in Germany at the entrance to the Almbachklamm perfectly round balls of coarse marble dry. Behind it opens a wildly romantic gorge with waterfalls, pools and cascades, in which the crystal-clear torrent can let off steam. The elaborate trail leads safely through the entire gorge.

    Hours: May to October
     Admission: Adults (from 16 years) 3 €, young people (from 6 years) 1.50 €

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    Wimbachklamm

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    The water of the Wimbach, which flows underground in the rear Wimbachtal, comes in this gorge with a loud roar to the surface and crashes spectacularly over steep waterfalls down into the gorge. Along the steep rocks, bridges and footbridges lead past the impressive natural spectacle through the 200 m long gorge.

    The gorge is accessible only from below, after the Wimbachschloss you come back to the starting point via another route.

    opening hours
    May 1 - November 1, 7 am - 7 pm, weather-related changes possible

    entry
    Adults and young people € 2, children under 6 years free

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    Partnachklamm

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    When clouds of mist hang over the water in summer and icicles from the walls in winter, the magic of this place is almost tangible. The Partnach cut 80 meters deep into the rock. It's dark, cold and damp below. The path leads 700 meters through tunnels and passages carved into the rock.

    The Partnach Gorge is open all year round, a rain jacket and clothing for cooler temperatures as well as good shoes are advisable in every season.

    You can find more information here: partnachklamm.de/de.

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    Seisenbergklamm

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    With the melting ice of the last ice age, the Weißbach dug deep into the limestone rock and today is a unique natural spectacle. Open from the beginning of May until the end of October daily from 8.30am to 6.30pm. Admission: adults € 4.30, children € 2.80

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    Sigmund-Thun Klamm

    Hiking Highlight

    As the gorge is only about 400 meters long, you should take your time while walking to be able to enjoy the thundering floods correspondingly long. The descent through the gorge is not possible. Instead, take the parallel hiking trail.
    Before that, however, a round trip of the Klammsee is recommended.

    For the crossing of the gorge a maintenance fee has to be paid.

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    Galitzenklamm

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    The Wasserschaupfad and the via ferrata are part of the water park Galitzenklamm.

    The Wasserschaupfad runs on comfortable footbridges and allows everyone to explore the imposing gorge with its roaring waterfalls and the view of the Lienz Dolomites.

    The exposed via ferrata with difficulty level C leads along spectacular waterfalls and high cliffs. Equipment can be borrowed for a fee at the cash desk. Difficulty C, duration 40 min, height difference 75m.

    opening hours
    May weekends: 10am - 5pm
    June: daily 10am - 5pm
    July & August: 9am - 6pm
    September: 10am - 5pm

    Admission: adults 4,50 €, children 3,50 €

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    Breitachklamm

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    The waters of the Breitach rushing through a narrow gorge from some hundred meters high, partly overhanging rock walls, falls over rock ledges further into the depth and sprayed thereby fine water drops, which create a mystical mood. An unforgettable natural spectacle.

    The Breitachklamm is the deepest canyon in Europe, which can be hiked to a length of 1.5 km on well-traveled and secured paths. On hot summer days it is refreshingly cool, in winter the gorge is one of the only open ones at all.

    opening hours
    Summer season: From 9 am - last admission 5 pm - closing 6 pm
    Winter season: From 9 o'clock - last admission 16 o'clock - closing 17 o'clock

    entry
    Adults € 4, children € 1.50

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    Taminaschlucht

    Hiking Highlight

    Only at lunchtime does some light penetrate this deep, narrow gorge; it is damp and cool at the bottom of the up to 70 meter high rock walls at all times. A secured tunnel leads through the rock past the small thermal water fountain to the spring water grotto.

    Opening times: late April to late October, daily from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m.
    Admission: Adults 5 CHF

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    Zammer Lochputz

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    From one of the oldest hydroelectric power plants in the entire country today, anyone can penetrate through tunnels, paths and bridges in the wild natural beauty to the 30m high waterfall. The operators emphasize the mystical atmosphere that lies above the Zammer Lochputz, while the waterfall overlooks a huge stone bull looking at the head of a young water nymph.

    Opening hours:
    1st May - 30th September: daily from 09.30 to 17.30
    1st October - 31st October: Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 10am to 5pm
    Every Wednesday from 19.30 in the winter through the illuminated gorge

    Admission: adults € 4, children (7-15 years) € 3, seniors (from 60 years and older) € 3.50

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    Kitzlochklamm

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    Towering rugged cliffs, idyllic bays, an impressive hermitage and the spectacular bridge make the gorge one of the most beautiful in the Austrian Alps.

    The hike through the gorge takes about 1.5 hours. It is open daily from Mother's Day (beginning of May) until the end of September from 8am to 6pm. From October from 09.00 to 17.00, depending on the weather. Admission: adults 6 €, children 4 €

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    Vorderkaserklamm

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    The 80 meter deep gorge is just 80 centimeters wide at the narrowest points. You can explore them on a total of 51 wooden walkways with 35 stairs. Even today, the Ödenbach deepens the Vorderkaserklamm by about six millimeters a year.

    Opening times: May, June, September and October from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., July and August from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: adults 5.50 euros and children (up to 15 years) 3.30 euros.

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