Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Towering, rugged rock faces, 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) to the end of September.
January 29, 2016
The Kitzlochklamm is about 1.5 km long. A visit is expected to take around 1 ½ hour. There is a large parking lot right at the entrance to the gorge, which is also suitable for buses. The Kitzlochklamm is open from Mother's Day to mid-October. You can find the exact opening times and entrance fees on the Kitzlochklamm homepage.
The Kitzlochklamm is the gorge of the Rauriser Ache which flows into the Salzach. The many small waterfalls, bridges and bays make the Kitzlochklamm a very special natural spectacle on the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park. In the gorge you can either do the circular route, which takes approx. 1 ½ hours, or you can extend your hike and also visit the Maria Elend Chapel in Embach (approx. 3 hours walk).
The Kitzlochklamm is also a "highlight" for climbers. A modern sports via ferrata offers experienced climbers the opportunity to get to know the Kitzloch Gorge from a completely different perspective. The via ferrata is approx. 300m long and not suitable for inexperienced climbers. Expect to spend 2-3 hours for the ascent.
An absolute MUST is the Klamm & Klang torchlight hike through the gorge. If you are in the vicinity of Taxenbach on one of the dates, we can warmly recommend the torchlight hike with musical accompaniment.
October 22, 2019
On the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park is Taxenbach with the unique natural spectacle, the Kitzlochklamm. The name of the Kitzlochklamm was derived from young goats, which used to like to go to the cooler gorge on hot summer days.
In the Kitzlochklamm, families hike past the waterfall, which thunders and thunders down the gorge. In thousands of years of work, the Rauriser Ache has drilled its way through the limestone slate and carved vertical walls into the Kitzlochklamm. While the huge masses of water find their way in the Kitzloch Gorge, children and parents are covered with a delicate film of water. Families can experience the fascinating elemental force of the water in the Kitzlochklamm up close.
In 1553 miners in search of gold dug a tunnel, the so-called Ritz tunnel, in the Kitzlochklamm. Families pass the Ritz tunnel on their way through the Kitzloch Gorge. Children and parents can take a leisurely tour of the Kitzloch Gorge. A visit to the gorge takes around two hours. There is a large parking lot at the entrance to the gorge.
On request, families can take part in guided hikes or torch-lit hikes through the Kitzlochklamm.
November 19, 2019
The Kitzloch Gorge is certainly one of the most beautiful and impressive gorges in our Alpine region. The unique natural spectacle with numerous idyllic bays, towering rugged rock faces, an impressive hermitage and the spectacular bridge make the gorge a special kind of excursion for the whole family.
The Rauriser Ache shoots through the narrow rocky slopes with unrestrained force. The crystal clear water rushes one last time between the shimmering limestone slate before it pours into the Salzach Valley. The Taxenbacher Kitzlochklamm is one of the most beautiful gorges in the Austrian Alps, in the middle of the Salzburg region. For many thousands of years, rain and meltwater created an impressive natural spectacle on the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the largest protected area in Central Europe. Idyllic bays and rugged, meter-high rock walls cast a spell over nature lovers from May to October. Between mossy stones, the rays of the sun dance like little elves in the glittering water dust. Bridges and tunnels from the 16th century open up the gorge for hikers and walkers, who can admire the natural beauties on their tour to the idyllic hermitage. A spectacular bridge high above the roaring water promises thrills for the whole family. The hike continues to the Maria Elend pilgrimage church in Embach. On guided tours, visitors learn many details about the origins and discover other treasures of the wild and romantic gorge such as the Ritz tunnel.
October 9, 2019
What a wonderful tour. Immediately after our starting point (Embach) we start the descent. A wide path took us to the Kitzlochklamm. Equipped with a helmet, we started a beautiful and safe climb up through this Klamm. The climb was easy because of the 'comfortable stairs'. With the Kitzlochklamm behind us, we continued this tour through a forest trail strewn with tree roots before returning to Embach via the Alpine meadow. All in all a fantastic adventure of about 4 hours. Recommended!
August 17, 2021
The Kitzlochklamm is wonderful, it is the most beautiful gorge in the Salzburg region. Well worth it than the Lichtensteinklamm.
Also the experimental tunnel in the middle of the tour, by the way, this is a great place to take a break and have a snack. We have linked the gorge with a circular route
September 5, 2021
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