Lammerklamm Gorge is a romantic gorge about 45 minutes by car from Hallstatt. One of the lesser-known, hidden gorges of Austrians is a great excursion for the whole family. If you don't want to see popular gorges like the Barenschützklamm 🐻 in Mixnitz, the Ötschergraben or the Raabklamm, then this gorge was "made" for you. Of course there is the also less touristy Leutasch gorge, but it is much further away. So let’s take a look at what’s worth knowing about Lammer Gorge in our brief summary.
Being a part of the city of Scheffau, the imposing gorge can be explored with a short hike, promising a great half-day program.
Beware, there is another Scheffau in Austria, located next to the Krimml waterfall. Don't confuse the two.
Accommodation - Hallstatt
Hallstatt is a charming little town, and accommodation can be found especially if you book in advance. I've copied here what booking.com has to offer so that if you don't have anywhere to sleep yet, it's easier to search.
Vienna - Lammerklamm distance
The gorge is really only just 45 minutes from Hallstatt, or an about 5-6 hour drive from Vienna.
Therefore, if you have time, schedule a visit to the gorge for your time in the Austrian village (be it a weekend or an entire week). After all, nothing is worth more than taking advantage of the proximity of the gorge and saving time while the experience is guaranteed.
- Address: Scheffau 50, 5440 Scheffau am Tennengebirge, Austria
- Distance from Vienna: 3.5 hours / 340 km
- Distance from Hallstatt: 45 minutes / 36 km
- Distance from Salzburg: 40 mins / 50 km
Tip: If you are not familiar with the map of Austria, here you will find 7 useful maps for your trip.
Tennengau Region 🌲 🥾
Lammer Gorge is located in the Salzburg region, more precisely in Tennengau (West Dachstein). The area also offers many opportunities for climbing and hiking. You can choose from more than 300 painted hiking trails that take you through the valley and to the peaks.
You can also shorten many hiking trails in Tennengau thanks to the ski lifts, which also operate in summer. Thus, many routes are especially enjoyable with children.
Lammer Gorge – some information
The formation of the imposing gorge carved out by the Lammer River dates back to the Ice Age. The narrow gorge was dug by glaciers, where the Lammer River later found its place. Today, it is mostly the river that forms (mostly widens) the gorge.
The gorge has been walkable for a long time, since 1884 to be exact, making it one of the first gorges to become walkable in Europe!
The Lammer Gorge is located in Lammer Valley - Lammertal - carved by the Lammer River. You can find the entrance to the gorge on the map below with the name Entrance / Eingang marked 1.
Lammer gorge route
The tour in the gorge can only go one way, forward, so you will definitely not get lost. Although there is no large elevation in the gorge, you should expect steeper sections of a few meters.
The hike of the 1.5 km long gorge is easy - but with a sore knee or fear of heights, you need to consider whether you should try it.
The river accompanies your way varyingly with narrower and wider beds. You can explore the gorge in about 1 hour!
The route can include rocky parts here and there, so be sure to pay attention. You will be moving forward on mostly wooden planks and a bridge.
The railing reaches over the hips and is densely crossed all the way through - so kids can’t get through it or accidentally fall over it.
The Lammerklamm gorge is a real excursion for the whole family! Highly recommended with children due to its short length. 👨👩👧👦
Lammer Gorge Bridge
Once during the tour you will cross from the right side of the river to the left side. This is one of the most impressive points of the short tour. In addition, of course, several "viewpoints" have been set up so that you can take photos and look around from there.
From the 30 meter high bridge you can look back in the direction you came from so you can admire not only the water but also the towering Tennengebirge mountains.
One of the most interesting points of the gorge is the so-called Dark Gorge, where the wider playground of the water narrows and the river rises. It got its name because in many cases the light is barely filtered in, so the gorge here can be said to be dark.
The Dark Gorge is to the right of the entrance. After entering, head right into the Dark Gorge, then if you admired it enough, back to the entrance. From here, the road continues to the left.
Lammer Gorge - opening hours
The gorge is closed from late October to mid-April. In general, regardless of the month, the gorge opens at 9 a.m. and closes between 5 and 7 p.m. Lammerklamm is open every day.
- April, May, October: 09:00 to 17:00
- June, September: 09:00 to 18:00
- July, August (high season): 09:00 to 19:00
It is important to know that the season opening is not fixed. Therefore, if you are visiting the area in April or October, always make sure the gorge is open before you set off.
In extreme weather, the gorge may close, otherwise it is open in the rain as well. ⛈
When is the best time to go?
The gorge is most beautiful when the waters of the Lammer are rich. Thanks to the spring snowmelt and rain, it is worth going around April - May, when the trees are already in full bloom, the weather is pleasant (with layered clothing and a raincoat), and the Lammer River flowing below you is spectacularly advancing in the gorge.
Prices and admission
If you have a Salzburger Land card, admission is free. You can also buy tickets in advance online at this link.
- Adult: 5 euros
- Children from 5 to 15 years: 3 euros
- Children under 6 years: free
- Family: entrance fee for adults 3 euros, for children 2 euros
Lammer Gorge - with wheelchair or pram
⚠️ You can’t explore the gorge in a wheelchair or with a pram.
Lammer Gorge - with dogs
The good news is that you can also go into the gorge with a dog (to the best of my knowledge, for free). Be sure to bring a leash because dogs are only allowed in that way.
You can park at either the entrance or the exit. Which one you choose is up to you.