On the border of Austria and Germany lies a lesser known but all the more fabulous gorge. It is the Leutasch gorge on the border of Bavaria and Tyrol, originally called Leutaschklamm or Leutascher Geisterklamm. While the Bear Gorge or the Ötschergraben are the better known gorges, many Austrian families visit here - in the Bavarian Alps and the Tyrolean mountains.
Perhaps you have already seen pictures of the gorge, the most famous of which is the high bridge seen here. One of the surprising features of the gorge is that it is child-friendly (in fact, many even carry dogs 🐶). There are plenty of signs for children along the hiking trail itself.
The gorge in the Leutasch Valley was dug by the mountain river over millennia. The walls of the gorge tower up to 100 meters high. While huge rocks surround it from the side, a forest covers the view as far as your eyes can see, and beneath you the white river of Leutasch rushes down.
Here, steel sidewalks and staircases were built on the rocks and then connected by bridges. With the help of modern technology, the Austrian gorge can now be conveniently explored.
The gorge was made walkable in 2006. 😍
Thanks to an EU project worth $ 1.4 million and an Austrian-German partnership, you can walk about 930 meters here in the skies today. If we add this to the other wooden planks and stairs, we get the total length of the gorge, which is 1650 meters. With this, Leutasch has the title of the longest gorge in the Eastern Alps.
|Address||C6HP+44 Leutasch, Austria|
|Panorama road Opening hours||Every day, 0-24|
|Waterfall Opening hours||May - October (10-17 or 09-18)|
|Panorama road entrance||0 euro / free|
|Waterfall entrance||3 - 1 euro|
|Min age||~ 6 yrs|
|Dog-friendly?||Yes (small dogs on leash)|
The gorge was named Geisterklamm as part of a PR program, meaning "Soul Gorge." This name refers to a mountain spirit living here and the goblins protecting its treasure. An educational trail for children is built on this theme. 👨👩👧👦 🥾
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Where is the gorge located?
Unfortunately, a bit far from the city of Vienna, the gorge is at the German-Austrian border, meaning 6 hours by car. Munich can be reached in less than 2 hours from the gorge, while Innsbruck, Austria, is only 45 minutes away.
The gorge lies between Germany and Austria in the Leutasch Valley. One half can be found in Tyrol and the other half in Bavaria. Thus, you can approach Leutaschklamm from two directions – from the Austrian or from the German side.
- Leutaschklamm’s address: C6HW+8H Leutasch, Austria
- Distance from Vienna: 5-6 hours / 515 km
- Distance from Innsbruck: 45 minutes / 43 km
- Distance from Munich: 2 hours / 108 km
👉 You can find our summary of the 14 most beautiful gorges in Tyrol here.
On the Austrian side, next to the road between Leutasch and Mittenwald, is the official car park of the gorge. The car park is large enough for you to park comfortably and the buses that bring tourists also have plenty of space. There is also a public toilet and a small restaurant in the car park.
Day ticket for cars: € 5.00 (automatic). Have change on you just to be sure!
If you live in or come from Germany, you have to get to Isar Bridge next to Mittenwald. Here you can park on Innsbrucker Strasse, along the main road.
The west side of the map is the Austrian side, the east is the German side with the Mittenwald car park.
Leutasch Gorge - Route
The gorge is an ideal family program, but it can also be a great weekend getaway for couples. The hiking trail is signposted, and it is not technical. The difficulty of the round trip is easy, it is also recommended for non-routine hikers. It can be completed in about 2-3 hours and contains only a 150 m elevation.
⚠️ However, we do not recommend the tour for those who are afraid of heights!
|Previous Experience?||Not required|
|Route type||Round trip|
|Duration||approx. 3 hours|
|Elevation||150 m up and down|
The route of the Leutasch gorge consists of two main parts.
- Panorama road
- Waterfall route
One is the round tour itself, the most famous part of which are the high-lying aluminum bridges (see main picture). This part of the tour is free and open every day of the year.
The other half of the hike is a dead end leading to the Wasserfallsteig waterfall. This is a much shorter section compared to the round trip, the elevation is not significant. The biggest attraction of the gorge is the waterfall section and the planks leading there.
The path to the waterfall was made walkable with classic wooden planks and metal railings.
You will encounter signs posted along the way. You can learn a lot of useful and interesting information about the formation of the gorge from these. But there will also be talk of the flora and fauna of the gorge and the construction of the panoramic road.
You only have to walk 500 meters from the car park to reach the entrance to the gorge. Here you can already climb the non-slip, restricted aluminum path on which you will take the next 960 meters.
You will soon leave the so-called Spirit Cave while admiring the roaring Leutasch River beneath you as it playfully roars down.
The tour is followed first by a 24 m long bridge and then by the longest 27 m Panorama Bridge (Panoramabrücke). From the height of 75 meters you can enjoy the fantastic view. This part of the gorge is impassable, so they were forced to "take out" the path out of the gorge.
You can shorten the hike from the bridge by crossing to the other side here and returning to the parking lot on the Kobold Trail through the woods. In this case, you will miss the waterfall.
If you go further towards the waterfall, stay on the north side of the river on the designated road and head up to the mountain in front of you. Soon after, you will reach the Klammkiosk, where you will find a buffet and you can also buy a ticket to the waterfall. You are now in Germany.
After purchasing the ticket, your journey ends at the 23 m high waterfall. It is easy to get caught up in the proximity and beauty of the waterfall, but you have to be careful, because the barrier here is not as high as at the former, bridged part.
If you finished looking around, you have to come back the same way you came in. Your path leads to the right (you came from the left) mostly down a road to the south.
Leutasch with children
The route is child safe! It is restricted to the full height of the railing, thus protecting children from falling down. With children over 6, you can set off with confidence. Unfortunately, the gorge is not accessible with a stroller or wheelchair.
The gorge was originally intended as a family attraction. This is also shown by the name Kobold Trail. In the gorge, 40 teacher-drawn wooden boards were placed along the road, all with curiosities for children. The boards are in German, but they also briefly summarize the point in English.
Legend has it that special creatures, including goblins, live in the gorge. The goal for kids is to find and discover them. 😉
Leutasch with dogs 🐶
Although puppies are not banned, visiting the gorge with a larger dog is not recommended. According to several reports, many go with a smaller dog who are picked up at the latticed parts. If you have paw protector socks, you may want to use them.
Leutaschklamm - Toilet
There is a public toilet in the car park, which is also suitable for disabled visitors. The toilet is only open in summer (officially), from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays.
Leutaschklamm - Weather
What kind of equipments do you need?
At high bridges expect windy weather in the fall and winter, and a pleasant breeze in the summer. Since the bottom of the bridges are latticed, it does not slip even in rain.
⚠️ In case of heavy rain, the management of the gorge may decide to close the gorge.
Inside the Leutasch gorge, the plank can slide at the waterfall, so the right shoes (ribbed soles, closed shoes) are definitely recommended. Have a raincoat or a waterproof thin jacket with you!
Regardless of the weather, always have a backpack where you can pack your stuff. There will also be stairs along the way where it is essential for you to be able to hold on and have nothing in your hands.
Leutaschklamm - Opening hours
With the exception of the path to the waterfall, the gorge is open to the public all year round. The road to the waterfall on the Wasserfallsteig is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm and from 10 am to 5 pm in autumn, depending on the weather.
Both parts of the gorge are closed in case of heavy rain or extreme weather.
- Leutaschklamm: 0-24, every day
- Wasserfallsteig: 09:00 - 18:00 / 10:00 - 17:00 (closed in winter)
Leutaschklamm - Entrance fee
There is no entrance fee to the first section, which is not the waterfall. At the end of the trip the tickets to Wasserfallsteig are 3 euros for adults and 1 euro for children. In the gorge you can only pay in cash!
At the paid part you can also buy a refreshment at the Leutascher Klammstüber'l stall.
Ederkanzel restaurant 🍔
The Ederkanzel restaurant at 1184 meters is a real specialty. The interior of the restaurant is in Germany, while if you go out on the terrace, you can have your lunch in Austria.
Leutasch gorge - Attractions nearby
Zugspitze, Partnach, Höllental
Zugspitze, Germany's highest point, is less than 1 hour away. If you are not with children, you can continue in this direction.
And if you don't get tired of gorges, you can find Partnach (30 minutes) and Höllental (about 1 hour). You have to drive to Germany for both gorges.
I hope you got in the mood for the trip and you and your couple, friends or family are ready for another adventure.
The official website of the Leutasch gorge can be found here. ❤️