When being in Tyrol, you can’t come home without looking at at least one gorge. The fabulous region is full of romantic gorges just waiting to be explored. You can easily find a family-friendly canyon that kids will love as well. Examples are the Leutasch gorge or the Wolfsklamm - that is, the Wolf gorge. 🐺🌲

But there will be no shortage of gorges after which you can hop into bed exhausted in the evening. In this article we are going to show you where are these gorges located, what you should know about them, and when they are open.

There is a total of 14 gorges in Tyrol that have been mapped and recommended by the Tyrolean Tourist Office. These are all officially walkable, mapped routes. There is no  specific order to the list.

With children

All gorges were selected to be ideal for families with children. Of course, there are a few that are more challenging, so hikers at all level can find their own challenges.

Opening hours

The gorges are mostly open from May to late October, thankfully every day of the season. Each of the gorges can be said to close in heavy rain, so in case of bad weather, it is worth calling the gorge to make sure it is open.

Accommodation in Tyrol

The center of Tyrol is located in Innsbruck, you can find plenty of options on booking.com, both there and in smaller towns. Depending on what kind of accommodation you are looking for, you can find hotel rooms or apartments for as little as € 50.

I have copied a map here for you so that if you do not have accommodation yet, you can sort that out. ❤️

As Innsbruck is the seat of the province of Tyrol, the distances from the city of Innsbruck are given to help you find your way around.

Booking.com

Tip: if you're not familiar with Austria's provinces and map, you'll find the most important maps of Tyrol in this article. ❤️

So let's see what the most beautiful gorges are one by one! (Gorges do not follow each other in order, which means there is no order of popularity among them.)


#1 Gleirsch Gorge (Gleirschklamm)

Kid-friendly, 3-4 hours

The Gleirsch Valley is located north of Innsbruck. The valley carved by the river Gleirsch and the gorge named after it is a wild and romantic excursion destination. Many believe that the countryside next to the Karwendel mountain range really shows the picturesque beauty of Tyrol.

On the hiking trail, although it is well constructed, confident movement coordination is essential. The gorge part of the tour is only 45 to 60 minutes, while the entire tour takes roughly 3 to 3.5 hours.

During this time you will pass by waterfalls - sometimes through wider or sometimes narrower corridors. The canyon is home to several species of birds whose singing can entertain while in the gorge.

The starting point is at Scharnitz, from where you have to follow the Isarsteig route.

  • Starting point: Scharnitz
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Admission: free
  • Opening hours: closed in winter, open every day in summer (mid-May - early October)
  • Family friendly? yes
  • Parking: Karwendel parking in Scharnitz
Innsbruck map - Gleirschklamm distance
Innsbruck map - Gleirschklamm distance

#2 Galitzen Gorge

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Just a few minutes from the town of Lienz, in Osttirol, you will find the majestic Galitzen Gorge and the leisure center built around it. The gorge between by the huge rock walls and formed by the river Galitzenbach is a fabulous sight.

The water park also has a maze, a lift, a forest cable park, and rock climbing and Via Ferrata routes on all levels.

The gorge is a great destination for families, friends and couples alike. For children, the gorge is a great experience! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

  • Parking: On the spot
  • Family friendly? yes
  • Opening hours: from May to October, every day
  • Distance from Innsbruck: 3.5 hours east / 176 km
Galitzenklamm - Innsbruck distance on map
Galitzenklamm - Innsbruck distance on map

One of the most popular sports in Galitzenklamm is rock climbing. Great opportunity for those who love the sport or want to get to know it now. While climbing, it is not uncommon to get through the waterfall from one side to the other.

#3 Griessbach Gorge (Griessbachklamm)

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

One of the most beautiful gorges in the Kirchdorf and Erpfendorf regions is the Grießbachklamm. The gorge and its surroundings are perfect if you are looking for a half day of active relaxation.

During the tour you will cross a 25 meter long bridge, cross narrow gorges and narrow paths. At about 2/3 of the hiking trail, the gorge widens, where you can picnic and relax.

⚠️ Since there are no railings on the new path, some attention is needed!

  • Opening hours: every day from May to October
  • Distance from Innsbruck: 1 - 1.5 hours / 100 km
Griessbachklamm map - Innsbruck distance
Griessbachklamm - Innsbruck map

#4 Hölltal Gorge

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, 1 hour

The gorge in the Lechtal Valley is famous for being 40 m high and there are points where it is only 45 cm wide! The impressive route is family friendly, so we recommend walking it with children.

Another curiosity of the gorge is that along the way you can admire the wooden works of local artists. The masterpieces are designed to present the history and culture of the valley.

The tour starts at the Maria Schnee church, where you have to cross the Streimbach river after crossing the suspension bridge. You can also find a route called "Trail of Senses". The road will be signposted all the way, at the end of which the gorge will be waiting.

  • Starting point: Maria Schnee Chapel (Pfafflar, Bschlabs 30, 6647 Bschlabs, Austria)
  • Distance from Innsbruck: approx. 1 - 1.5 hours / 86 km
  • Duration: approx 1 hour
  • Family friendly? Yes, it is also ideal for children
  • Admission, prices: free
  • Opening hours: from May to October
Hölltal gorge, Lechtal valley - Tyrol, Austria
Hölltal gorge, Lechtal valley - Tyrol, Austria

#5 Kaiser Gorge (Kaiserklamm)

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, 1 hour

In the Kaiser gorge in Brandenberg, not only hikers will find joy, but also kayak lovers. The Kaiser Gorge is also home to one of the best white water rafting in Austria. So while you’re hiking up there with your partner, kids or friends, determined kayakers conquer the gorge from below.

The hiking trail leads in the gorge for about 1 km. Initially, a tighter road leads forward through bridges, rock-carved tunnels and planks, and then widens as you move forward.

The Kaiser Gorge is about 10 km from Brandenberg.
  • Opening hours: May - October
  • Family friendly? Yes, ideal with children
  • Hiking distance: approx. 1 hour
  • Parking: Kaiserhaus inn
  • Distance from Innsbruck: 1 hour, 61 km
Distance Kaiserklamm - Innsbruck map
Distance Kaiserklamm - Innsbruck map

#6 Kundler Gorge (Kundlerklamm)

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, 1 hour

The Kundler gorge between Kundl and Wildschönau Mühltal is a real geological paradise. Already at the entrance to the gorge you can see special rock formations. The roughly 1-hour trail is easy and also ideal for children.

  • Distance from Innsbruck: 42 minutes / 55 km
  • Parking: on the spot
  • Hiking distance: approx 1 hour
  • Opening hours: every day from May to October
Kundlerklamm - Innsbruck distance - map
Kundlerklamm - Innsbruck distance - map

#7 Leutasch and Geister Gorges (Leutascher Geisterklamm)

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, 2-3 hours

The Leutasch gorge is without a doubt one of the favorite attractions in Tyrol. With the help of steel bridges built at enormous heights, the designers connected unimaginable sights. The road consists of two parts, one stretching high, while the other is the Geisterklamm, which is a tiny narrow gorge.

Another interesting feature of the route is that stories along the way are presented specifically for children. You can learn more about the legend of the gorge from the stories.

You can read about opening hours, prices and other useful information in our full summary of the Leutasch Gorge. 👉 Leutaschklamm

  • Distance from Innsbruck: 45 minutes, 42 km
Leutasch gorge at the German-Austrian border
Leutasch gorge at the German-Austrian border

#8 Radurschl Gorge (Radurschlklamm)

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, 3 hours

If you want to break away from the outside world, want romantic countryside and most of all some quiet, the Radurschl gorge will be a great choice for all this. (Of course I know this is true for the whole of Tyrol 😂.)

The so-called Tyrolean Oberland countryside is a real excursion paradise. You have to overcome rocky, mossy hiking trails, suspension bridges along the way, while walking along waterfalls in a rich forest.

The gorge can be walked comfortably by the whole family in about 2.5 to 3 hours. The route is well signposted, well built and easy - not technical. Along the way you can even see waterfalls, and at the end of the road you reach a huge meadow where you can also relax thanks to the benches.

Tip: The Radurschlklamm gorge is famous for its unique mosses, grasses and ferns. So if you love these little things, this is the place for you. 🌿
  • Distance from Innsbruck: 1 hour, 100 km
  • Starting point: city of Pfunds
  • Admission: free
  • Parking: free (after Pfunds roundabout)
  • Opening hours: from mid-May to mid-October
  • Family friendly? yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours, round trip
 Radurschl gorge - Innsbruck distance - map
Radurschl gorge - Innsbruck distance - map

#9 Rosengarten gorge (Rosengartenschlucht)

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, 1,5 hours

The fabulous Rosengarten gorge starts from the town of Imst, making it one of the closest gorges to the city of Innsbruck.

The 1.5-kilometer-long strait, carved by the Schinderbach River, is a real natural treasure that is the pride of the locals. Despite the name, no roses can be found in the gorge, but special mosses and ferns. The town of Imst regularly organizes botanical excursions.

  • Distance from Innsbruck: 45 minutes / 63 km
  • Starting point: Imst city center
  • Family friendly? Yes, it is also recommended with children
  • Opening hours: every day from May to October
  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
Innsbruck map - Rosengarten gorge
Innsbruck map - Rosengarten gorge

#10 Schnanner Gorge (Schnannerklamm)

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Climbing or hiking? Here you have the opportunity for both. In the Schnanner gorge you will also find a "bouldering track", as well as 42 climbing routes of varying difficulty.

One of the most beautiful sights in the Arlberg region awaits you. You can also see waterfalls along the safe route.

  • Distance from Innsbruck: 1 hour / 95 km
  • Opening hours: every day from June to October
  • Family friendly? yes
  • Admission, prices: free
 Schnannerklamm map - Innsbruck distance, Tyrol
Schnannerklamm map - Innsbruck distance

#11 Tiefen gorge (Tiefenbachklamm)

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Tiefenbachklamm is another jewel in the Tyrolean gorges. The gorge between Kramsach and Brandenberg, just like the previous gorges, is ideal with children - with proper attention. While hiking in the gorge, it’s also not uncommon to see kayakers, as the gorge is a popular destination for white water paddlers.

The hiking trail is about 4 km long, which you can complete in about 1 hour without stops. At the end of the gorge you reach a valley where you can have lunch or just buy an ice cream and have a beer.

You can also reach the gorge from Brandenberg and Kramsach.

  • Distance from Innsbruck: 45 minutes / 54 km
  • Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Length: approx. 4 km
  • Family friendly? yes
  • Opening hours: between early May and late October
Tiefenbachklamm distance from Innsbruck - map
Tiefenbachklamm distance from Innsbruck - map

#12 Zammer Lochputz

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

How about an old blacksmith shop, a stone-carved staircase, and a mountain cave? You can see all this if you visit the short but marrowy 600 m long gorge.

The legend of the gorge

Legend has it that an old blacksmith lived in the Zammerloch Gorge. After the death of the blacksmith's wife, he lived in seclusion from the outside world until his heart hardened from loneliness. One day, however, at the huge waterfall, he spotted a beautiful nymph while singing. Telling her about his grief, the nymph moved in with the blacksmith and lived on with the old man like her daughter. Over time, the young lads in the area all fell in love with the beautiful girl.

It was a young shepherd who eventually asked for the girl's hand, but the blacksmith, unwilling to let the girl go, gave the shepherd boy 3 impossible tasks. As usual, the boy passed the test, but the blacksmith, using an insidious trick, cut the bridge under the boy, who thus fell into the creek.

Legend has it that the girl managed to escape and lives in the gorge with the boy, who has meanwhile turned into a bull.

Sights

In connection with the legend, you can see the shepherd boy and the nymph in their stone form, the suspension bridge, the cave, the waterfall, the blacksmith workshop, and much more. The gorge is a real experience for kids as they will really enjoy the story woven into the tale.

One of the most beautiful points of the gorge is the 30 m high Lötz waterfall.

Opening hours

The gorge is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from May to October. Last entry is possible at 4 p.m.

The gorge is closed in winter, except on Wednesday evenings when you can take a guided tour.

Evening opening hours

Although the gorge closes at 5 p.m., it is open on Wednesdays in January, February, July, and August. In these cases, you can take part in the roughly 1.5-hour guided tour, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

Prices and tickets

In winter, tickets for evening tours are roughly 1 euro cheaper. An adult costs 3.5 euros and a child 2 euros.

  • Adult ticket: EUR 4.50
  • Admission for children under 15: EUR 3.50
  • Admission for children under 6 years of age: free of charge

Distance from Innsbruck

West of Innsbruck, next to the town of Zams, you will find the gorge, which you can reach on the A12.

  • Website: http://www.zammer-lochputz.at/
  • Distance from Innsbruck: 50 minutes / 75 km
  • Child friendly? yes
  • Duration: 600 meters / approx 1 hour
  • Difficulty: easy
Zammer Lochputz Gorge on the map

#13 Wolf Gorge 🐺 (Wolfsklamm)

Kid-friendly 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

My personal favorite is the so-called Wolfsklamm - that is, the Wolf Gorge. The classic wooden floor, bridge will be a real experience for the whole family. Narrow corridors, winding trails await you to explore them. The wild and romantic Wolf Gorge contains a total of 354 steps. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

While you count the stairs and admire the surrounding rock walls, below you can see the emerald green color of the river Stanserbach. In the meantime, you can also see waterfalls, natural pools and even birds.

Towards the end of the road you can also see the Felsenkloster monastery and the Alpenpark Karwendel reserve. The gorge has been open to the public for over 100 years.

Opening hours

The season starts in May and ends in October. In winter, the gorge is closed for safety reasons. During the season, however, it is open every day from 9:00 to 16:00.

Parking

Paid parking is available on site.

Admission, ticket prices

Admission is discounted for children up to the age of 14, while it is free under the age of 6.

  • Adult ticket: EUR 5
  • Child ticket: 1.5 euros
  • Children under 6 years of age: free

Family friendly?

Yes, but not accessible with a stroller or wheelchair!

Innsbruck Wolfsklamm distance

  • Distance from Innsbruck: 1 hour / 35 km
  • Address: Oberdorf 73, 6135 Stans, Austria
  • Family friendly? Yes
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Opening hours: 9:00 to 16:00 in season
  • Season: May to October
Wolfsklamm, or Wolf Gorge - Tyrol, Austria map
Wolfsklamm, or Wolf Gorge - Tyrol, Austria

#14 Glemmbach Gorge (Glemmbachklamm)

Not recommended with small kids

If you are looking for a really secluded and relaxed program, a trip to the Glemmbach Gorge will be just right. In the southern part of the lesser known Thierseetal valley you will find a romantic countryside next to the village of Landl.

However, you can only reach Glemmbach Gorge with a more technical route, so I do not recommend it for smaller children. A little perseverance will not hurt – after all, you have to suffer for beauty.

Don’t expect a lot of roads or wooden planks here. Along the way, cables here and there will help you progress, but beyond that, there’s only you and nature. And as you move forward, the gorge will narrow. You may even get further if you enter the stream. Sounds adventurous, right?

Glemmbach tour

  • Tour length: approx. 15 km
  • Level rise: approx. 700 m
  • Starting point: Gasthaus Krämerwirt Inn (village of Landl)
  • Family friendly? Not recommended for young children

And your reward for your perseverance will be a fabulous sight and a quiet excursion.

Starting from the guest house in the village of Landl, go towards Riedenberg and then at the first fork towards Jochberg. And after the village, turn left into the gorge.

Innsbruck Glemmbach distance

  • Distance from Innsbruck: 1.5 hours / 94 km
  • Address: Glemmbach, Austria
Glemmbach - Innsbruck distance on the map
Glemmbach - Innsbruck distance on the map

Tyrol has plenty of opportunities for those who love gorges. This fabulous world attracts young and old alike. All gorges are less than an hour from Innsbruck, so distance should not be a problem. If you happen to be in the area between May and October, visit one of the gorges!

I hope you got in the mood for a trip and you and your couple, friends or family are ready for another adventure.

Dóri 🚶‍♀️🌲 🌲