By definition a gorge is a particularly narrow gap in a mountain with a river or stream running through it. This is a very matter-of-fact definition for something that exudes so much energy and power. The sound of the water tearing down the rapids is deafeningly loud, it then comes crashing down into the plunging depths, rests for a moment before slowly making its move again. The air fills with fine spray and shortly and permeates your skin and hair, and your clothes cling to you. It’s a really unforgettable experience visiting any of these natural wonders in SalzburgerLand. Some of the most impressing gorges are the following seven ones.
Sigmund-Thun Gorge, Kaprun
The Kapruner Ache river has chiseled its way 32m deep on its 320m long path through the Sigmund-Thun Gorge, leaving in its wake impressively smooth stretches of rock, potholes and basins.
Tip: Every Monday during July and August the fabulous “Night of Water” takes place. Take an unforgettable torch-lit walk through the gorge, before settling yourself down in front of a romantic campfire.
Seisenberg Gorge, Saalachtal
The entrance to Seisenberg gorge is located in the town of Weissbach bei Lofer in the Saalachtal region of SalzburgerLand, and the gorge has been open to visitors since 1831. The gorge is safe for children aged three years and over to explore, just as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Tip: You can choose whether to walk through the gorge and return the same way, or hike along a number of different paths which loop back to the car park.
Vorderkaser Gorge, Saalachtal
Take the path down through Vorderkaser gorge, along 51 boardwalks, 35 stairways and 373 steps. The thunderous water has been powering its way through the rock for thousands of years, and the Voderkaser gorge still grows today at an average rate of 5-6mm per year. Visitors to the gorge from May to August will be rewarded by the sight of scores of native orchids growing along the orchid path.
Tip: After negotiating the gorge, you can have a wonderfully refreshing bathe in the Vorderkaser Swimming Lakes.
The wild, untamed Salzachöfen Gorge is just a few paces away from Pass Lueg outside Golling. The imposing chasm in the Dachstein limestone dates from the end of the last ice age and is 80 metres deep. It moreover cuts through the Tennen and Hagen mountains. Numerous giant potholes, where powerful currents of water have eroded the stone, can be found on the rock walls. In the commanding section of the gorge known as “The Cathedral”, the tops of the high rock faces almost seem to close in on each other.
Tip: Take a trip to the Power of Elements adventure valley, where you can have family fun and adventures, all in the setting of captivating natural beauty.
Lammer Gorge, Scheffau
The ravine cut by the Lammer river is a breath-taking natural spectacle of light, thundering waters and shade. The Lammer Gorge in Scheffau has been accessible to visitors since 1884. Secured walkways along the rock walls guarantee a safe experience for the whole family.
Tip: A particularly remarkable must-see is the “Dark Gorge”.
Liechtenstein Gorge, St. Johann in Pongau
The Liechtenstein Gorge isn’t just one of the most beautiful, it is also one of the deepest and longest gorges in the Alpine arena. Over thousands of years the thunderous waterfalls have cut their way deeper and deeper into the mountains. The rock walls appear so high and close together, that the sky is barely recognizable as a narrow strip of light above. About 10 million people from around the globe have been drawn to the legendary Liechtensteinklamm gorge over the years.
Kitzlochklamm Gorge, Taxenbach
Over thousands of years, the combination of melting ice of the Ice Age, rainwater, sediment and rocks carried by the Rauriser Ache river have forged out a haphazard pathway through the rocks. Take a trip back into the past when you descend into the Kitzlochklamm gorge to discover the unique hermitage and arresting stalactite cave.
Tip: Take a nightly hike by torchlight during July or August.
Waterfalls belong to some of the natural spectacles that have always fascinated people. Watching tumbling water masses coming down from great heights, has a moving and meditative effect. You’ll often catch yourself staring into the distance, just listening to the falling water and being at one with yourself. SalzburgerLand is blessed with the most beautiful and imposing waterfalls in the Alps, and every single one of them is well worth the visit.
About three kilometres away from the town centre of Golling you will come across one of the most romantic natural attractions in SalzburgerLand. The roaring Golling Waterfalls have long been a favorite motif for many well-known painters and are also a particularly popular day trip destination for visitors to the Tennengau region. You’ll reach the Golling Waterfalls in around 20 minutes from the free car park.
Tip: The stepped paths to the waterfalls are accessible from the beginning of May until the end of October.
Krimml Waterfalls, Krimml
As the highest waterfalls in Central Europe, the Krimml Waterfalls were awarded the Council of Europe’s Diploma for Nature Conservation in 1967, then Austria’s only natural monument. The waterfall has some kind of a healing power and exists of three stages. The first stage – the Upper Falls – drops some 140 metres. Then comes a short flat segment, known as the “Schönangerl”, from which the second “Middle Achenfall” stage plunges down a further 100 metres. The third tier, the “Lower Achenfall”, is more than 140 metres in height.
Tip: The newly built Waterfall Centre provides an ideal starting point from which to visit the world-famous Krimml waterfalls.
Our Tip: The route of the gorges
Do you like the sound of a walking holiday in SalzburgerLand which takes in a few gorges along the way? If so, the trekking tour on the Route of the Gorges is just for you! Take in countless impressive cultural and natural treasures along the way in this hiking week. Just 2km from the Pinzgauer Saalachtal are three extraordinary natural wonders – the Saalachtal “forces of nature”: the Vorderkaser and Seisenberg gorges and the Lamprecht cave.