Mike and Ben at the Sigmund-Thun-Klamm

The Sigmund Thun Gorge

The storm before the calm

"As a photographer you have to now and then force yourself to put the camera away and enjoy the moment", said Mike Clegg. He is a native Englishman but currently lives in Vienna and is a photographer. Together with his colleague Ben Green, he visited SalzburgerLand. Both landed up in Zell am See-Kaprun, where there was plenty to enjoy.

A region can be quite well explored in four days. And even though Ben and Mike experienced so much, one thing has especially remained in their memory – the Sigmund Thun Gorge. A perfect moment in nature – as Mike called the gorge. Ben also raves about this natural wonder: “my absolute highlight was the gorge. There are wonderful compositions with the water and the autumn leaves. Incredible!”

Beautiful Sigmund-Thun-Klamm

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Beautiful Sigmund-Thun-Klamm

Waiting for the right moment

The Sigmund-Thun Gorge is an experience for the whole family. These two explorers of SalzburgerLand started the adventure with cameras, tripods and large rucksacks. Every turn on the trail to the Gorge Lake offers a photo opportunity. And because they attach great importance to not changing their landscape shots too much using image editing programs, they take a lot of time to capture the right moment.

Ben prepares everything for the perfect shot

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Ben and Mike prepare everything for the perfect shot

This unique gorge is open from May to September, and this is exactly the right time-frame for a natural cool off in the hot season. Once you make it through the raging gorge, you reach a platform that reveals a view of the quiet Gorge Lake. This platform is the perfect photo spot for photographers. In the picture: mountain peaks, a cottage in the water and the turquoise-blue surface of the Gorge Lake.

Klammsee Kaprun

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Klammsee Kaprun

Roaring and powerful, the waters rush towards us – Sigmund von Thun

In winter, the gorge is indeed closed, yet there are still some walkable trails which provide stunning views. Not infrequently it happens that daring climbers heave themselves up the frozen waters of the gorge and you yourself become a spectator.

Beautiful Sigmund-Thun-Klamm

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Beautiful Sigmund-Thun-Klamm

What can be experienced in Zell am See Kaprun?

Head on up the Kitzsteinhorn
At 3,029 metres a view of the entire valley opens up. Here you find yourself on the highest platform in SalzburgerLand. Quite unique!

Sail across Lake Zell on the MS Schmittenhöhe
A boat ride, which is nice. Extremely nice, when the Sun’s rays reflect on Lake Zell and you can enjoy the views from the open deck. An absolute must on sunny days!

Lake Zell

© SalzburgerLand Tourismus, Fräulein Floras Favourite Hangouts – Lake Zell

Watch the sunrise
Those who jump out of bed before the Sun experience a magical sunrise over the summits. The initial tiredness disappears immediately when the fireball begins to work its way through the mountain peaks. These moments are quite unique and not just for photographers.

Zell am See-Kaprun


Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus
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5700 Zell am See

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