Weissbach Travel Guide

  • Weissbach bei Lofer - Seisenbergklamm
    Weissbach bei Lofer - Seisenbergklamm
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    Seisenbergklamm - the road back
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    Weissbach from a distance
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    by jojes Updated Jan 19, 2013

    Of all the gorges I've visited in Austria, the Seisenbergklamm is definately my favorite one.
    It's located in Weissbach bei Lofer, between Lofer and Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer.

    A visit to this gorge takes about 1,5 hours.

    The Seisenbergklamm is part of "Saalachtaler Naturgewalten" (the Saalachtal's natural wonders), which comprise of 3 natural wonders in a radius of only +- 3 kms from eachother. The "Vorderkaserklamm" and the "Lamprechtshöhle" are the 2 other sites to complete the trio.

    The History
    When the last ice of the latest ice age melted some 12.000 years ago, the Seisenbergklamm was formed by the relatively small Weissbach river. The erosion can be beautifully seen at several spots throughout the gorge. One can hardly imagine the force of nature creating these holes, caves, curves, ...

    The first path through the Seisenbergklamm was constructed in 1831 by woodcutters to transport logs through the gorge.
    After several setbacks - due to nature and the 2 world wars - the path through the gorge was rebuilt and re-opened in 1954. The wooden path and bridges are checked and repaiered yearly before opening to the public again.

    All this natural force resulted in the gorge as we know it nowadays: 600 metres in total length, up to 50 metres deep and sometimes as narrow as 80 centimetres.

    Due to the different types of rock, the gorge can be divided into 2 distinct parts.
    The first 400 metres go through somewhat less-hard rock.
    Directly behind this first part the rock gets very hard. The water was only able to scratch 4-5 mms off every year. It's in this part that the gorge is at it's narrowest. Due to it being so narrow here, there's hardly any sunlight coming through ... that's why this part of the gorge is called "Dunkelklamm" (dark gorge).
    To me this is the most stunning part of the gorge ... there's something magic to walking through the half-dark narrow gorge with the sounds of the water rushing next to you and beneath you.

    The ghost
    There's a tale about a ghost that lives in the gorge.
    Some hundred years ago people regularly heard a voice calling out to them, asking them for help 'to get him out', after which strange things happened with the rushing waters in the gorge.

    Nowadays the 'Klammgeist' accompanies the kids on their journey through the gorge.
    On several spots they can find tables with questions. They get a leaflet with stickers at the entrance to the gorge.

    Price (summer 2012)
    + 16 y. : 4,00 €
    - 16 y. : 2,50 €

    with guestcard : 3,50 € & 2,20 €

    Free entrance for those holding the Salzburgerlandkarte.

    There's a restaurant at the entrance, as well as a small well-maintained playground for the kids.

    More info on these websites:
    Seisenbergklamm homepage
    Salzburger Saalachtal
    Saalachtaler Naturgewalten

    Seisenbergklamm Seisenbergklamm Seisenbergklamm - the wooden path Seisenbergklamm - the narrow 'Dunkelklamm' Seisenbergklamm - the force of erosion
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    by Roeffie Written Oct 2, 2005

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    Vorderkaserklamm

    Although not as known as some other gorges, this one is also very gorgeous! At times this gorge is so narrow, you can touch both walls easily without any danger or effort.

    The way to the entrance is also very nice, you have to walk up on a steep mountain path, with lots of information on signs along the way. You can learn all about the wildlife and plants living here for example the orchids.

    Again this walk is not the easiest walk for elderly and little kids under 4 yrs. So be aware of that before visiting the gorge.

    Some figures:
    The Watermass slices its way through the rocks here. Every year the Ödenbach takes of 6 mm of rock.
    The Vorderkaserklamm is 400 m long, 80 m deep, under 80 cm narrow at some places.

    The path leading to Vorderkaserklamm is 2,5 km long and leads you through a national forest.

    Opening Hours
    From early may to end of october
    daily from 9.30 - 17.00 hrs.

    Admission
    Adults € 2,70
    Children (u.15 yrs.) € 1,40

    EXTRA TIP
    There are combitickets available for all 3 Naturgewalten (Seisebergklamm, Lamprechtshöhle and Vorderkaserklamm) Prices are € 6,60 for adults and € 3,40 for children.
    The admission is free when you have the Salzburgerlandkarte.

    The entrance to the gorge! ��denbach coming through! ��denbach coming through! Talking about a narrow gorge! The ��denbach coming out to a lower level!
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    by Roeffie Written Oct 2, 2005

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    Lamprechtshöhle

    The Lamprechtshöhle near Weißbach and St. Martin bei Lofer belongs to the biggest cavesystems in Europe. 35 km of cavesystem.

    A small part is made easy to visit for tourists. The paths, staircases and steps take you about 600 meters into the cave. There are several routes to get to the big hall. From the entrance to the big Hall is a heightdifference of 70 meters.

    The cavesystem has a constant temperature, which is nice in summer as well as in winter. The walk is not suitable for elderly people when they have difficulties walking up the stairs. It is also a big effort for children under 4 yrs.

    Opening Hours
    Daily from 8.00 - 18.00 hrs.

    Admission
    Adults € 3,30

    EXTRA TIP
    There are combitickets available for all 3 Naturgewalten (Seisebergklamm, Lamprechtshöhle and Vorderkaserklamm) Prices are € 6,60 for adults and € 3,40 for children.
    The admission is free when you have the Salzburgerlandkarte.

    Walking up the stairs for 70 meter! A little waterstream in the cave
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Adventure Travel

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