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Leutaschklamm is a narrow gorge that is filled with rushing clear (and I assume cold) water. You can get to the trail from Leutasch, Austria or Mittenwald, Germany and the trail is in both countries.
This is a wonderful hike for people with or without children. There is enough to keep everyone entertained. There are many signs that explain the geology of the gorge and there are signs that talk about the tales of the region, including the ghost of the gorge. Along the trail you follow a metal gangway that is high above the gorge and hugs closely to the sides of the mountains on each side. In two places there are bridges that cross over the gorge, allowing for some spectacular photographs. There are lots of interesting things to do, such as listening to the water through an ear piece, looking under the gangplank with a mirror, seeing the Klamm Ghost, and taking a side excursion to a small chapel.
We started our hike in Mittenwald and, we found out later, actually went backwards on the trail (no wonder the signs seemed to go in reverse order!). So our hike was uphill quite a bit early on, but then once we got to the gorge itself, it was pretty level along the gangplank. We followed it all the way around until we came what we think was the entrance (it was off-season and there were very few people around). We continued on the pathway until we headed back down to the first bridge across the gorge and, crossing over, we headed back down the way we started. In the summer season, there is a waterfall that can be accessed through the Mittenwald side which will take you up past the waterfall and to the trail that leads you on the gangplank going the right way. Or, you can arrive from the Austrian side from the village of Leutasch on L14.
It was very cold while we were there and some places had not seen direct sunlight for awhile, which means that the frost had built up and was very beautiful. The metal gangway was not slippery and felt very secure at all times – it is pretty new – the signs say it was built fairly recently. Lots of colorful signs keep you entertained and educated along the way.
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Written Dec 26, 2012
On our first visit to Mittenwald, we walked towards the Leutashklamm (located on the border between Mittenwald, Germany, and Leutash, Austria) and, while we were able to hike the gorge, we were not able to get into the smaller part of the gorge that has a waterfall. Upon our return in May 2012, this was now open. We were able to show family and friends both parts of the gorge. The cost for the waterfall gorge was €1,50 per person and that got you onto the wooden pathway leading to the waterfall.
The hike was rather short – not really a hike – total time was no more than 15 minutes roundtrip. In fact, we had thought that this would lead us to the other hike, but we were wrong. The wooden trail leads up to the waterfall and at that point it ends. You actually have to walk back the same way you came to exit. The boards were wet from the spray of the waterfall and it was rather pretty. I understand why this would be closed in the winter since path would get icy from the water.
While it was pretty and we enjoyed it, I’m not sure would do it again or highly recommend it to others. There is a nice little café next to where you pay and that seemed to be doing a nice little business. It is at this café that the Leutaschklamm hike begins and there are very good signs in both German and English directing you along this free path. This path I highly recommend – but be warned that the first hill is a whopper!
Written Dec 26, 2012