Between Germany and Austria, you find the deepest canyon in Central Europe, the Breitachklamm gorge. The cleft formed by the Breitach River is approximately 2.5 km long, an exciting and child-friendly trail. During your journey, you will be able to discover the hidden crevasse by crossing wooden platforms and bridges.
Breitach is a 24 km long river. The most beautiful part is found here, at the gorge - which many consider one of the jewels of the Alps.
|Summer season||May - Oct|
|Winter season||Mid Dec - Mid March|
|Closed||November, December (half), March (half), April|
|Opening hours||09:00 - 17:00/16:00|
|Hiking trail||1.5 hours / 4,3 km / 241 m level diff.|
|Address||Klammstraße 47, 87561 Oberstdorf, Germany|
Map - Where is the Breitachklamm?
Address, map, distances, approach, parking, entrance
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The Breitachklamm is located at the junction of the Austrian Vorarlberg and the German Bavaria provinces in Oberstdorf. It is part of the Allgau region. Since the gorge officially belongs to Germany, the entrance and a larger parking lot can be found there.
- Address: Klammstraße 47, 87561 Oberstdorf, Germany
- Distance from Munich: 2 hours / 170 km
- Distance from Zurich: 2.5 hours / 180 km
- Distance from Vienna: 6.5 hours / 580 km
- Distance from Bodensee: 1 hour / 60 km
- Parking and entrance: Oberstdorf-Tiefenbach
The gorge is open almost all year round, except for the spring and winter maintenance periods. Breitachklamm is closed from the beginning of November to the middle of December and from the middle of March to the end of April.
Unfortunately, holidays or holidays are not covered on the website. That's why it's worth checking on Google Maps before you go to make sure it's open.
- Summer season: May - October
- Summer opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00
- Winter season: mid-Dec - mid-March
- Winter opening hours: 10:00 - 16:00
Entrance to the gorge requires a ticket, which can be purchased online! Unfortunately, you also have to pay for parking, which costs approx. 4 euros.
- Adult admission: 7 euros
- Child admission (5-15 years): 2 euros
- Under 5 years: Free
More about the gorge
The gorge is famous for a reason, as you can walk through the deepest gorge in Central Europe. The sumptuous sight will only be enhanced by the fact that certain parts of the gorge reach a depth of 150 meters.
The tourist path that leads through the gorge is 2.5 km long, so it is twice as long as an average alpine gorge. The elevation gain is not significant, but the route cannot be accessed with a wheelchair or stroller.
The gorge consists of two parts: a lower and an upper gorge. Estimate a one-way trip of approximately 1.5 hours. The upper gorge closes earlier, 45 minutes before closing time.
The history of the gorge
The first attempts to make the gorge accessible were made at the end of the 19th century, which were not successful at the time. Finally, the young pastor from Tiefenbach, Johannes Schiebel, undertook the task. His goal was to find a new source of income for his parish and to develop the area's emerging tourism.
The first explosion was carried out on July 25, 1904, and a year later, in July 1905, the entrance to the gorge was inaugurated.
In 1995, a wall collapsed, causing enormous damage to the gorge. Restoration work took almost 10 years, after the fissure was reopened to visitors in 2004.
The gorge in winter
The gorge can also be visited in winter, but keep in mind that it can be closed without prior warning in case of inclement weather.
- Winter opening hours: 10:00 - 16:00
- Beginning and end of the winter season: it changes every year
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