Lammerklamm Gorge is a romantic gorge about 45 minutes drive from Hallstatt. It is one of the lesser-known hidden gorges of Austria. So let’s take a look at what’s worth knowing about Lammer Gorge in our summary.
Being a part of the city of Scheffau, the imposing gorge can be explored with a short hike, promising a family-friendly, half-day program. The gorge has been walkable for a long time - since 1884, to be exact, making it one of the first gorges to become walkable in Europe!
The formation of the imposing gorge carved out by the Lammer River dates back to the Ice Age. The narrow gorge was dug by glaciers, where the Lammer River later found its place. Today, it is mostly the river that forms and widens the gorge.
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Where is Lammerklamm?
The gorge is part of the Salzkammergut region and Upper Austria. It is only 45 minutes from Hallstatt, next to the village of Scheffau. Lammerklamm is in Lammer Valley - Lammertal - carved by the Lammer River. You can find the entrance to the gorge on maps with the name Eingang.
- Address: Scheffau 50, 5440 Scheffau am Tennengebirge, Austria
- Distance from Vienna: 3.5 hours / 340 km
- Distance from Hallstatt: 45 minutes / 36 km
- Distance from Salzburg: 40 mins / 50 km
Lammer Gorge is located in the Salzburg region, more precisely in Tennengau (West Dachstein). The area also offers many opportunities for climbing and hiking. You can choose from more than 300 hiking trails that take you through the valley and to the peaks.
You can also shorten many hiking trails in Tennengau thanks to ski lifts, which operate during the summer. Many routes are especially enjoyable with children.
The tour in the gorge can only go one way, forward, so you will not get lost. Although there is no large elevation in the gorge, you should expect steeper sections of a few meters.
The hike of the 1.5 km long gorge is easy - but with a sore knee or fear of heights, you need to consider whether you should try it.
The route can include rocky parts here and there, so pay attention. You will be moving forward on mostly wooden planks and a bridge. The railing reaches over the hips and is densely crossed all the way through - so kids can’t get through it or accidentally fall over it.
The Lammerklamm gorge is a real excursion for the whole family! Highly recommended for children due to its short length.
Once during the tour, you will cross from the right side of the river to the left side. This is one of the most impressive points of the short tour. In addition, several "viewpoints" have been set up so that you can take photos and look around from there.
From the 30-meter-high bridge, you can look back in the direction you came from to admire the water and the towering Tennengebirge mountains.
The Dark gorge
One of the most exciting points of the gorge is the so-called Dark Gorge, where the broader playground of the water narrows and the river rises. It got its name because, in many cases, the light is barely filtered in, so the gorge here can be said to be dark.
The Dark Gorge is to the right of the entrance. After entering, head right into the Dark Gorge, then if you admire it enough, go back to the entrance. From here, the road continues to the left.
The gorge is closed from late October to mid-April. The gorge generally opens at 9 a.m. and closes between 5 and 7 p.m. Lammerklamm is open daily.
- Season: April - October (every day)
- April, May, October: 09:00 to 17:00
- June, September: 09:00 to 18:00
- July, August (high season): 09:00 to 19:00
It is essential to know that the season-opening is not fixed. Therefore, if you visit the area in April or October, ensure the gorge is open before you set off.
When is the best time to go?
The gorge is most beautiful when the waters of the Lammer are rich. Thanks to the spring snowmelt and rain, it is worth going around April - May, when the trees are already in full bloom, the weather is pleasant (with layered clothing and a raincoat), and the Lammer River flowing below you is spectacularly advancing in the gorge.
If you have a Salzburger Land card, admission is free. You can also buy tickets in advance online at this link.
- Adult: 5 euros
- Children from 5 to 15 years: 3 euros
- Children under 6 years: free
- Family: entrance fee for adults 3 euros, for children 2 euros
You can’t explore the gorge in a wheelchair or with a pram.
The good news is that you can also go into the gorge with a dog (to the best of my knowledge, for free). Be sure to bring a leash because dogs are only allowed in that way.
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