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View through crevice in the BreitachklammPhoto: Svenja Trachte, Outdooractive Editors
The Breitach, one of three Iller headstreams, flows through the gorges that is one of the deepest ravines in the Alpine area and was pracitcally inaccessible until the beginning of the 20th century. In 1904 the 2.5 km long gorges was made accessible by passageways that were chiseled in the rocks. You can still walk through Breitachklamm on those very same passageways today to admire the roaring water masses.
In the past, the Breitachklamm was called Zwingschlucht. The name of the bridge, Zwingsbrücke, still refers to that name. According to an old legend, the Zwinggeister (ghosts) haunted the gorge and mistreated everybody who made fun of them. Walking through the rocks at midnight to challenge the ghosts was regarded as a test of courage.
The entrances to the gorge, that are located at the upper end of the Kleinwalsertal and at their lower end in Tiefenbach near Oberstdorf, are usually open to the public all year round. If you do not mind the extreme cold, which is caused by the lack of sunlight in the gorge, a visit to the Breitachklamm during winter is recommended: the freezing cold turns the water masses into ice and thus create spectacular and almost surreal icicles.
Price:Adults: 4.00 € per person
Children: 1.50 € per person
Discount for groups and visitors with a guest card.
No credit or debit cards!
Public transportTrain to Oberstdorf and take the bus to Breitachklamm.
By roadOn B19 until you reach the Explorer Hotel (before you reach Oberstdorf). Take a right turn heading towards Tiefenbach. Follow the street "An der Breitach" south, take a left turn onto Klammstraße. The gorge is at the end of the street.
ParkingBig, chargeable parking lot at the end of Klammstraße.
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