Our planet is rich in attractions. Every piece of land is worthy of attention. Gorges occupy a special place. For example, the beautiful Verdon Gorge in France or the Tiger Leaping Gorge in China. They are wide, majestic and sometimes even magical. Having been there or even having read about them, you understand how beautiful our world is.
But the gorges are not always so wide. There are those where the width can reach only a few meters, and the height is several hundred meters. This is exactly what Austria has to offer. This is the Liechtenstein Gorge, located in the Eastern Alps, 60 kilometers south of Salzburg.
Liechtenstein Gorge on the map
- Geographic coordinates of 47.313318, 13.189580
- Distance from the Austrian capital Vienna about 260 km in a straight line
- To the nearest airport Salzburg about 60 km
The Liechtenstein Gorge is just over 4 kilometers long and is a very narrow and deep canyon. In some places, its width is no more than two meters, and the height of the sheer walls reaches 300 meters. Because of this, in some places, even the sky above your head is not visible.
This gorge was formed during the Ice Age, when the movements of ice masses literally scratched it into the earth's surface, and melt water pierced a narrow but deep gap.
You won't be able to walk along the bottom of the gorge as in the Antelope Canyon (USA) for the simple reason that a turbulent river flows at the very bottom of the Liechtenstein Gorge.
But you can visit the gorge, for this there are walking paths along the slopes. The Liechtenstein Gorge became a tourist attraction in Austria only at the end of the 19th century. Moreover, this gorge has nothing to do with the small country of Liechtenstein. It owes its name to one philanthropist. This is Johann II, he is also Prince von Liechtenstein. In those days, he donated as much as 600 guilders for the arrangement of the walking route through the gorge. A lot or a little, but the beginning of the tourist path was laid. In 1875, about 800 meters of stone road was built, wooden stairs were erected. In honor of this generous man, the gorge is called Liechtenstein, or as the locals say Liechtensteinklamm.
Since then, the route has been replenished with tunnels, suspension bridges on both sides of the gorge. Now you can walk with pleasure along this path, which ends at a high 150-meter waterfall. There is also a beautiful alpine lawn nearby.
According to one of the legends, the Liechtenstein Gorge is the place where the rainbow is born. In the myriad splashes of the waterfall, you can see how she is born. And if in childhood you wondered where the rainbow begins, now you should know that it is born in the Liechtenstein Gorge.
The mesmerizing views attract many tourists here. Entrance to the territory of the gorge is paid and is possible only through special gates, which, by the way, can be closed in adverse weather conditions.
Today the Liechtenstein Gorge is a successful landmark in Austria. All conditions have been created for tourists. There are cafes, shops and souvenir shops not far from the gorge. There are several parking lots for cars.
Access to the Liechtenstein Gorge is open from May to October. The best time to visit is the morning hours.
Liechtenstein gorge photo