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Breitachklamm

Natural Monument · Allgäu · open
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  • View through crevice in the Breitachklamm
    / View through crevice in the Breitachklamm
    Photo: Svenja Rödig, Outdooractive Editors
  • The roaring Breitach
    / The roaring Breitach
    Photo: Svenja Rödig, Outdooractive Editors
  • The Breitach has forced its way through the gorge
    / The Breitach has forced its way through the gorge
    Photo: Svenja Rödig, Outdooractive Editors
  • In the Breitachklamm
    / In the Breitachklamm
    Photo: Svenja Rödig, Outdooractive Editors
  • Natural pool in the Breitachklamm
    / Natural pool in the Breitachklamm
    Photo: Svenja Rödig, Outdooractive Editors
  • Breitachklamm during winter
    / Breitachklamm during winter
    Photo: Heribert Pohl, Wikimedia Commons
  • Breitachklamm during winter
    / Breitachklamm during winter
    Photo: Franzfoto, Wikimedia Commons
  • / Rocks high above Breitachklamm
    Photo: Jessica Schäfer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Inside the Breitachklamm
    Photo: Jessica Schäfer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Breitachklamm during winter
    Photo: Jessica Schäfer, Outdooractive Editors

The Breitachklamm near Oberstdorf is not only the deepest, but also one of the most impressive and spectacular rock gorges in Central Europe.
However, in geological terms the gorges is relatively young. It was formed in the course of the last 10,000 years following the Würm glaciation. It is roughly 2.5 km long and 150 m deep. High waterfalls alternate with natural pools.

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. 

Opening hours

open today
Monday09:00–18:00
Tuesday09:00–18:00
Wednesday09:00–18:00
Thursday09:00–18:00
Friday09:00–18:00
Saturday09:00–18:00
Sunday09:00–18:00
Every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Last admission at 5:00 pm. 

Fee:

Adults: 4.00 € per person

Children: 1.50 € per person

Discount for groups and visitors with a guest card.

 

No credit or debit cards!

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Author
Svenja Rödig 
Updated: September 10, 2019

Public transport

Train to Oberstdorf and take the bus to Breitachklamm.

Getting there

On 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. 

Parking

Big, chargeable parking lot at the end of Klammstraße. 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
7.2 km
3:00 h
232 m
413 m
5.6 km
2:15 h
402 m
402 m
5.4 km
2:15 h
409 m
409 m
5.5 km
2:30 h
425 m
357 m
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Breitachklamm

Klammstraße 
87561 Oberstdorf/Tiefenbach
Phone 08322 987 670 (Breitachklammverein) Fax 08322 987 67 19

Qualities

Place to visit Families
  • 4 Routes nearby
Winter hiking · Kleinwalsertal

Durch die Breitachklamm nach Oberstdorf

February 21, 2010
easy
7.2 km
3:00 h
232 m
413 m
2
by Martin Lässig,   Outdooractive Editors
March 03, 2016
easy
5.6 km
2:15 h
402 m
402 m
3
by Jessica Schäfer,   Outdooractive Editors
Hiking trail · Allgäu

Mit Kindern durch die Breitachklamm

April 30, 2012
moderate
5.4 km
2:15 h
409 m
409 m
4
by Viktoria Specht,   Outdooractive Editors
Thematic Trail · Kleinwalsertal

Mighty waters in the Breitachklamm gorge

November 07, 2012
easy
5.5 km
2:30 h
425 m
357 m
1
by Stephan Wild,   Themenwege Vorarlberg
  • 4 Routes nearby