With vertical walls reaching a height of 300 meters, the 4-km-long Liechtenstein Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the Alps. It was created by the eroding force of the Großarler Ache mountain stream over the course of thousands of years. The crystal-clear steam continues to flow at the base of the gorge.
A safe, family-friendly trail leads through the misty gorge, running through illuminated tunnels and galleries, over bridges, and along secured walkways.
Between May and October, you can visit Liechtensteinklamm. It takes only 25 minutes to walk from the gorge entrance (ticket area) to the end of the gorge path, marked by a waterfall viewpoint. The return route follows the same path.
The gorge trail was constructed in 1875. It’s named after Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein, because his donation ensured the completion and expansion of the path. In 2017, Liechtensteinklamm closed due to a rockfall. After three years of massive renovations, the gorge reopened in 2020. The renovations included three new tunnels, a spiral staircase, and rockfall protection.
Liechtenstein Gorge, Salzburg: Essential Info & Trail Guide
- Trailhead: Liechtensteinklamm Parkplatz, St. Johann im Pongau | Google Maps
- Distance: 2.5 km out-and-back
- Time Needed: 1 – 1:30 hours
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 100 meters
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum Elevation: 609 meters
- Maximum Elevation: 707 meters
- Dogs: Dogs are officially allowed in the gorge. However, we don’t recommend bringing your dog because of the grating steps. If you can carry your canine companion, then it’s no problem.
- Safety: The path can get wet. Wear sturdy shoes
- Where to Stay in St. Johann im Pongau: Landhotel Lerch Plankenau (midrange), Apartments Maurachhof (midrange), Alpina Family, Spa & Sporthotel (luxury), Hotel Oberforsthof (luxury)
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Liechtenstein Gorge Trail Map
Visiting the Liechtensteinklamm Gorge
When to Visit
The Liechtensteinklamm Gorge is open daily from May until the end of October. Given the popularity of this Salzburg attraction, it’s best to avoid visiting on weekends.
May – September: 9 am – 6 pm
October: 9 am – 4 pm
Adults (ages 18+): 12 EUR
Children & Teens (ages 6 -17): 7 EUR
The admission is free for SalzburgerLand Card holders and reduced for Salzburger Sportwelt Card holders.
Payment: Cash or Card
How to Get to the Liechtensteinklamm Gorge
Drive to St. Johann im Pongau and follow signs to Liechtensteinklamm.
There are several free car parks along the Liechtensteinklammstrasse road. Here are the closest car parks to the gorge entrance.
P1 – This is the closest car park to the gorge entrance. | Google Maps
P2 – This is the second closest car park to the gorge entrance. | Google Maps
From St. Johann, take Citybus (line 52) to Plankenauwirt bus stop in Plankenau. From here, it’s a 30-40 minute walk to the gorge.
If you’re arriving in St. Johann by train, take Citybus (line 51) to the post office and change here to line 52 to Plankenau.
Download the Citybus timetable here.
Liechtensteinklamm Gorge Walk Description
From the car parks, walk south along the Liechtensteinklammstrasse. Pass the public toilets and follow the paved road to Gasthof Liechtensteinklamm restaurant and onwards to the gorge entrance.
You can purchase your ticket directly at the “Kassa,” next to the Klammwirtin eatery and souvenir shop.
Pass through the ticket gate and follow the wooden walkway along the left side of the gorge.
After crossing a bridge, follow the shielded walkway through the gallery to the first tunnel.
The path leads in and out of tunnels for several minutes and then brings you to the base of a metal staircase.
Walk up the staircase to a viewing platform, which overlooks the Helix spiral staircase.
Descend the Helix to the gorge.
A flat concrete path, flanked by wooden railings, steers you along the right wall of Liechtensteinklamm.
Here, the gorge is at its narrowest. The rugged walls look like they’ve been chiseled by a giant.
The next bridge crossing offers one of the most memorable vantage points of the gorge.
Cross the bridge to the left side, and walk up the illuminated gallery.
The gorge path continues through tunnels, staircases, and walkways to the waterfall viewing area. There are two benches and two picnic tables here.
Follow the same route back to the gorge entrance.
Where to Stay near Liechtensteinklamm
St. Johann im Pongau
St. Johann im Pongau is a town in Salzach Valley, close to Bischofshofen, Wagrain, and Mühlbach am Hochkönig. It’s located 50 km south of Salzburg. St. Johann is surrounded by the Dientner mountains, Salzburger Schieferalpen, and the Radstäter Tauern. During your visit, we highly recommend hiking to Lake Tappenkarsee in Kleinarl Valley and hiking the Mühlbach High Trail in the Hochkönig mountains.
The best accommodations are located in the village of Alpendorf, which is 3 km from the town center of Sankt Johann.
Midrange | Landhotel Lerch Plankenau is a family-friendly hotel in Plankenau, walking distance to the Liechtensteinklamm. Guests love the peaceful location, breakfast, and biotop bathing pool. Half board is available.
Midrange | Apartments Maurachhof is a family-friendly farm stay in Alpendorf.
Luxury | Alpina Family, Spa & Sporthotel is a 4-star superior hotel in Alpendorf. Guests love the mountain views, facilities (spa, pools, gym), and professional staff. Breakfast and dinner are included in the room rate.
Luxury | Hotel Oberforsthof is another 4-star superior hotel in Alpendorf featuring elegant interiors, a spa area, two pools, and a bar. Book half board.
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Austria Trip Planning Essentials
When to Visit Austria
Summer and early Fall are our favorite seasons in Austria.
Getting around Austria
Austria has an excellent public transit system. We’ve used it extensively to travel throughout the country. We highly recommend using transit if you’re visiting cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, etc…), and/or doing hut-to-hut hikes.
Some areas like Mayrhofen, Schladming and Lech am Arlberg have wonderful seasonal transit systems in place (e.g. summer hiking buses). However, if you’re not visiting during the high season, bus frequencies are significantly reduced and it’s far easier to get around with your own vehicle.
If you’re planning on visiting multiple destinations across Austria, we recommend renting a car.
Use these road trip itineraries for trip planning inspiration:
- 2 Week Austria Road Trip – starting in Vienna
- 1 Week Austria Road Trip – starting in Salzburg or Munich
- 10-Day Bavarian Alps & Tyrolean Alps Road Trip – starting in Munich
We recommend using the Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.
If you’re driving into Austria from a neighboring country, don’t forget to purchase a vignette at/near the border.
Hiking in Austria
Where to Hike in Austria
Read Austrian Alps Hiking Destinations for an overview of where to hike in Austria, with tips on specific trails and where to stay. Also check out Best Day Hikes in Austria and these region-specific hiking guides:
- Salzburg Hiking Guide
- Filzmoos, Salzburg Hiking Guide
- Schladming, Styria Hiking Guide
- Lech am Arlberg, Vorarlberg Hiking Guide
- Vorarlberg Hiking Guide
- Vienna Mountains Hiking Guide
Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria
Austria is a premier hut-to-hut and long-distance hiking destination. The quality of the mountain huts are superb. We particularly love the high-alpine trails, which are called Höhenwege in German. We’ve summarized our favorite multi-day hikes in Trekking Austria. If you’re new to hut hiking, read this in-depth guide to Hut to Hut Hiking in Austria.
- Day Pack: Osprey Tempest 30 Women’s Backpack / Osprey Talon 33 Men’s Backpack
- Grade B/C high-cut hiking boots: Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (Kati’s Boots), Women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (Sabrina’s Boots), Men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (men’s equivalent)
- CAT 4 Sunglasses: Julbo Shield Mountain Sunglasses
- Hiking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles
- Backpack Camera Clip: Peak Design Camera Clip
What to See & Do in Austria
- Bathe in thermal pools of an Austrian Therme like Aqua Dome in Tirol.
- Stay in a thermal spa hotel like Rogner Bad Blumau (designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser) in Styria, EurothermenResort Bad Ischl in Upper Austria, or Aqua Dome Hotel in Tirol.
- Hike to a mountain lake like Lake Tappenkarsee in Salzburg or Lake Drachensee in Tirol.
- Go Wine Tasting in South Styria.
- Marvel at the culture, music, and architecture of Vienna.
- Eat heartwarming mountain food in an Almhütte at Grosser Ahornboden in Tirol or Ursprungalm in Styria.
- Drive the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Hohe Tauern National Park.
- Visit the castles, monasteries, and wine taverns of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
More Gorge Trails in the Alps:
- Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
- Höllental Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany