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Today I’m going to introduce you to the nature in Austria. Think emerald-green water, mossy stones, vertigo-inducing cliffs, misty waterfalls and ancient legends. I’m showing you the gorgeous Liechtensteinklamm (or Liechtenstein gorge to use its English name).
Okay, let’s begin!
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LIECHTENSTEINKLAMM IN ST. JOHANN IM PONGAU
Aside from a funny sounding name, Liechtensteinklamm is a gorge, about 50 km south of Salzburg. It’s narrow, 4km long and has walls up to 300m, which makes it one of the deepest and longest gorges in the Alps.”
I took the train from Salzburg to St. Johann im Pongau and caught a city bus to the gorge. The rain was coming down in buckets when the bus pulled over at the last stop. With no street signs or people in sight, I followed the cars and decided to be optimistic. The gorge was surely just around the corner.
The gorge was not around the corner.
45 minutes and two thunderstorms later, I arrived with soaking wet shoes and smeared mascara at the gorge entrance. At least my camera was safe. I’ve never been happier with myself for bringing my $1 pink rain poncho.
I had a light lunch while drying up and then paid a fee of 4.50 euros to enter. Once inside the gorge, I was sheltered from the rain by the narrow cliff walls (high-five, Liechtensteinklamm, for having my back).
After 20 minutes of hiking, there was barely any sunlight. All I could hear was the thundering water below me as I felt the cold, wet air on the grotto-like pathway. I stopped (obviously) a million times to take photos of the rapids and the rays of light passing through the cliff walls.
LEGEND OF THE LIECHTENSTEIN GORGE
Before entering the gorge, I read a brochure about Liechtensteinklamm and its genesis. According to legend, it was created when the devil full of anger over a failed plan, threw water onto the rocks and created the gorge. It might not be a sunshiny creation myth, but it sure has a mystic atmosphere that fits well with the location.
Legend also says that healing springs lie beneath the gorge. But it hasn’t been possible to extract it.
WATERFALL AT THE END OF LIECHTENSTEINKLAMM
By the end of the gorge, the cliffs widened and I spotted a high waterfall. You guys know how I feel about waterfalls, right? In my world, they’re the awesomest thing ever created and for some reason they make me feel like I’ve come home
From afar, I heard the thundering water rushing down the cliff and into the echoing gorge. It wasn’t the biggest waterfall I’d seen, but it was epic.
I spent about 1,5 hour in Liechtensteinklamm and I’m always super slow because I take so many pictures. Although it rained the entire time, I’m still glad I went because the gorge is really spectacular.
A MAP OF SALZBURGERLAND
Liechtensteinklamm is located in Salzburgerland, one of Austria’s nine states. Since it’s fairly easy to get around Austria by public transportation, I chose to base myself in Salzburg while exploring Salzburgerland and Upper Austria (Hallstatt).
Find the most popular sights in Salzburgerland on the map. Click the red pin to see the name
Now over to you, adventurers! Have you been to a gorge before?
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