Gorge of the Ghosts. This is the English translation for the Geisterklamm in Leutasch near Seefeld in Tirol. But don’t worry, the only scary thing about walking in this beautiful gorge is crossing the bridges where the Leutascher Ache (the name of the river) flows up to 75 metres below. Tourists have been enjoying trips to this natural wonder and the nearby traditional restaurants since 1880.
The Geisterklamm has all the elements for a fun hike with family and friends:
- A steel walkway and bridges of almost 1 km long where the gorge is at its deepest.
- The thrill of crossing an international border and taking a picture standing with one foot in Austria and the other in Germany.
- A mysterious and secluded waterfall trail leading to a spectacular waterfall crashing down 23 metres.
- Interesting activities and information about ghosts, goblins and glaciers on some stretches of the trail.
The Leutasch Geisterklamm is split into two circular routes that can be hiked separately or together.
The Klammgeistweg or ghost trail, which includes the steel walkway of 1 km, is around 3 km in total. It starts in the woods at the parking area on the Leutasch side of the gorge in Austria.
Boards with “ghostly” information about the “mysteries” of the gorge provide opportunities for rest along the way. There are also activities such as playing on wind chimes and listening to the sounds of the “ghosts” to keep the kids entertained. The steep cliffs and the turquoise water of the Leutascher Ache far below, make for a fascinating nature experience.
The Koboldpfad or goblin trail starts at the kiosk on the Mittenwald side in Germany. It is almost 2 km long. Along this route, you will find lots of information on the rock formations and the glaciers that formed the gorge during the ice age.
At the start (or end) of the goblin trail, you can also walk to the waterfall. However, an entrance fee of €1,80 per adult and €0,90 per child is charged to walk along the 200 m-walkway. I would recommend doing it for the experience of getting closer to the mighty waters of the gorge. The kids also enjoy watching the fish that are clearly visible in the water at the beginning of the walkway.
Difficulty and Time
Walking both trails as well as the waterfall walkway adds up to around 7 km in total. It can easily be done in 2 hours, but I would plan for about 4 hours for a leisurely walk, taking in all the sights and information, and stopping for refreshments. If you start on the Leutasch side, it is mostly downhill and level walking except for the first part of the goblin trail. The very unfit could get out of breath here, but it’s nothing serious if you take it slowly.
Eating and Drinking
- Kiosk near the waterfall and the start of the goblin trail on the Mittenwald side.
- Gasthaus Gletscherschliff along the goblin trail.
- Kiosk next to the parking area at the entrance to the ghost trail on the Leutasch side.
By car, it is easiest to drive through Leutasch to the entrance of the ghost trail, where parking is available. A parking fee of €5 is charged. From Germany, you can park somewhere in Mittenwald and then walk from there (about 30 minutes) to the start of the goblin trail.
You can also take a bus or train to Mittenwald before starting your hike there. I tried to confirm a bus route and timetable from Seefeld to the Leutasch entrance, but was unsuccessful.
The trails are not suitable for dogs, pushchairs, wheel chairs or bicycles.
The ghost and goblin trails are open all year round, except in snowy and icy winter conditions. Sometimes the waterfall walkway is closed when the other trails are open.
Take a detour to the well-known Berggasthaus Ederkanzel, where the dining room is in Germany and the terrace is in Austria. From here, you have magnificent views into three different valleys. I marked it on the above map to help you find it.