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Breitachklamm natural wonder

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  • Breitachklamm
    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | @Fotograf: Steffen Berschin, CC BY-ND, Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | @Fotograf: Steffen Berschin
m 1100 1000 900 800 8 6 4 2 km Güütschle-Plätzle Waldhaus Walserschanz Kiesbank an der Breitach Zwingsteg Breitachklamm
A unique nature experience for young and old and an experience for the whole family. Whether a hike or a walk: you can enjoy an unforgettable day on well-developed and safe paths.
Distance 9.8 km
3:30 h
512 m
412 m
1,090 m
825 m
The gorge was made accessible in 1905 by the Tiefenbach pastor Johannes Schiebel. It is the deepest rock canyon in Central Europe and attracts over 300,000 visitors every year. It is one of the most impressive geotopes in Bavaria and one of the most popular attractions in the Allgäu. A visit is worthwhile in summer and winter, regardless of the weather, because the more water flows, the more impressive the Breitachklamm appears. Breitachklamm one-way regulation: Currently only entry via the valley ticket office in Tiefenbach is possible.

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Update: March 03, 2023
Highest point
1,090 m
Lowest point
825 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 11.70%Dirt road 47.14%Forested/wild trail 5.25%Path 20.65%Road 4.66%Unknown 10.58%
1.1 km
Dirt road
4.6 km
Forested/wild trail
0.5 km
2 km
0.5 km
1 km
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Rest stops

Cafe-Ristorante-Pizzeria Trentino

Safety information

  • 140 Alpine Emergencies Austria wide
  • 144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg
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Tips and hints

How do you consciously experience nature?


Nature is so much more than the backdrop for unforgettable mountain experiences. It is a habitat for animals and plants. It provides drinking water and supplies us with high quality food. Not only does it provide valuable raw materials such as wood, it also protects against avalanches and mudslides and regulates the climate. It is up to us to support nature in everything that it does for us. One thing is certain, together we can achieve more:


Smart in NATURE

CONSCIOUS together

EXPERIENCE foresight


Smart in NATURE

Take a deep breath and recharge your batteries, be outside and feel free. When we enjoy nature, we are guests in the living room of shy animals and rare plants. If you behave smart, they will be happy to share their living space with you in the future too.


Stay on paths and marked routes

If you follow the marked paths and routes, you are sure to come to new favorite places. In this way you also respect protected areas, because many animals and plants need special protection. Especially in winter, any disturbance unnecessarily costs the wild animals the strength they need to survive.


Avoiding twilight times

Standing on a mountain at sunrise is a special experience. The morning and evening hours are also the time when most wild animals are in search of food. If they are disturbed, they get stressed. If it cannot be avoided, please stay on the marked path, do not use a bright headlamp and enjoy the silence.


Stay clean & take rubbish with you

It goes without saying: You take rubbish with you again, on the mountain and in the valley. Please also organic waste, because it is composted much more slowly at altitude. You can dispose of the rubbish properly at home or in your accommodation - please remember that there are no rubbish bins in public spaces in Kleinwalsertal.


On the natural toilet

If you are looking for a quiet place, please be at least 50 m away from water. Bury excrement or cover it with a large stone. Use fallen leaves or recycled toilet paper and put the paper back in the trash bag.


On tour with a dog

Are you always in control of your four-legged partner, even if he gets his nose for marmots, deer or other wild animals? You are both on the safe side on a leash. Keep dogs on a short leash near grazing cattle. If an attack by a grazing animal is foreseeable: leash off immediately. There are numerous dog stations in the valley for the disposal of dog bags. The farmers and alpine farmers thank you because manure in meadows and fields contaminates the feed and makes grazing cattle sick.


CONSCIOUS to each other


Consideration for other athletes and those looking for relaxation

Everyone loves to enjoy a special piece of earth for themselves. But most of the time we are not traveling alone. No problem, because there is enough space. Allow time, open the way in an accommodating manner, provide support when someone needs help and always give a smile. So nothing stands in the way of friendly cooperation and relaxed enjoyment of nature.


Appreciating the preservation of the cultural landscape

Alpine landscapes are touching with their contrast: Imposing peaks and natural forests alternate with gentle valleys, well-tended meadows and pastures. In the Kleinwalsertal too, this delightful landscape at three altitudes is no coincidence, but the result of an interplay of natural and cultural landscapes. Behind this is the work of farmers, alpine and forestry as well as hunters. With their work, they ensure that the attractiveness of the recreation and leisure area and the diversity of species are preserved. We already say thank you if we stay on the marked trails and enjoy regional products.


EXPERIENCE farsighted


Safe on tour - for you and others

Whether on a ski or snowshoe tour in winter or on a mountain tour in summer, anyone who is out and about in alpine terrain has to be well prepared. This includes careful information and tour planning as well as the right equipment. Correctly assessing alpine dangers requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Why not learn from professionals and go on tour with one of the experienced guides?


Riezlern (989 m)
47.386704, 10.229160
47°23'12.1"N 10°13'45.0"E
32T 592770 5248871



Turn-by-turn directions

From the Walserschanze (bus line 1) we walk a little along the B19 towards Germany. Soon there is a junction to the left, continue across an open field and then through the forest to the Zwingsteg. After only a few minutes we discover a signpost at the top of the forest. This leads us down to the right through a largely shady forest, we follow this path to parking lot P1 - Breitachklamm. From the ticket office in the valley / parking lot P 1, we hike on the easily accessible path to the upper end of the gorge to the Berg - Walserschanze exit. Here you can either break off the tour and take the Walserbus back or follow the path along the Breitach to Riezlern. We hike through green, shady mixed forests to a bridge (near the state border) to the forest house. You continue on the Breitach back to Reizlern via paved boardwalks, gravel and forest paths. At the Schwende & Riezlern Ort junction (turn left) we walk up the path to the Schwendetobel & over the Fellhornweg to Riezlern Ort / Post.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Leave the car where it is!

The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 1 takes you to the village Mittelberg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Walserschanze". Way back: bus line 1 from "Riezlern Post".

>>> Timetable Walserbus

Getting there

Most routes from Germany meet in Ulm and continue on the A7. At the Allgäu motorway triangle via the section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction and on the four-lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf into the Kleinwalsertal. From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you can reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) - Riedbergpass - Fischen - Oberstdorf. Coming from Tyrol, the quickest route is via the A7 to Kempten and further on the B19 towards Oberstdorf. You do not need a motorway vignette to drive into the valley.


Paid parking spaces are located near the starting point. Parking along the main road is not permitted.


47.386704, 10.229160
47°23'12.1"N 10°13'45.0"E
32T 592770 5248871
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Nature experience map, scale 1:12,000; Kleinwalsertal tour map (with hiking guide), scale 1:25,000; DAV hiking map, scale 1:25,000; the respective cards are available for a fee in the Walserhaus Hirschegg.


Sturdy shoes, weatherproof clothing or headgear, and hiking sticks are recommended.

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9.8 km
3:30 h
512 m
412 m
Highest point
1,090 m
Lowest point
825 m
Public-transport-friendly Linear route Scenic Family-friendly Geological highlights Dog-friendly


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