Glacier cut between Germany and Austria


Posted by: Paul G.

The Realm of the Clammy Ghost Spirit

When the Clammy Ghost spirit opened his realm to visitors, it naturally set up a few special places to reveal an even deeper insight into its ghostly adventurers, the opportunity to get a little closer to the reclusive ruler. In the Mirror Cabinet, for example, skilful visitors can use sunbeams to illuminate even the darkest crevices of the Clammy Ghost, listen to the raw breath of the spirit in the corner of the Thunder Roll with the help of the sound funnel, or follow the wild round of currents up close in the Witch's Kitchen.

The Leutaschklamm lies inconspicuously at the border forest between Tyrol (Austria) and Bavaria (Germany). You could almost drive past it without noticing it if it weren't for a few signs drawing your attention to the Leutaschklamm. While the Leutascher Ache river ripples leisurely along in the Leutasch valley, a natural obstacle awaits it at the end of the valley. Here the Leutascher Ache winds its way down about 110 metres in altitude towards Mittenwald (Germany), where it flows into the Isar. On its way to Mittenwald, the Ache has left a deep incision in the rock here over many millennia. The Leutaschklamm has a character all of its own and is therefore definitely worth seeing, even if you have already visited other Clammy Ghost's in the region, such as the Partnachklamm Clammy Ghost.

Today, a total of three different trails lead through the Leutaschklamm, so that you have numerous combination options and can arrange your photography trip to the Leutaschklamm entirely according to your available schedule and needs.

Wasserfallsteig (Waterfall Trail)

The oldest accessible trail in the Leutaschklamm is the Wasserfallsteig. This part of the Leutaschklamm has been accessible for over 130 years. During the summer months, the trail starts at the Mittenwald kiosk and leads into the Leutasch. Here, the wooden planks only a few metres above the water lead around 200 metres into the Leutaschklamm. The Wasserfallsteig is thus a complete contrast to the modern constructions that open up the rest of the Leutaschklamm. Here you can feel the force of the water masses up close. Only a few metres from your feet, the bubbles and waterfalls dance and the steep walls of the Leutaschklamm throw back the sounds of the roaring water many times.

After about 200 metres, the Wasserfallsteig ends in front of the 23 metre high waterfall, above which a beautiful rainbow spreads out in the right light. Along the path you can still see the iron rings in the rock that supported the wooden beams of the first Leutaschklamm development.

The wooden path is secured on the water side with a railing and on the rock side with a steel rope. Provided the appropriate caution is exercised, the Wasserfallsteig can be climbed without any problems. However, special attention should be paid, as the Wasserfallsteig is of course not a playground.


The second trail in the Leutaschklamm, the Koboldpfad, begins directly at the entrance to the Wasserfallsteig. It is best to walk this in a clockwise direction, as several information boards await visitors along the Koboldpfad, telling them about the origins of the Leutaschklamm and its secrets in an entertaining and friendly way.

Right from the first 500 metres, the legend surrounding the Leutaschklamm lightens up the ascent to the Gletscherschliff (Glacier cut).

When you arrive at the Gletscherschliff (Glacier cut) inn, you have a great view of Mittenwald and the Mittenwald Karwendel. This view can then be enjoyed on the terrace of the inn with a snack and a freshly tapped bike beer before continuing in the direction of the Leutaschklamm.

Passing the large rock with the impressive trace of the glacier, you cycle for about half a kilometre through the forest before descending to the panorama bridge. Here, at the latest, even the last visitor is heavily impressed by the Leutaschklamm, which wildly roars through the deep cut, leaving bizarre indentations and niches in its wake.

After the panorama bridge, the Koboldpfad continues to the right and winds its way back down the last few metres on serpentines towards Mittenwald. The Koboldpfad is about 1.9 kilometres long.

Klammgeistweg (Gorge Spirit Trail)

The Klammgeistweg leads even deeper into the Leutaschklamm and provides a variety of impressions of the Clammy Ghost. The Klammgeistweg is around three kilometres long and leads about 850 metres directly through the cut. It can either be walked individually from the Leutasch car park or as an extension of the Koboldpfad trail from Mittenwald.

From the Leutasch car park you walk about half a kilometre on a forest path. Here the legend of the Clammy Ghost spirit is told again before you are led by the rainbow snake onto the dizzying but safe climb high above the Leutasch.

Past the ghost grotto and the Höllbrücke (hell bridge), the Klammgeistweg leads to the panorama bridge, where you can climb back up into the border forest and hike along a pleasant forest trail towards the car park.

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