Entenlochklamm & Klobenstein (10 photos)

Between Ettenhausen in Bavaria (Germany) and Kössen in Tyrol (Austria), the “Tiroler Ache” river formed a canyon, over the millennia breaking through layers of rocks with strata that rise vertically. One particularly interesting area is a narrowing in the canyon called “Entenlochklamm”, where steep rocky walls rise in both sides of the river.

The river, appearing lazily flowing and peaceful in Spring, may turn into a raging stream in Summer, when rainfall and water from the snow melting in the alps combine. At a narrows, a nice and somewhat unusual steel rope suspension bridge crosses the river to a chapel on the eastern side of the river, with a rustic little restaurant nearby. The chapel is called “Klobenstein”, which roughly translates to “split rock” – you can easily see why in one of the photos below.

The hike begins in Germany and follows the old Schmugglerweg (“Smuggler’s Path”), which for the most part is a walk through the woods on a well maintained forest trail that gently rises upwards and along the western side of the river’s canyon – there’s not much to see there though (except plenty of hikers, especially on a weekend) so I focused my photographic attention to the narrows and chapel.

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