Entenlochklamm & Klobenstein

Between Ettenhausen in Bavaria (Germany) and Kössen in Tyrol (Austria), the Tiroler Ache river found its way through vertically rising layers of rocks. One particularly interesting area are the narrows at Entenlochklamm, where the steep rocky walls rise on 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 snow melting higher in the alps combine. At the Entenlochklamm 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 is for the most part a walk through the woods on a well maintained forest trail. It gently rises upwards 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.

Here are some impressions:

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