News: Liechtenstein Gorge closed for entire season 2017
Due to a massive rockfall at the end of May 2017, the Liechtenstein Gorge in St. Johann will stay closed for the entire season for safety reasons. Authorities are concerned about further rockfalls, as four visitors were slightly injured and 17 others had be to rescued from Liechtenstein Gorge during the latest incident, since the way out would have been far too dangerous.
Visiting the sight
If you are on holidays in St. Johann im Pongau, you definitely should pay a visit to Liechtensteinklamm. It is one of the longest and deepest gorges in the Alpine area.
The roaring waterfalls and torrents of water, constantly getting deeper, have cut into the lime-like gorge slate for million of years. Due to the high rocks one has even partially trouble to see the sky. At midday, one may witness a special spectacle: The rays of the sun create a rainbow when meeting the drizzle of the Schleierfall.
You may explore the gorge on a 1km (0.6mi) long hiking path using little footbridges, bridges and steps. The tour may take up to 1 ½ hours. The name of the gorge is derived from the fact that Prince Johann II von und zu Liechtenstein was fascinated by its natural spectacle to that extent that he made it accessible to the public in 1875 by donating money for the necessary construction of bridges and footbridges.
Up to this day an estimated 10 million people have visited the Liechtensteinklamm.