The Gilfenklamm gorge and waterfall, a natural spectacle
The Gilfenklamm is one of the most impressive gorges in the Alps – and the only one in Europe to be carved in pure white marble. Over the centuries, geological and meteorological phenomena have altered the rocks, which now shimmer in a rich palette of green and grey shades. Deep between the towering walls of the gorge, the Ratschinger brook rushes wild, building up the thundering Gilfenklamm waterfall – a must-see for anyone visiting the Racines area. The spray of freshwater mist on the skin is so revitalising!
Check out the “Church” in particular: a huge rocky pit where water plunges vertically into vertiginous depths – a sight that will stay with you for a long time!
The Gilfenklamm is safe to visit for both adults and children. Secure crossings, wood bridges and steps are placed in close proximity to the rock walls on one side, with the roaring waters of the brook winding its way through the gorge on the other.
The signposted path starts in the village of Stanghe (3 km from Vipiteno, at the valley entrance) and leads past the toll house to the Gilfenklamm and then high up to our Jaufensteg Hotel & Restaurant (220 m). After an ascent of approximately one hour, you can finally relax on our sun terrace and recharge your batteries with a fine lunch or tea/coffee and a slice of delicious apple strudel.
Gilfenklamm opening times
Open all day from early May to early November, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and in July and August from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance to the Gilfenklamm is closed during the winter months.
Adults: €4.00; children: €2.00; groups of min. 20 persons: €3.50 pp. Free for Racines activCARD holders.