Wolfsklamm


Useful Information

Location: At the northern side of Stans. A12 (E60) Salzburg-Innsbruck, exit Schwaz. Turn left on L215 to Stans, in the town center turn left to parking lot.
Open: MAY to OCT daily 9-16.
Weather depending.
[2020]
Fee: Adults EUR 5, Children (6-14) EUR 1.50, Children (0-5) free.
Groups (10+): Adults EUR 3.50.
[2020]
Classification: GorgeGorge
Light: n/a
Dimension:
Guided tours: St=354.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no, too steep, many stairs
Bibliography:
Address: Wolfsklamm, Am Rain 261, 6135 Stans.
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History

950 first written mention of the monastery.
1901 opened to the public.
2017 wooden outlook constructed above the big waterfall in the middle of the gorge.

Description

The Wolfsklamm (wolve's slot canyon) is the gorge of the Stallenbach. During thousands of years it cut deep into the rock. When the monastry St. Georgenberg was built above the the monks, they constructed a path up to the monastry. The shortest way was along the gorge. It was used by monks and pilgrims, and because of its beauty it became quite famous.

The trail was built by cutting a narrow ledge into the almost vertical cliff, about 10m above the river. Today it is equipped with a wooden rail and wooden bridges. The upper end is a 12m high wall, which was built to keep rocks and huge blocks from the mountainside to be washed into the gorge.

The monastery St. Georgenberg was erected on top of a limestone rock with vertical walls. It is accessible on a roofed wooden bridge named Hohe Brücke (high bridge). The construction was quite difficult, but according to a legend this was the best spot for the monastery. The monastery is quite old, it was first mentioned in 950. Before the current buildings, there was an hermit on the rock. It is the oldest pilgrimage destination in Austria.