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Leutasch Spirit Gorge - In the Realm of the Gorge Spirit
The caves and the whirlpools, a unique blend of water and stone. Welcome to the realm of the gorge spirit and his goblins! The trail through the Leutasch Spirit Gorge was finished in August 2005 after two years of hard work and is free of charge. The impressive gorge is navigated by means of a steel walkway high above the torrents of the Leutascher Ache, which flows into the Isar at Mittenwald and thus creates a link between Germany and Austria. Quickly we become aware of something strange and secret: this is the realm of the gorge spirit, who speaks to humans through the sounds of the raging river, the swirling waters in the whirlpools, the cascades of water and the odd rock formations. A daring route lets us look down into his habitat up to 75m below us.
There are three trails to explore the realm of the gorge spirit:
The Spirit Gorge Trail, 3000m in length: The Spirit Gorge Trail heads from the car park in the Leutasch hamlet of Schanz or from the former customs post into the gorge after around 600m and then follows the walkway 800m through to the panorama bridge. From there a forest trail leads back to the car park. There are stations with displays where the gorge spirit explains various facets of his realm. Duration: around 1½ hours.
The Goblin Trail, 1900m in length: The Goblin Trail leads from the gorge kiosk in Mittenwald via the Gletscherschliff (literally “glacier scrape”) (closed until further notice - currently no refreshment stop!) into the Leutasch gorge and meets the Spirit Gorge Trail at the panorama bridge. Return via the northern side of the gorge to the starting point. Along this route you can see the stones which have been brought from far away by the glaciers (known as “goblins” in German). Duration: ca. 1 hour.
The Waterfall Trail, 500m in length: From a bridge at the entrance to Mittenwald a path of around 500m leads to the gorge. A walkway only three metres above the water leads to the impressive 23m-high waterfall. (Entry fee: € 3.00/adult, € 1.00/child from 4 - 16 years).
There are car parks at the entrance to Mittenwald.
Important: the narrow gorge path is not suitable for pushchairs, prams or dogs. Bicycles may not be used on any section of the trail between the car park in Leutasch and the Mittenwald gorge kiosk. Please respect these rules to enable a pleasant experience for all. A leaflet about the Spirit Gorge is available for no charge in all the information offices of the Region Seefeld and as download from www.seefeld.com.