Wolfsklamm (ravine) in Stans
Hike through the raw & romantic “Wolfsklamm” ravine of the Karwendel mountains
Taking a hike through this pleasantly cool ravine is a bliss not only on hot summer days: from early April through the end of October, the “Wolfsklamm” ravine enchants outdoor lovers with its roaring waterfalls, emerald green ponds, and a pleasant mountain water spray accompanying the spectacle.
It was a good 108 years ago, precisely on August 11th 1901, when the “Wolfsklamm” was officially awarded the title “Pearl of the Tyrolean Lowlands”. It‘s not clear whether the ravine got its name due to the wolves prowling the area. Actually, it might have just as well been called “Bärenklamm” – since it was here that the last documented brown bear of Northern Tyrol was hunted down.
324 steps exactly, wooden footbridges, and arcades carved out of the mountain rock lead up to the “St. Georgenberg” pilgrims‘ cloister. Torrential waters, the roaring of the Stans brook, and shaking bridges will make your hike through the most beautiful among the Tyrol ravines an adventure to remember!
(Especially in the summer when it‘s pleasantly cool inside the ravine.)
At the end of the ravine, you arrive at a 12 meter tall barrage – you‘ll then realize just what enormous quantities of water, mud and gravel can come rushing down here, from the Karwendel mountains!
Past the ravine, the pilgrims‘ path continues toward “St. Georgenberg”, which is currently the oldest pilgrimage site of Tyrol. Here, you‘ll already have entered the “Alpenpark Karwendel” natural reserve. Shortly before you arrive at the cloister in the rocks, you get to traverse the heritage-protected “Hohe Brücke” bridge. This stone arch was built in 1497 AD, and is merely the remnant of what was once the oldest bridge of Tyrol.
The “St. Georgenberg” cloister was build on a hermitage that was first documented in the year 950 AD! The “St. Georgenberg” cloister is a retreat to find inner peace and strength. The chapel is always open – regular service is held.
Special Notes: Tolled privately-operated parking space available right at the ravine entrance (operator: “Brandstetterhof”); alternatively: free parking space downtown.
Car directions: “Autobahn (A12)” Schwaz highway exit – toward Stans – “Ortsmitte” (town center) – parking area at the ravine entrance – parking toll: € 3.–
On-foot directions: Walking duration from Stans to “St. Georgenberg”: approx. 1.5 hrs
To get back, one can take the crossway via “Weng” or the crossway via “Maria Tax”
Insider tips & tips of any other kind: The widely popular night pilgrimages are conducted on every 13th of the month, from May to October.
In the shade of age-old chestnut trees, the innkeepers of the “St. Georgenberg” pilgrims‘ lodge love to serve their delicious traditional fayre from the region to visitors from all over the world!