The morning sun still bravely battles against the impending cold season. The autumn chill can, however, be felt keenly in the ice-cold spray of the waters in the Tiefenbach gorge. Sturdy shoes and a windbreaker are recommended if you want to enjoy an adventurous walk along the old wood drift between Kramsach and Brandenberg in the Alpbachtal Valley without catching cold. Where precious wood was once floated through the narrow gorge on the Brandberger Ache in dangerous working conditions, visitors can now watch daring kayakers paddling through the white waters and rocky outcrops deep below. After all, it is with good reason that the gorge is called the “Tiefenbachklamm” ("Deep River Gorge"). After about an hour’s walk, the gorge suddenly widens into an idyllic meadow – time to take your jacket off, enjoy a tasty snack on the restaurant terrace and catch a few rays of autumn sun!
The Tiefenbach gorge can be accessed from either Kramsach or the Aschauer Strasse in Brandenberg. During rainfall the path leading through the gorge is closed for safety reasons. The trail is well-secured, lthough it is recommended that you keep a close eye on your children and strap babies their prams. If your youngsters are not tired after the walk through the gorge, a trip to the Lauserland in the Alpbachtal Valley or the Hexenwasser Söll water play area at he Wilder Kaiser is thoroughly recommended.
The founder of this former inn painted the sundial, after which the Sporthotel Sonnenuhr is named, on the house facade almost 50 years ago. Today, the hotel is still run by the family, but with four-star comforts. Those who are looking for something extraordinary with noble ambience should book accommodation at Schlosshotel Matzen in Brixlegg. This high medieval castle is a beautifully renovated architectural gem, surrounded by a 200,000 square metre park.
The rustic Tiefenbachklamm snack bar serves homemade regional specialities and locally sourced products – there is also a children’s playground for those not worn out by the short walk through the gorge.