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Gilfenklamm Gorge in Stanghe

Wonder of nature at the entrance to the Racines Valley

Gilfenklamm, at the entrance of the Racines Valley near Vipiteno, is the only gorge that is deeply incised in pure white marble. When it was made accessible to the public a good century ago, it was baptized Kaiser Franz Josef Gorge; it has lost none of its fascination since that time.

The name Gilf originates from the pre-Latin word colphus (in Greek, kolphos). It originally meant “bosom”, “bay”, “cavity” or “curve” and probably came to this region as the Alpine-Romanic word golfu. Gulf, Gülf, and Gilf is related to the German words wölben (curve) or Gewölbe (arch).

The Ratschingser Bach stream forces its way, water gushing, through towering rock faces and thunders down numerous waterfalls into the valley. A visit to Gilfenklamm Gorge is surely an experience that leaves a strong impression: a first-hand experience of nature’s inimitability and power.


Starting point: Stanghe
Altitude Gain: 175 m
Duration: about 1 hour up to the gorge; about 30–45 min down
Open: from early May to early November; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (in July and August from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
Admission: adults € 4.00; children € 2.00; groups of 20 or more € 3.50

Ratschings/Racines Turismo:
Tel. +39 0472 760 608
South Tyrol Information, Südtiroler Straße/Via Alto Adige 60, I-39100 Bolzano/Bozen
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