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Chorinsky Defile

Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee, Oberösterreich , Österreich

Because of the huge amount of wood that was needed in the Salzkammergut region, there was always a lack of wood, that had to be added from elsewhere.

The Chorinsky-Klause in the Weißenbachtal near Bad Goisern on the Hallstättersee is a dam built at the beginning of the 19th century, with which the water of the Weißenbach can be used for timber drifting. Within a few minutes, up to 75,000 m³ of water can be drained off. The Chorinsky Klause stands prototypically for the tradition of forestry in the Upper Austrian Salzkammergut.

From this point of view, one must see the deed of the Waldmeister Pfifferling, who started in 1850 with the construction of the timber drift plant in Goiserer Weissenbach. From 1819, the year of inauguration, to the year 1850, this complex has covered the needs of the Saline Bad Ischl and a part of Hallstatt with the timber wealth of the Weißenbachtal.

From this time, it is likely that there were more than a hundred wooden servants employed in the Weißenbachtal every year.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the complex is still fully functional, and is listed as a technical monument.

In recent years, the Chorinskyklause could not be beaten for environmental reasons. The hermitage can be visited for free at any time. Not far from the Chorinksyklause is the famous emperor's table.

For this reason the forester Pfifferling built the Chorinsky Defile in the Weißenbach Valley.

From 1819 until 1850 the large amount of wood needed by the salt mine in Bad Ischl and parts of Hallstatt was provided for by the Weissenbach valley.

People still say that more than 100 lumber- jacks worked in the Weissenbach valley year after year.

Experience a 360 degree Live Panoarama of Bad Goisern...

The defile is easy to reach in summer. It takes around an hour and a half to get there on foot.

Accessibility / arrival

Parking in the village of Weißenbach to Bad Goisern. Hike along the forest road to Chorinsky Klause.
Only accessible on foot or by bicycle.

  • Parking space: 10
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General price information

The Chorinskyklause can be visited for free throughout the year.

Other discounts

Free admission for children

Entry with the Salzkammergut Card is 2 EUR

  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn

Please get in touch for more information.


Chorinsky Defile
Goiserer Weißenbachtal
4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

+43 5 95095 - 10
+43 5 95095 - 74

Contact person

Tourismusverband Dachstein Salzkammergut
Kirchengasse 4
4822 Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee

+43 5 95095 - 10
+43 5 950950 - 74

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