Austria

Waterfalls in Austria

There are so many gorgeous waterfalls in Austria and it is an ideal country for Hollidays and chasing waterfalls. Austria is a long stretched country where the Alps (the largest mountain range in Europe) covers almost the whole of Austria. Eighty per cent of Austria consists of mountainous areas where Mount Grossglockner (3.797 meters) is the highest point.


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Map of waterfalls in Austria



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Best rated waterfalls in Austria


Name Region Location Height Rating #
Stuibenfall (Umhausen) Tirol Umhausen-Otztal 159 m
4
Grawafall Tirol Mutterbergtal-Stubaital 120+180 m
3.5
Kleinbachfall Tirol Hinterbichl-Virgental-Matrei in Osttirol 360 m
3.5
Bergaichter wasserfall Tirol Vilsalpsee-Tannheim 260 m
3
Dalfazer wasserfall Tirol Buchau-Achensee 61 m
3
Edelbacher wasserfall Tirol Elmen 40 m
3
Eifersbacher wasserfall Tirol St Johann-Fieberbrunn 25 m
3
Häselgehr Wasserfall Tirol Ehrwald-Lermoos 29+61 m
3
Frauenbachfall Tirol Lavant-Lienz 80 m
3
Lehnerfall Tirol Längenfeld-Otztal 90 m
3
Mischbachfall Tirol Volderau-Neustift-Stubaital 160 m
3
Pfitschebach wasserfall Tirol St Leonhard-Eggenstal-Pitztal 40 m
3
Rotmoos wasserfall Tirol Obergurgl-Otztal 42 m
3
Rotlech wasserfall Tirol Rinnen-Berwang 20 m
3
Sabafall Tirol Saba-Brandstatt 120 m
3
Schlatenbach wasserfall Tirol Gschlöss-Matrei (tauernhaus) 40 m
3
Schleierfall (Hintertux) Tirol Hintertux 60 m
3
Schraubenfall Tirol Hintertux 105 m
3
Simmsfall Tirol Holzgau-Höhenbachtal 44 m
3
Tumpener wasserfall Tirol Tumpen-Otztal 62+180 m
3
Bachfalle (Gries) Tirol Gries, Längenfeld, Otztal 80-140 m
3
Falbesoner wasserfall Tirol Falbeson, Stubaital 140 m
3
Bichler wasserfall Tirol Bichl-St Leonhard-Pitztal 51 m
2.5
Bichlrinne wasserfall Tirol Winkle-Otztal 25 m
2.5
Durrensee wasserfall Tirol Ellbögen-Arztal 60 m
2.5
Fallbachfall (Absam) Tirol Absam-Hall in Tirol 40 m
2.5
Griessbach Wasserfall Tirol Hägerau-Steeg 80 m
2.5
Keilkeller wasserfall Tirol Schwendau/Hippach-Zillertal 50 m
2.5
Kunerfall Tirol Hintertux 60 m
2.5
Lötzer Wasserfall Tirol Lötz-Zams-Landeck 30 m
2.5
Lochner wasserfall Tirol Walchsee-Kufstein 10 m
2.5
Lussbach wasserfall Tirol Plangeross-Pitztal 15+180 m
2.5
Mutterbergklamm wasserfall Tirol Stubaital-Gletscher 96 m
2.5
Pitze wasserfall Tirol Mittelberg-Pitztal 15+80 m
2.5
Sarntheinfall Tirol Trins-Gschnitztal 30 m
2.5
Schleierfall (Going) Tirol Going am Wilden Kaiser 80 m
2.5
Schlitterer wasserfall Tirol Schlitters-Zillertal 10 m
2.5
Schrammacherfall Tirol Zamser tal-Mayrhofen 160 m
2.5
Stillup wasserfall Tirol Mayrhofen 90 m
2.5
Stuibenfall (Jerzens) Tirol Jerzens-Pitztal 160 m
2.5
Stuibenfälle Tirol Reutte 53 m
2.5
Schallerbach wasserfall Tirol See, Landeck 15-20 m
2.5
Stamser wasserfall Tirol Stams 30-40 m
2.5
Sandesbach wasserfall Tirol Untertal, Gschnitz-Steinach am Brenner 30 m
2.5
Sintersbacher Wasserfall Tirol Jochberg 85+120 m
2.5
Modertal wasserfall Tirol Benglerwald/Seesumpf-Lech 30 m
2.5
Stod wasserfall Tirol Achenkirch-Achensee 50 m
2.5
Klockelebach wasserfall Tirol Stillebach-Pitztal 160 m
2.5
Klapfbach wasserfall Tirol Unterstaller alm, Innervillgraten 30-50 m
2.5
Obstanser wasserfall Tirol Kartitsch-Sillian 180 m
2,5
Agnesfall Tirol Juifenau-Gries im Sellrain 170 m
2
Alfairalm wasserfall Tirol Untertal-Steinach am Brenner 30 m
2
Alpstrudelfall Tirol Vils-Lechtal 20 m
2
Bad Häringfall Tirol Waldschonau/Bad Häring-Kufstein 15 m
2
Dichtenbachfall Tirol Gschlöss-Matrei (tauernhaus)-Felbertauernstrasse 100 m
2
Klammerfall Tirol Obsteig-Fronhausen 20 m
2
Laimacher wasserfall Tirol Hippach-Laimach-Zillertal 30 m
2
Schleier wasserfall Tirol Kitzbühel 20 m
2
Schragerfall Tirol Kasern-St Jodok am Brenner 29 m
2
Seebenfall Tirol Ehrwald 210 m
2
Auerklamm wasserfall Tirol Sautens-Oetz 12+50 m
2
Timmelsbach wasserfall Tirol Zwieselstein-Oetztal 70 m
2
Trockenbach wasserfall Tirol Erl-Kufstein 25 m
2
Urfall Tirol Schmieden-Tannheim 20+30 m
2
Verpeilbachfall Tirol Feichten-Kaunertal 15 m
2
Visnitzbach wasserfall Tirol Kappl-Paznauntal 20+60 m
2
Wolfsklamm wasserfälle Tirol Stans 9-30 m
2
Schwarzwasser wasserfälle Tirol Riezlern, Kleinwalsertal 25 m
2
Frauenstallbach wasserfall Tirol Grasse-Kaunertal 30 m
1.5
Trainsbachfall Tirol Schmiedtal-Kufstein 25 m
1.5
Doserfall Tirol Häselgehr-Lechtal 7 m
1.5
Bloaderalm wasserfall Tirol Innervals-Sankt Jodok am Brenner
1
Rieder klamm Tirol Ried-Gerlos 15 m
1
Bairachefall Tirol Valepp (ger) 150 m
Gramaiserfall Tirol Haselgehr-Lechtal 130 m
Gurgelfall Tirol Rietz

German for waterfalls in Austria is “wasserfälle in Osterreich”. “Fall or wasserfall” means waterfall or plural “wasserfälle”. At this moment I have almost 200 waterfalls in Austria registered and this is much more than a year ago. Austria is a perfect country for chasing waterfalls with several glaciers, a perfect environment a good infrastructure.

Especially around the Grossglockner still several glaciers can be found which is a guarantee for beautiful waterfalls in summertime. Unfortunately the surface of glaciers reduces every year more and more. It is questionable how long we can enjoy all that mighty waterfalls, fed by melted ice and snow from glaciers. North of the Grossglockner you will find the longest glacier in Austria, the Pasterze (9 kilometer).

Even though there are numerous waterfalls to be found throughout Austria, most of the waterfalls in Austria are located in the regions of Tyrol, Salzburg and western Carinthia. There are a few valleys with lots of waterfalls that are easy to access. My number one valley is the Otztal with a lot of huge and beautiful waterfalls, highly recommended. Biggest and most beautiful waterfall in the Otztal is the Stuibenfall near Umhausen.
Other big waterfalls were waiting for me down the valley: Lehnerfall, Tumpener wasserfall and the Rotmoos wasserfall. There are too many waterfalls to mention them all, but the Otztal is one of the best valleys in Austria when you like waterfalls.

Roads are very good in Austria and generally you can drive 80-100 kilometer per hour, also on secondary roads.

Keep in mind there are several toll roads in Austria. When driving on a highways, a vignette is compulsory. A vignette for 10 days costs around 12 euros for a car.

Besides the vignette there are several roads (especially in Tirol) where you still have to pay toll: Brenner pass, Dachsteinstraße, Felbertauernstraße, Gerlos Alpine Road, Grossglockner Hochalpen-Straße Maltatal-Hochalmstrasse, Nockalmstraße, Pyhrn-Autobahn (Gleinalmtunnel ) Pyhrn Autobahn (Bosrucktunnel) Silvretta High Alpine Road, Tauern motorway, Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road, Villacher Alpenstraße – Dobratsch, Karawankentunnel.

July or August is the best time to visit waterfalls in Austria When you go to valleys with glaciers, like the Tuxertal, Stubaital, Obergurgl, Grossglockner area and most waterfalls in the Hohe Tauern National Park.

Most of the other waterfalls are fed by melted snow and can best be visited from the second part of May or June (depending of the temperatures and the amount of sun). There are a lot of waterfalls with tiny streams in summertime, but in May or June these waterfalls are gorgeous. In the summer of 2015 I visited several waterfalls with a low volume or with no volume at all. In the Vorarlberg region a lot of waterfalls had a low volume, still very beautiful, but I can get very happy if I can feel the power of the water falling down, the thunderous sound and the scenic setting, if possible with some sunshine.

Besides waterfalls being fed by melted snow and ice there are waterfalls fed by a karst river or by rain. For more information you can search the database for regions or waterfalls here. Just search for the name of a waterfall, a town, a river or a region.


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Biggest waterfalls by volume in Austria


The largest and most powerful waterfall in Austria is the Krimmler wasserfälle and is fed by a glacier with a surface of 5 km2 called the Krimmler Kees. In the summer months the volume of the Krimmler wasserfälle has an average volume of 5,6m3/sec. In 1987 they even measured a volume of 57,2m3/sec. This is why the Krimmler wasserfälle is one of the most powerful waterfalls on the European mainland.

I am not sure which waterfall comes next as biggest waterfall in Austria. It might be the Grawafall that increase enormous in volume in the summer months and is also fed by a glacier. The Umbalfälle is a waterfall that also can grow into a huge and mighty waterfall. There are a lot of big waterfalls that can be mentioned as one of the biggest waterfalls in Austria, but it needs research to be sure.


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Highest waterfalls in Austria


On Internet the Krimmler wasserfälle is considered to be the highest waterfall of Austria with a total height of 380 meters and three large stages with several small waterfalls in between. But unfortunately the Internet is not always right. The highest waterfall in Austria is the Walcher wasserfall (Schleierfall) near Ferleiten with a total height of 520 meters followed by the Seebachfall near Sulzau with a height of 480 meters. Fortunately the Krimmler wasserfälle is quite a good third highest waterfall of Austria. So the Internet wasn’t completely wrong.

Walcher wasserfall (520 meter)

Seebachfall (480 meter)

Krimmler wasserfälle (380 meter)

Kleinbachfall (360 meter)

Bergaichter wasserfall (260 meter)


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Most beautiful waterfalls in Austria


In most countries, I always doubt what the most beautiful waterfall is but in Austria it easy: the most beautiful waterfall in Austria is definitely the Krimmler wasserfälle. I visited the Krimmler wasserfälle four times and still I would like to return. In summertime it can be very crowded. About 350.000 people visit the waterfall every year.

The Krimmler wasserfälle plunges down over several stages with one even more impressive then the other. There is a nice trail along the waterfall so you don’t have to miss anything. The last part can be a little bit steep but the path is good. Don’t start to late because you can spend a whole day at the Krimmler wasserfälle. The Krimmler wasserfälle is in my top 5 of best waterfalls in Europe, so don’t miss it.

My number two “most beautiful waterfall in Austria” is probably the Stuibenfall near Umhausen. The Stuibenfall is quite powerful in summertime and has a total height of 159 meters. There is a nice trail running along the Stuibenfall with five platforms or viewpoints.

My number three “most beautiful waterfall in Austria” is more difficult. I guess the Grawafall in the Stubaital impressed me. The Grawafall is not only 180 meters high but also 85 meters wide and there are sunbeds at the platform in front of this huge and mighty waterfall.

  1. Krimmler wasserfälle
  2. Stuibenfall
  3. Grawafall

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