From highway A10 take exit 28 Golling. At the end of the road go left to Golling. A little further, at a crossing, you already see the signs for „Bluntautal wasserfall“. Follow the signs now. Just for the „railway station“ you have to go left again, over the bridge left again following the signs until you reach a parking. This is a paid parking (€7 day) from where you can start.
It is a nice walk into the Bluntautal to the Bluntau wasserfall, along the river and two small lakes. After 45 minutes you reach Gasthaus Bärenhof . If you don’t want to walk this end it is also possible to park at Gasthaus Bärenhof (for free!!!). A little warning about the walk (end of July), there where many gadflies at the last part of the road to Gasthaus Bärenhof and at the river in front of Gasthaus Bärenhof. They sting very nasty and one was painful. I had four big red bumps on my leg which where itching enormously for a few days.
The signs at Gasthaus Bärenhof are really confusing: there are signs „Bluntau wasserfall 40 min“ but a hundred meter further the same sign but…“Bluntau wasserfall 30 min“. As a matter of fact it took us 20 minutes.
After a while following the main path there is a yellow sign pointing left to „Bluntau wasserfall“. Cross a small bridge and now walk up (just after the bridge). It doesn’t look like a path, but it is. After a short climb you reach a manmade viewpoint on the Bluntau wasserfall.
In summertime there ain’t much water in the rive although (when I was there in July 2020) the past few weeks it rained frequently in Austria. There is also another viewpoint when walking back again for a few meters until you see a path going right. Here you can see the Bluntau wasserfall from a lower viewpoint.
The surrounding of the Bluntau wasserfall is astonishing and really worthwhile to visit. It is also sometime a little scary with deep cliffs but oh so beautiful, but watch out with children!
Best time to visit the Bluntau wasserfall is early summer when the waterfalls are fed with melted snow. I was at the Bluntau wasserfall in May (a long time ago) and end of July 2020. You see the difference in volume of the river. It had rained a lot in the weeks before (summer 2020) but still the waterflow wasn’t very high. If you see the pictures of May, a lot of melted snow feeds the Bluntau wasserfall. What I can remember was that in May there was still a lot of snow lying on the road to the waterfall.
Although the Bluntau wasserfall isn’t very spectacular, the valley and nature is astonishing, so I recommend a visit.
From Gasthaus Bärenhof you also can visit another (more spectacular) waterfall, the „Torrener wasserfall„. This is a 25-30 minute walk from Gasthaus Bärenhof. The name Torrener wasserfall is quite confusing for this waterfall because the Bluntau wasserfall lies in the Torrener Ache. It is more logical that the Bluntau wasserfall should be called Torrener wasserfall….
Nearby, at Golling, you can visit the most beautiful waterfall in the region, Gollinger wasserfall, a must to visit. I think this is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Austria.
© 6-7th picture Broderick Dyke, Austria