(Schleierfall, Kesselfall, Finsterbachfall)

The Finsterbachfälle are a series of waterfalla at the Ossiacher see near the town Sattendorf in the region Kärnten, Austria.

The waterfalls are located not far from Villach. When taking highway 10 to the north take the exit to the Ossiacher see and Annenheim/Sattendorf. In Sattendorf go left at the sign Sattendorf. Al little further, near the Volksschule, you can park your car along the road (gps 46.664806, 13.920688). There is a sign wasserfallweg From there follow the river Finsterbach upstream. Soon you will see the first waterfall, the Finsterbachfall with a drop of 23 meter.

The river Finsterbach cascades down from the Gerlitzen, a mountain with a height 0f 1909 meters. Melted water feeds the Finsterbachfälle and creates three major drops called Schleierfall, Kesselfall and Finsterbachfall.

The three waterfalls of the Finsterbachfälle are located in the lower part of the river. From Sattendorf a road called “wasserfallweg” leads to the Finsterbachfälle and a trail leads to all 3 waterfalls and is 1,5 kilometers long (appr 60 minutes roundtrip). The last waterfall, the Schleierfall is situated at an altitude of 775 above sealevel and is the highest waterfall with a single drop of 34 meters.

I have seen several figures about the height but all the waterfalls; Schleierfall, Kesselfall and Finsterbachfall are about 20 -30 meters high.

The Finsterbachfälle are low volume waterfalls and best can be visited at midday when the sun shines on the Finsterbachfälle. Best season is probably late spring or early summer.

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About Finsterbachfälle

CountryWaterfalls in Austria
LocationSattendorf-Ossiacher see
Best visitLate spring-early summer

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