The Gössfälle is a great waterfall in the Maltatal near Koschach in the region Kärnten, Austria. The river Gößbach falls down, over several stages, into the river Malta. The total height of the Gossfalle is appr. 122 meters. It is not one big waterfall but a concatenation of several small waterfalls.
From the main road at the Fallbachfall, take the exit to the Gössfälle (there are signs), keep right at the crossing until you have reached the free parking (gps 46.983499, 13.456229). A path leads to a viewpoint (5 minutes) of the lower part of the Gössfälle. This is also the most beautiful part, certainly late in the afternoon when the sun is shining.
July 2022 was the second time I visited the Gössfälle and it was still very beautiful. The surrounding has changed (viewpoint) and people where swimming in the big pool in front of the waterfall.
The first time I visited the Gössfälle (many years ago) it was May and we climbed up along the river. A nice trail leads through the forrest along the river Gössbach and has several viewpoint on different parts of the waterfall. The surrounding is really beautiful with lots of trees and numerous rapids in the river. In 30 minutes time you can walk up quite a bit.
May was a little bit too early in the season. There was still a lot of snow on the mountains and the weather was wet and cold. Best season to visit all waterfalls in the Maltatal and the Gossfalle is early summer, when melted snow feeds the Gossbach and the volume of the river increases. By the way: out of the season the last part of road into the Maltatal is closed!!!
The Maltatal is one of my favorite valleys because of the numerous beautiful waterfalls. The Gossfalle is the second highest waterfall in the Maltatal and is easy to access. On the opposite site of the valley you can see the tall Fallbachfall which is visible from a far distance. The river Fallbach drops down vertically over 150 meters and is one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Austria.
Other nice waterfalls in the Maltatal are: Fallbachfall, Hinterer Maralmfall,, Melnikfall and the Schleierfall.
© 8-9th picture Broderick Dyke, Austria