The Groppensteinschlucht is a gorge with three big waterfalls: the Raufenfall, the Groppensteinfall and the Zechnerfall. The Groppensteinschlucht is located in the Hohentauern national park near Obervellach in the region Kärnten, Austria.
From Obervellach it is a short driver over road 106 to Raufen where the entrance to the Groppensteinschlucht is. Along the road there is a small sign “Groppensteinschlucht”. There is a big parking (gps 46.940149, 13.184996) near the entrance but it can be very crowded in the main season.
You have to pay admission €7 for an adult, but with a Kärnten card it is free . From the entrance it is a 6 minute walk to the first waterfall, Raufenfall and a nice piece of art. From here the path goes up to the second and most beautiful waterfall (because you can see a rainbow), the Groppensteinfall. There are many good viewpoints and you have to choose which one is the best. The first viewpoint is only another 5 minutes away from the Raufenfall.
Keep following the path enjoying the views and and nature before you get surprised by the view on the Zechnerfall (after 30 minutes from the start).
The path keeps on going up until you reach the top of the Zechnerfall. Don’t worry, you won’t notice the ascend because of all the nice views… From the end you can walk back via another road, back to the parking. You walk on an asphalt road that runs along the Groppenstein castle, nice to see. The roundtrip took me 75 minutes and is also suitable for children.
The Groppensteiner waterfalls are all three very beautiful waterfalls in the river Mallnitzbach fed by melted snow from the mountains of the Hohe Tauern national park. The national park has mountain peaks of 3.360 meters (Hochalmspitze) and a little bit further the Grossglockner with a height of 3.798 meters. There are still several small glaciers in the national park HoheTauern, most of the time a certainty for powerful waterfalls.
The Groppensteinschlucht has an ascent of approximately 120 meter so all three waterfalls must have a total height of 12o meter but size doesn’t matter always….
Best season to visit the Groppensteinschlucht and all the waterfall is early summer and summertime. The Groppensteinerfall is falling towards the south-southeast and the Zechnerfall is more falling towards the south, maybe southwest. When taking pictures the best time to visit the Groppensteinfall and Zechnerfall is from late in the morning until late noon.