(Zechnerfall, Groppenstein schlucht)

The Groppensteinerfall and Zechnerfall are waterfalls in the Groppensteinschlucht in the Hohentauern national park near a town called Obervellach in the region Kärnten, Austria.

From Overvellach it is a short driver over road 106 to Raufen where the entrance to the gorge is. Along the road there is a small sign “Groppensteinschlucht”. Here you can park your car (near gps 46.940147, 13.185217).

groppensteinerfall-ZechnerfallYou have to pay admission €4/€7 per person. From the entrance it takes 1,5 hour walking up along teh river on manmade paths. You first pass the Zechnerfall (after appr. 55 minutes) and at the end the Groppensteinerfall. From the end you can walk back via another road, back to the parking.

The Groppensteinerfall, and also the Zechnerfall, are 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 Hohe Tauern, most of the time a certainty for powerful waterfalls.

The Groppensteinerfall is about 50 meters high and is a series of cascades. The Zechnerfall is approximately 10-15 meters high.

Best season to visit the Groppensteinerfall and Zechnerfall 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 Groppensteinerfall and Zechnerfall is from late in the morning until late noon.

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About Groppensteinerfall

CountryWaterfalls in Austria
Best visitEarly summer-summer

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