There is no better place to learn about the incredible power of nature than at Stuibenfall Waterfall in Ötztal Valley. Stuibenfall is Tirol’s tallest waterfall and can be explored along a new complex of trails and viewing platforms. Those who want to get really close can climb next to the water on a special via ferrata fixed-rope climbing route.
View the rushing waters of Horlachbach Creek cascading 159 meters over cliffs, weather-scarred rocks and moss-covered boulders in a foaming, spewing onrush of unrestrained energy. Thousands of years ago, submerged rock jammed into Horlachbach Creek near Umhausen forcing the water to find another way down and producing the rugged terrain ideal for waterfalls. Simply put ... all water seeks its way down with the assistance of gravity and thus one of Tirol’s most impressive – and tallest – natural attractions was born. A network of trails and platforms has recently been installed to enable visitors to get closer to the action than ever before. It comprises 700 steps, a suspension footbridge that spans 80 meters and several viewing platforms at different heights. Stuibenfall Waterfall can be accessed from both above and below. Bischoffsplatz car park just off the main road leading towards Umhausen is located at the foot of the waterfall and takes visitors – including those with strollers and pushchairs – to the waterfall in around 30 to 60 minutes. Visitors who want to start at the top and work their way down can do so from the Sennhof car park in Niederthai and follow the wide trail along the banks of the Horlachbach stream towards the Gasthof Stuibenfall and on to the waterfall itself. There is also a family-friendly 450-meter long via ferrata fixed-rope climbing route next to the water (rated easy to intermediate) culminating in a rope bridge across the top of the waterfall. If you’re looking for that extra special experience, visit the waterfall on a Wednesday night – this is when the raging waters are lit until midnight, all year round.