Grawa Waterfall, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer
Grawa Waterfall, © Tirol Werbung/Frank Bauer

Through the Mist of Water: The Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Tirol

Cool in summer, sculptural in winter, wreathed in myths and fringed with plants, there’s something truly magical about Tirol’s waterfalls. Tumbling over cliffs and down steep-sided gorges, they add a delightful extra dimension to walks and hikes.

Being close to a waterfall promises not only refreshing coolness on hot summer days, it also has a proven calming effect. Studies have even shown that it can help alleviate the symptoms of allergies and asthma, which is why a visit to one of Tirol’s many waterfalls is highly recommended. Many are conveniently accessible via hiking trails, walkways and bridges. Some even give the impression of being a gateway to another world. Nine of Tirol’s most beautiful waterfalls are listed here.

3 · For climbers: Schleier Waterfall at Wilden Kaiser

Schleier Waterfall at Wilder Kaiser, © Tirol Werbung/Jens Schwarz

Sport climbers simply call it the „Schleier“ (the veil). Located in Going at the Wilden Kaiser Mountains, the Schleier Waterfall is a popular place of special natural interest, especially for experienced climbers. 60 metre high sheer rock faces flank both sides of the waterfall. They are part of a formation of 150 climbing routes, including some of the most challenging in Europe. Hikers can also access the waterfall, for example, from the free car park at Hüttling/Aschau in around 45 minutes. The route is moderately challenging.

Starting point for hikers: Car park at Hüttling/Aschau, access via 6353 Going am Wilden Kaiser, sub-district of Prama

4 · For seasoned hikers: Sintersbacher Waterfall at Jochberg

Sintersbacher Waterfall at Jochberg, © Kitzbühel Tourismus

This impressive natural spectacle can be admired at an altitude of 1,298 metres: Not far from Jochberg, the Sintersbach River plunges down a drop of 85 metres. A wonderful place, where one can relax and replenish flagging energy levels. Something many walkers may be in need of after this moderately difficult 9 kilometre hike from Jochberg, which encompasses an overall uphill climb of 648 altitude metres. Walkers should plan on taking around 4 hours to complete this hike.

Starting point for hikers: Schradler car park, 6373 Jochberg, an ascent to the Wildalm is recommended.

8 · For bird lovers: The Schleier Waterfall in Zillertal

© Wörgötter & Friends

The circular trail that leads to the Schleier Waterfall in Hart im Zillertal is no ordinary route. It is designed in the form of a bird trail and introduces walkers to over 40 native bird species, ranging from the common blackbird to the “Zilp-Zalp”. With a 91 metre drop, it is also the highest waterfall in the Zillertal Valley. Tables and benches offer a welcome place to rest. This round walk can be completed in around two and a half hours.

The nature trail begins around 300 metres south of the parish church, 6265 Hart im Zillertal.

9 · The Place of Strength: Bad Häring Waterfall

Bad Häring Waterfall, © Lolin

Nestled into the dense forests of Bad Häring, this small waterfall is one of the most beautiful places in Kufsteinerland, with tree-lined gorges and an abundance of tumbling water. The sound of water rushing, gurgling and dripping over stone fills the ears. This is a place of strength, power and energy. A short 30-minute walk takes you a under a green canopy of deciduous trees with the creek rushing beside. The waterfall is a good place to take some quiet time listening to nature and absorbing the wonderful scenery. Plus, it’s wonderful to take off your boots and cool off on a hot summer’s day here. You can return to the trailhead along the fitness trail with Kneipp ablution pool.

Trailhead is the Spa Resort of Bad Häring. Follow the village road to Osterndorf until you reach the fork behind Gasthaus “Bierhäusl” Inn. From there, the trail to the waterfall is signed and waymarked.

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