Sensor: Groppensteinschlucht gorge

The recently set up gorge route is an adventure for all the senses. Along the route your awareness is raised for the gorge and for your “5 senses”. Wild romantic landslide scenarios, stunning waterfalls, including the Groppenstein and Zechnerfall, and kolks will amaze you.

From Obervellach main square the hike proceeds along the Roman road to Raufen and the entrance to Groppensteinschlucht, which is a brook gorge, partly gorge-like with eroded rocks and model-like colk and two waterfalls, the Groppenstein and Zechnerfall.

After a short section of the route you get to an impressive section of the brook which has smaller waterfalls and impressive kolks. The path (partly secured) then proceeds through a ravine forest, dominated by spruce, heading up the mountain to the big Groppenstein waterfall, which plummets 30 m above a hard rocky level. The gorge then narrows and proceeds along rock faces to the start of the recently created steps. There is also an emergency exit area here out of the gorge, should you need it (signpost).

A new set of steps then starts here which is almost exclusively over an artistic footbridge. The footbridge proceeds high above the bottom of the valley and you get to it after about 300 m from the Zechnerfall. There is a viewing platform here from where you get to enjoy a wonderful view to the Zechnerwasserfall.

After heading out of the gorge a forest trail proceeds to information boards, from where you can get to Gasthaus Himmelbauer in about an hour.

A footpath with way markers also goes past Burg Groppenstein, back to the starting point of the gorge.

Opening hours & prices



Sensor: Groppensteinschlucht gorge

  • 08.05. – 30.05.: daily from 10 am – 4 pm
    31.05. – 12.09.: daily from 10 am – 4 pm
    13.09. – 11.10.: daily from 10 am – 4 pm
    12.10. – 31.10.: open – accessible at your own risk (no fee and no controll)


€ 7,– per adult
€ 4,– per child (6-15 years)
Groups from 15 persons € 6,– per adult and € 2,– per child

With the National Park Kärnten Card & Kärnten Card the entrance is free!


With the National Park Kärnten Card & Kärnten Card the entrance is free.


Raufen 3 | 9821 Obervellach
Tel.: +43-4782-32122


Wintersaison leider beendet
Winter season closed

ab 14.03.2020

Werte Partner und Gäste,
aus gegebenem Anlass beenden wir die Wintersaison schneller als geplant.

Heiligenblut am Großglockner steht seit Samstag, 14. März 2020 unter Quarantäne.
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Alle weiteren Skigebiete schließen am Sonntag, 15. März, die Beherbergungsbetriebe am Montag, 16. März.

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Dear guests and partners!
Due to the occasion the winter season 2019/2020 finishs earlier than planned.
Heiligenblut has been standing since Saturday 14. March 2020 in quarantine.
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All other lifts will close with Sunday, 15. March 2020 and the accommodation establishments with Monday, 16. March 2020.

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