Water’s journey begins. After the eternal ice on the glacier and firn snow fields in the Hohe Tauern are melted by the sun, and the mountain lakes become full, the water forges a path into the valley. In so doing it overcomes many a steep ridge and edges in the terrain, with a breath-taking speed, becoming thundering waterfalls that are worth visiting at any time of year.
There are 26 significant waterfalls …
… in the Hohe Tauern National Park region. And there are lots of smaller, less significant ones to discover too. The WILD WATER exerts a mysterious magnetic power on people. We like to feel the energy with which the water forges a path through the rock. To say nothing of the calming effect of a waterfall. Then there are the health aspects of the microscopically small water droplets and their healthy effect on our respiratory tract.
Gössnitzfall – the power of water
Direct in Heiligenblut, situated on the shaded side, a 100m high rock face towers. This cliff face through a narrow groove is intertwined with a legend – a giant is said to have beaten his way through it with a big axe. The truth is that the Gößnitzbach forged a path through the indentation, falling with all its power down a 70 metre waterfall into the valley. An impressive natural spectacle which is especially fantastic to witness from the viewing platform and from the educational nature trail.
The Jungfernsprung – the power of myth
“A maiden fleeing from the devil …” When a story starts like this, it can only be good. At any rate, the feeling maiden reached a precipice and jumped, OF COURSE not to her death, rather, she was carried by angels and survived, while the devil looked on from the wash. Today at that point the water masses of Zopenitzenbach crash down 130 metres into the valley, creating the breath-taking “Jungfernsprung”. A water wonder path – fantastic views included.
At the Gartl waterfall – enjoy a healthy deep breath
The Gartl waterfall in Großkirchheim is not as high or as impressive by far than its well-known neighbour in Heiligenblut, yet it is a visitor magnet. The reason for this is its health-promoting effect. The special microclimate of finely atomised, electrically charged water droplets has a positive effect on stress and the burn-out symptoms. By a third visit close to the Gartl waterfall subjective well-being is increased. Give it a go!
Gößfälle – Contemplation on the water
In contrast to the Fallbach, the Gössfälle it is not all about height, rather it is about pure, scenic beauty. The Gößfälle flows in quite a number of cascades from the Gößgraben into Maltatal, creating a breath-takingly beautiful, experience-packed realm. The natural arena was set up as part of the exhibition “Kärnten wasser.reich” in the form of a water contemplation path and is barrier-free, making it easily accessible to people who have disabilities. The suspension bridge across the Gößklamm is a spectacular highlight.
Conclusion: our TOP 5 waterfalls:
• Gößnitzfall educational nature trail: easy hike; walking time around 2 hours
• Water Wonder Trail Jungfernsprung: easy to negotiate, ca. 1 ½ hours
• Gartl waterfall: easy hike, less strenuous, ca. 1 hour
• Fallbach water games & experience park: walking time ca. 20 mins, refreshment stop Gasthof Faller
• Gößfälle water contemplation trail: moderately strenuous, walking time ca. 1 ½ hours