Cascata Tervela

Santa Cristina Valgardena, Bolzano - Alto Adige (Bozen - Sudtirol) Province, Italy

About Cascata Tervela


Hiking Distance: 800m to 1.5km round trip
Suggested Time: 30-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2018-07-17
Date last visited: 2018-07-17

Waterfall Latitude: 46.55566
Waterfall Longitude: 11.71899

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The Cascata Tervela (or Cascata di Tervela as well as Cascate a Santa Cristina) was kind of an obscure waterfall by the town of Santa Cristina di Val Gardena.

With hardly any signage informing visitors of its name nor where to park for a closer look, it almost seemed like this was a waterfall that was taken for granted.

Cascata_di_Tervela_036_07162018 - Cascata Tervela
Cascata Tervela

That said, lots of people would have at least seen or noticed this waterfall because you’d see it if you were driving east towards Val Gardena past the turnoff for Santa Cristina just before entering the tunnel!

Experiencing the Cascata Tervela up close

As for experiencing the Cascata Tervela Waterfall, I managed to do so by finding parking near the Monte Pana Cable Car Station (see directions below).

Because I had an early start, I didn’t have trouble finding parking here.

However, given how few spaces there were, I could easily envision that parking would be hard to come by later in the day.

Cascata_di_Tervela_013_07162018 - Looking back at the switchback or hairpin turn on the narrow road where I deviated onto a driveway or trail leading me closer to the Cascata Tervela
Looking back at the switchback or hairpin turn on the narrow road where I deviated onto a driveway or trail leading me closer to the Cascata Tervela

In any case, once I scored a parking spot, I then walked downhill on the street past the Monte Pana cable car station on the left.

Then, I crossed over a bridge above the Grodner Stream as I reached an intersection.

I then followed the road uphill to my right as it climbed up towards a switchback.

At that switchback, I left the road and followed what looked like someone’s driveway leading up to an accommodation.

Cascata_di_Tervela_039_07162018 - Looking across parts of Santa Cristina di Val Val Gardena from the base of the Cascata Tervela
Looking across parts of Santa Cristina di Val Val Gardena from the base of the Cascata Tervela

After passing beneath the accommodation, the trail continued as it hugged a ledge providing views back towards Santa Cristina and the surrounding Dolomite mountains.

Shortly after rounding a bend, I was face-to-face with the main drop of the Cascata Tervela, which probably dropped some 30m or so.

The hiking trail continued to climb eventually towards Monte Pana, but I was content to get my views from the base of this waterfall, especially by the bridge fronting it.

Looking downstream from the bridge and the trail, I couldn’t help but notice that there was a lower drop that couldn’t be seen from up here.

Cascata_di_Tervela_068_07162018 - This was the attractive Cascata Tervela in Santa Cristina di Val Gardena with an interesting climbing statue hanging onto the neighboring cliff
This was the attractive Cascata Tervela in Santa Cristina di Val Gardena with an interesting climbing statue hanging onto the neighboring cliff

However, it would have been quite visible by people driving east on the SS242 Road down below.

After having my fill of this spot, I walked back to the car.

The total time it took for me to do this short walk was on the order of 15-30 minutes.

Experiencing the entirety of the Cascata Tervela

While it was tempting to call the Cascata Tervela Waterfall excursion done at this point, I did want to see what drivers would see.

Cascata_di_Tervela_114_07162018 - Looking back down Via Paul Street as I made my way up to an informal spot to get a nice look at the Cascata Tervela with Monte Pana along with the road tunnel for SS242
Looking back down Via Paul Street as I made my way up to an informal spot to get a nice look at the Cascata Tervela with Monte Pana along with the road tunnel for SS242

So in order to do that, I walked past my rental car and towards the roundabout at Via Dursan.

Then, I followed this street west towards the uphill street called Via Paul.

It was along this narrow street that I manged to get a nice satisfying view of Cascata Tervela together with Monte Pana.

In addition, the view of Cascata Tervela from here also revealed its lower drop, which tumbled next to the road tunnel.

Cascata_di_Tervela_103_07162018 - Full context of Monte Pana together with Cascate Tervela and the SS242 entering the road tunnel
Full context of Monte Pana together with Cascate Tervela and the SS242 entering the road tunnel

This lower drop might actually mean the waterfall’s total height might be on the order of about 50m or so.

Indeed, this was the spot where I took the picture you see above as well as in the hero image at the very top of this page.

Adding this extra bit of walking probably added another 15-30 minutes to the overall excursion.

Authorities

Cascata Tervela resides near the town of Santa Cristina di Val Gardena in the Bolzano-Alto-Adige Province of Italy. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit the Val Gardena Tourism Board website.

Cascata_di_Tervela_004_07162018 - Looking towards some homes neighboring the Monte Pana Cable Car Station in Santa Cristina di Val Gardena
Cascata_di_Tervela_007_07162018 - After passing by the Monte Pana Cable Car Station and crossing the bridge over the Groden Stream, I then started walking up this road towards the hairpin turn up ahead
Cascata_di_Tervela_014_07162018 - Walking up this driveway towards an accommodation fronting the Cascata Tervela Trail
Cascata_di_Tervela_015_07162018 - Looking towards the SS242 Road from the trail leading to Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_017_07162018 - Walking through what appeared to be an accommodation or private residence that actually concealed the trail to the Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_021_07162018 - Right behind the accommodation, the trail continued onwards to the Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_022_07162018 - The trail about to round a bend where the Cascata Tervela was just around the corner
Cascata_di_Tervela_024_07162018 - My first look at the upper drop of the Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_030_07162018 - Looking back towards Santa Cristina from the trail leading to the base of the upper drop of Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_040_07162018 - Beyond the Cascata Tervela bridge, the trail appeared to keep going though I didn't explore much further than the waterfall itself
Cascata_di_Tervela_047_07162018 - Looking downstream from the base of the main drop of Cascata Tervela towards the western end of Santa Cristina
Cascata_di_Tervela_049_07162018 - Context of the trail passing before the Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_050_07162018 - Looking back towards Santa Cristina from the other side of the ravine harboring Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_055_07162018 - Looking up at the upper drop of the Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_058_07162018 - Another look at the upper drop of the Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_062_07162018 - Angled and off-centered look back up at the upper drop of the Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_065_07162018 - Looking back towards the Cascata Tervela with a climber statue hanging onto a rock wall above the trail
Cascata_di_Tervela_072_07162018 - Heading back down towards Santa Cristina after having my fill of Cascata Tervela
Cascata_di_Tervela_082_07162018 - The roundabout at the western end of the main drag of Santa Cristina as I pursued a more wholesome view of the Cascata Tervela on the Via Paul Street
Cascata_di_Tervela_090_07162018 - Looking towards Monte Pana and Cascata Tervela from Via Paul
Cascata_di_Tervela_098_07162018 - Another contextual look at Monte Pana with Cascata Tervela from Via Paul
Cascata_di_Tervela_099_07162018 - Comprehensive look at the entirety of the Cascata Tervela tumbling above and behind the SS242 road tunnel near the turnoff for Santa Cristina
Cascata_di_Tervela_119_07162018 - Looking along the main drag through the town of Santa Cristina di Val Gardena as I walked back towards the roundabout and then to my parked car on Strada Pana
Cascata_di_Tervela_120_07162018 - Looking way up towards Monte Pana, which still had some morning clouds clinging to it

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The Cascata Tervela was pretty much right in the town of Santa Cristina di Val Gardena.

Since we stayed at the neighboring Selva di Val Gardena, I’ll describe the driving directions from there.

For driving directions from places further away, I’d use Google Maps or any routing app and use Santa Cristina Valgardena as one of the destinations.

So from the center of Selva di Val Gardena (Wolkenstein), I headed west on the SS242 for nearly 4km before turning right onto Strada Gardena.

Cascata_di_Tervela_001_07162018 - Looking back in the other direction at one of the few parkin spaces along the Strada Pana near the Monte Pana Cable Car Station in Santa Cristina di Val Gardena
Looking back in the other direction at one of the few parkin spaces along the Strada Pana near the Monte Pana Cable Car Station in Santa Cristina di Val Gardena

This turnoff was shortly after the second tunnel on the SS242.

Once on the Strada Gardena, which became Strada Dursan, I then took the first exit at the roundabout to go onto the Strada Pana.

This was the street where I managed to find a parking space early in the morning.

Overall, this drive took me a mere 10 minutes.

Cascata_di_Tervela_003_07162018 - This was the street (Strada Pana) where I managed to find parking near the Monte Pana Cable Car Station
This was the street (Strada Pana) where I managed to find parking near the Monte Pana Cable Car Station

That said, it might have been possible to take the roundabout between the tunnels to get to the Strada Pana from the east side of the roundabout.

That way would have passed through the town center of Santa Cristina, and it might have more opportunities for parking.

If you’re coming from the west, you could take the Strada Gardena / Strada Dursan before entering the tunnel on the SS242.

Even if you miss this turnoff and go through the tunnel, I think you can still take the roundabout after the tunnel and backtrack as I mentioned earlier.

For context, Selva di Val Gardena (Wolkenstein) was about 20km (about an hour drive) west of Corvara in Badia, about 22km (over an hour drive) north of Canazei, 43km (over an hour drive) east of Bolzano (Bozen), and 72km (over 90 minutes drive) southwest from Brunico (Bruneck), Italy.

Sweep covering the front of Cascata di Tervela while also checking out the downstream scenery towards St Cristina


Video covering the Cascata di Tervela experience from its base

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