Felbertauern Waterfalls

Matrei in Osttirol, Tyrol (Tirol), Austria

About Felbertauern Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2018-07-13
Date last visited: 2018-07-16

Waterfall Latitude: 47.11685
Waterfall Longitude: 12.50567

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The Felbertauern Waterfalls page was kind of a place to put the series of waterfalls that Julie and I noticed from the toll station at the Felbertauern Tunnel.

The scenery here was simply too beautiful to ignore.

Hohe_Tauern_025_07152018 - The waterfall-laced scenery around the Gschlosstal Valley at the Felbertauern Tunnel
The waterfall-laced scenery around the Gschlosstal Valley at the Felbertauern Tunnel

With that said, I made up the name of this page because I honestly don’t know what this place is called nor do I know the names of each of these waterfalls.

So what compelled us to pull the car over and spend some time looking at the scenery before us was that we saw at a minimum four waterfalls all spilling into a valley seemingly surrounded by glacial cirques.

Each of these cirques seemed to have fairly significant waterfalls coming down them.

Couple that with a U-shaped valley at the bottom, which was a classic tell-tale sign of a glacier that was once here, and it surprises me how motorists merely zoom past without even a thought to stopping and enjoying the scenery.

Hohe_Tauern_065_07152018 - Looking back across the valley towards what I believe to be the Loebbenbach Waterfall within the Gschlosstal Valley
Looking back across the valley towards what I believe to be the Loebbenbach Waterfall within the Gschlosstal Valley

Maybe most are Austrian locals perhaps jaded by seeing such beauty on a daily basis and hence taking them for granted?

I think only Julie and I were the only ones who stopped and tried to bask in the scenery on the morning of our visit.

Speaking of the pullout, we pulled over at the defunct Gasthaus Höhe Tauern, where there was a huge empty lot at the uppermost hairpin turn (a short distance downhill from the Felbertauerntunnel toll station).

From the photos and videos on this page, you can see what we’ve seen in ways that words simply cannot describe…

Authorities

The Felbertauern Waterfalls reside in the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern near the town of Matrei in Osttirol in the state of Tyrol (Tirol), Austria. It may be administered by Felbertauernstrasse AG. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website or the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern website.

Hohe_Tauern_003_jx_07132018 - Driving towards the southern entrance of the 5km Felbertauerntunnel with some interesting waterfalls in the background (that might be the Tauernbachfall)
Hohe_Tauern_006_jx_07132018 - Looking up at what could be the Sildbachfall or Seebachfall
Hohe_Tauern_013_jx_07162018 - On a separate day, we drove back to the Felbertauerntunnel, but this time we were coming in from the north on a day with a clearing storm
Hohe_Tauern_018_jx_07162018 - Entering a shelter while driving towards the northern entrance of the Felbertauerntunnel
Hohe_Tauern_024_jx_07162018 - This was the northern entrance to the 5km Felbertauerntunnel
Hohe_Tauern_030_jx_07162018 - This was the toll station (maut) at the southern exit of the Felberntauerntunnel
Hohe_Tauern_007_07152018 - This was one of the waterfalls we saw coming down into the Felbertauern area. I believe this waterfall was on the Löbbenbach Creek so it could very well be the Löbbenbachfälle
Hohe_Tauern_012_07152018 - Looking down into the road descending towards the Gschlosstal Valley as seen from the Gasthaus Hohe Tauern pullout
Hohe_Tauern_030_07152018 - Looking towards what I think might be the Schildbachfall right from the hairpin turn with the Gasthaus Hohe Tauern
Hohe_Tauern_033_07152018 - Looking into the beautiful Gschlosstal Valley from the Gasthaus Höhe Tauern
Hohe_Tauern_042_07152018 - Another look at the Löbbenbachfälle when the morning sun started to penetrate the upper reaches of this hanging valley
Hohe_Tauern_043_07152018 - This was a waterfall coming out of a small glacial cirque, which I believe is coming down a creek called the Dichtenbach so this could be the Dichtenbachfall or Dichtenbachfälle if it's plural. It's either that or it could be Tauernbachfall
Hohe_Tauern_044_07152018 - Zoomed out contextual look at the Dichtenbachfall to show its context against the mountainous backdrop with another small cascade above it
Hohe_Tauern_046_07152018 - This waterfall was on what I believe to be the creek Schildbach so this could very well be the Schildbachfall
Hohe_Tauern_049_07152018 - Contextual view of the Löbbenbachfälle with some buildings at the foot of the Gschlosstal Valley down below
Hohe_Tauern_056_07152018 - Another look at the beautiful valley of the Felbertauern (which I think is called Gschlosstal Valley since the main stream through it was the Gschlossbach) now that the morning sun was penetrating a good chunk of it
Hohe_Tauern_067_07152018 - Zoomed in look at the bottom of the Löbbenbachfälle from within the Gschlosstal Valley
Hohe_Tauern_068_07152018 - Looking towards the foot of the Felbertauern Valley (or should it be called Gschlosstal Valley) from the end of the road that we took into this valley
Hohe_Tauern_073_07152018 - Looking towards the foot of the Gschlosstal Valley from the car park within the valley
Hohe_Tauern_076_07152018 - Looking back at the Felbertauern Valley as we were about to leave and continue driving south
Hohe_Tauern_080_07152018 - Another look at a shack fronting the Tauernbachfall or Dichtenbachfall from within the Gschlosstal Valley
Hohe_Tauern_086_07152018 - Driving the side road within the Gschlosstal Valley as we were about to leave
Hohe_Tauern_041_jx_07162018 - As we were continuing our drive south on the B108, Julie managed to snap a few photos of the lower parts of the Schildbachfall while I was driving
Hohe_Tauern_046_jx_07162018 - Approaching the town of Matrei in Osttirol well south of the Felbertauerntunnel

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The place where we took all the photos and videos on this page were from the defunct Gasthaus Höhe Tauern.

This sat directly south of the Felbertauerntunnel toll station, which was situated at the south exit of the tunnel.

I’ll describe the driving directions from Zell am See as well as from Lienz.

Hohe_Tauern_031_07152018 - Looking down towards the road descending towards the foot of the Gschlosstal Valley from the defunct Gasthaus Hohe Tauern
Looking down towards the road descending towards the foot of the Gschlosstal Valley from the defunct Gasthaus Hohe Tauern

Any other starting location can be routed by apps like Google Maps using the Felbertauerntunnel as one of the destinations.

From Zell am See, we headed south into the B311 tunnel.

As we emerged from the southern exit of that tunnel, we then kept right and headed west on the B311 towards Mittersill for about 24km.

Then, at the roundabout, we took the third exit to go south on the Felbertauernstraße (B108).

Hohe_Tauern_072_07152018 - Car park within the Gschlosstal Valley, which I think would be a gateway for longer hikes in the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
Car park within the Gschlosstal Valley, which I think would be a gateway for longer hikes in the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

The pullout for the Gasthaus Höhe Tauern was just before the first hairpin turn beyond the toll station roughly 22km south of Mittersill.

Overall, this drive would take about 45 minutes.

From Lienz, we’d head north on the B108 Road for 44km to the last hairpin turn at the top of the climb towards the toll station at the Felbertauerntunnel.

The pullout would be on the left.

Hohe_Tauern_008_jx_07132018 - Context of the tunnel station at the south end of the Felbertauern Tunnel with Dichtenbachfall or Tauernbachfall in the distance
Context of the tunnel station at the south end of the Felbertauern Tunnel with Dichtenbachfall or Tauernbachfall in the distance

Overall, this drive would take about a half-hour.

For context, Lienz was about 66km (under an hour drive) south of Mittersill, about 92km (over an hour drive) north of Zell am See, 75km (an hour drive) west of Millstatt, and 74km (over an hour drive) east from Brunico (Bruneck), Italy.

Left to right sweep revealing the beautiful scenery near the toll station at Hohe Tauern Gasthaus briefly focusing on each waterfall seen

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