Fussen / Ostallgau District, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany

About Lechfall

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2018-06-25
Date last visited: 2018-06-25

Waterfall Latitude: 47.56188
Waterfall Longitude: 10.69538

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Lechfall was a man-made waterfall spilling over a dam ladder on the Lech River built in the 18th century as a means of flood control. What made this waterfall stand out was the color of the river itself. For all intents and purposes, this was a roadside waterfall viewable from different angles and positions.

From the street parking, we were able to see the falls fronted by a footbridge. We were also able to walk down to that footbridge for an even closer look at the Lechfall with the colorful waters of the Lech River seemingly held up as a lake just upstream of it.

Downstream of the Lechfall was a gorge as the waters of the Lech River would continue its flow towards other energy producing sections as the river has had a long history of being used to support developments whether it be transport in the Middle Ages to the energy production of today.

All told, we spent a leisurely 20 minutes away from the car. Perhaps the trickiest thing about this excursion was backing out of the parking spots where traffic tended to move pretty quickly along the B17 Road (see directions below).

Lechfall_001_06252018 - Street parking along the B17 right in front of Lechfall
Lechfall_005_06252018 - Contextual view of the Lechfall with a bust carving of King Maximilian II of Bavaria
Lechfall_017_06252018 - More centered look at the Lechfall and bridge from the lookouts along the B17
Lechfall_024_06252018 - Looking upstream from Lechfall towards the colorful Lech River behaving more like a reservoir as a result of the flood control measures instituted back in the 18th century
Lechfall_040_06252018 - Looking right down at the dam ladder of the Lechfall from the footbridge right above it
Lechfall_050_06252018 - Looking downstream at the klamm (gorge) beyond the Lechfall
Lechfall_053_06252018 - Looking back at the footbridge yielding the top down view of the Lechfall as well as downstream views of the gorge


Lechfall was right on the outskirts of Füssen heading south along the B17 towards Austria (or Österreich). From the traffic light at the intersection of the B16 and B17 (note going east of this light on the B16 leads to the Ludwig Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau), we headed west on the B17 for about 1.3km until we rounded a bend and started to see parking spots along the street.

For exact directions on getting here from Oberkirch bei Weißee, see the Pöllat Gorge Waterfall post.

For geographical context, Füssen was about 17km (under 30 minutes drive) north of Reutte, Austria, 61km (an hour drive) west of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, about 100km (about 1 hour 15 minutes drive) east of Lindau, 113km (over 90 minutes drive) northwest of Innsbruck, Austria, and 127km (over 90 minutes drive) southwest of Munich.

Video pretty much running through the Lechfall experience

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