Myrafaelle

Muggendorf, Lower Austria (Niederosterreich), Austria

About Myrafaelle


Hiking Distance: 1.2km round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2018-07-10
Date last visited: 2018-07-10

Waterfall Latitude: 47.91675
Waterfall Longitude: 15.9358

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Myrafaelle (or more accurately Myrafälle or Myrafalle; literally the Myra Falls or Myra Waterfalls) was a series of cascades and small waterfalls on the Myrabach with a total drop of maybe 70m.

While the waterfalls themselves didn’t have the kind of scenic allure that most of the other waterfalls we had seen in Austria possessed, it did have a historical pedigree.

Myrafalle_065_07092018 - One of many cascading waterfalls belonging to the Myrafälle
One of many cascading waterfalls belonging to the Myrafälle

More specifically, the Empress Maria Theresia (of Naples and Sicily) and Emperor Franz II with their family made a visit back in September 1801.

Given that this was the closest waterfall to the great city of Vienna (or Wien) that we visited during our big Summer trip in 2018, it didn’t come as a surprise that this was a pretty popular place.

I’d bet that being a place where the Habsburg royalty had visited also aided in this place’s popularity.

There was certainly a family theme going on here because there was a very fun playground that our seven-year-old daughter really enjoyed.

Myrafalle_245_07102018 - Tahia really enjoying this pull raft in the playground beneath the car park for the Myrafälle
Tahia really enjoying this pull raft in the playground beneath the car park for the Myrafälle

She especially enjoyed the little raft that you had to use a rope to pull yourself across as well as a pretty tall slide.

The walking trail that was completed by the Austrian Tourist Club and opened to the public since 1885 further made things easier for the family to enjoy to this day.

Experiencing Myrafälle

We managed to do this hike early in the morning as we beat the rush.

With the early start, we scored one of the spots closest to the Myrafälle kiosk though one could have easily done a slightly longer hike from the neighboring town of Muggendorf.

Myrafalle_021_07092018 - The cute carousel at the entrance area for the Myrafälle
The cute carousel at the entrance area for the Myrafälle

In any case, after a short descent past the playground, we then crossed a bridge over the Myrabach, where there was a cute water-powered carousel right in the middle of the creek.

Beyond the bridge, we paid 11.5 euros as a family to procure tickets to use the automated turnstiles to get into the well-built trail.

From there, we followed the mostly wooden walkway with steps as it zig-zagged several times across the Myrabach before the cascades of the Myrafälle.

There wasn’t a particular waterfall that seemed to feature as the main drop though there were a few attractive sections worth pausing for.

Myrafalle_086_07092018 - One of the attractive sections of Myrafälle tumbling alongside the well-built trail allowing us to take it all in
One of the attractive sections of Myrafälle tumbling alongside the well-built trail allowing us to take it all in

Indeed, with this excursion, it seemed like it was more about the ambience of being around falling water in natural settings more so than being a photogenic waterfall.

Perhaps that was the perfect kind of escape that Maria Theresia and Franz II needed to contrast all the political happenings in and around Vienna.

In any case, I managed to go as far as the very top of the cascade series.

The trail continued onwards further upstream towards the Hausstein Massif as well as eventually further upstream to the Steinwandklamm Gorge quite a ways further.

Myrafalle_137_07092018 - Context of the trail climbing across and alongside the uppermost tiers of the cascading Myrafälle
Context of the trail climbing across and alongside the uppermost tiers of the cascading Myrafälle

However, the top of the falls was pretty much my turnaround point as I rejoined Julie and Tahia at the playground back by the nearest car park.

That was where they spent quite a bit of time while I was doing some further exploration of the trails here.

Even though we spent nearly two hours total here away from the car while taking it easy, a good chunk of that time was spent at the playground.

Add to that, some additional time that I spent exploring the waterfalls themselves, and I’d bet that in terms of time commitment of a typical visit, it might take no more than an hour to really experience the Myrafaelle.

Myrafalle_168_07092018 - This bridge and cascade was my turnaround point of my Myrafälle experience
This bridge and cascade was my turnaround point of my Myrafälle experience

According to my GPS logs, we only walked roughly 1.2km round trip.

Authorities

Myrafälle resides near the town of Muggendorf of the district of Wiener Neustadt in the state of Lower Austria (Neiderösterreich). It may be administered by the Muggendorf government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website.

Myrafalle_005_07092018 - Checking out the playground area right beneath the car park for Myrafälle
Myrafalle_017_07092018 - Looking downstream from the entrance area towards a small reservoir that the Myrabach spilled into
Myrafalle_026_07092018 - Julie and Tahia making it past the turnstile into the Myrafälle trail
Myrafalle_029_07092018 - Looking back downstream towards the entrance area at the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_037_07092018 - Looking further upstream towards some cascades on the Myrabach that we noticed shortly after getting through the turnstiles
Myrafalle_045_07092018 - The well-built trail went up alongside the Myrabach as it made its tumble as part of the Myrafälle series of cascades and waterfalls
Myrafalle_047_07092018 - The Myrafälle Trail went over these wooden walkways as it made frequent crossings and ascents around the Myrabach
Myrafalle_049_07092018 - The Myrafälle Trail going up and over one of the cascades comprising the Myrafälle itself
Myrafalle_056_07092018 - Looking upstream from one of the bridges across the Myrabach towards one of the small cascades comprising the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_057_07092018 - tahia going across another one of the footbridges going around this large rock on the Myrabach
Myrafalle_058_07092018 - Looking up at some kind of engraving attached to a large slab of rock along the trail for the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_060_07092018 - Tahia on the easy walk along the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_061_07092018 - Context of the large slab of rock and the engraving with the boardwalk over the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_078_07092018 - Context of the well-built trail criss-crossing the Myrabach around the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_091_07092018 - Looking up at another one of the cascading waterfalls of the Myrafälle with an interestingly built-up bridge above it
Myrafalle_096_07092018 - Another contextual look at the well-built trail criss-crossing the Myrabach around the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_099_07092018 - Looking directly upstream on the Myrabach towards one of the uppermost tiers of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_110_07092018 - This was one of the taller parts of the Myrafaelle
Myrafalle_117_07092018 - Context of the ascent alongside more of the intermediate and upper tiers of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_119_07092018 - The Myrafaelle Trail continued its ascent past more waterfalls and cascades as I was nearing the top
Myrafalle_122_07092018 - A trio of segments on the Myrabach as I continued to climb higher alongside the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_123_07092018 - More uphill climbing to get up towards and beyond the uppermost of the Myrafaelle
Myrafalle_126_07092018 - Another one of the upper cascades on the Myrabach in context with part of the walkway
Myrafalle_130_07092018 - Above the top of the main drops of the Myrafälle, I noticed this protected relic off the trail
Myrafalle_132_07092018 - Continuing to climb higher above the uppermost drops of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_139_07092018 - Another look at one of the attractive parts of the uppermost tiers of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_145_07092018 - Looking directly at a converging pair of segments of the Myrabach near the uppermost part of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_149_07092018 - Long exposed look at the converging pair of segments of the uppermost part of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_156_07092018 - Looking towards some kind of resting area upstream of the main part of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_164_07092018 - Above the Myrafaelle, the trail flattened out as it continued further upstream alongside the Myrabach and just about converged with a road that went up that way as well
Myrafalle_170_07092018 - Looking up at the cascades upstream from the main part of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_175_07092018 - Returning back down the trail as it paralleled an upper road not far upstream of the main part of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_176_07092018 - Walking back along the trail as I was about to descend amongst the Myrafaelle again
Myrafalle_178_07092018 - At the top of the Myrafaelle, a spur trail actually joined up with the L4008 Road
Myrafalle_187_07092018 - Making it back to the kiosk and turnstiles for the Myrafaelle after having my fill of the main part of the waterfalls
Myrafalle_195_07102018 - Looking back downstream towards the reservoir at the mouth of the Myrafälle complex
Myrafalle_202_07102018 - Looking towards the playground that Julie and Tahia were chilling out at while I was busy exploring more of the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_210_07102018 - Context of Tahia enjoying the pull raft at the playground at the Myrafälle
Myrafalle_222_07102018 - While chilling out and letting Tahia play in the playground at Myrafaelle for a bit, I noticed this nice reflective scene back towards the kiosk and the Hausstein Massif up at the topleft
Myrafalle_241_07102018 - Julie and Tahia having fun with the raft in the Myrafaelle playground

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We drove to the Myrafälle from Vienna so that’s how we’re going to describe the driving directions.

First, after navigating the city streets to leave the city center, we then followed the busy 227 Road before getting onto the A23 autobahn heading south then eventually on the A2.

After staying on the autobahn for about 46km at the exit 38, which got us onto the B21 heading west.

Myrafalle_003_07092018 - The closest car park to the Myrafälle
The closest car park to the Myrafälle

If you reach Wiener Neustadt, then you went too far south.

After about 19km on the B21, we then turned right onto Muggendorfer Straße in the town of Pernitz.

Then, we followed the signs on the Muggendorfer Straße for another 2.3km before turning left onto the Hauptstraße (again following the signs leading to the falls).

After 400m, we found parking in the nearest lot right at a sharp turn on the right side of the road.

Myrafalle_247_07102018 - The nearest car park for the Myrafaelle
The nearest car park for the Myrafaelle

If this nearest lot was full, there was spillover parking closer to the turnoff from the L4008 by Hauptstraße.

Overall, this drive took us a little over an hour.

For geographical context, Vienna was about 64km (about 45 minutes drive) north of Wiener Neustadt, 200km (2 hours drive) north of Graz, 295km (nearly 3 hours drive) east of Salzburg, 79km (about an hour drive) west of Bratislava, Slovakia, 243km (2.5 hours drive) west of Budapest, Hungary, and 333km (about 3.5 hours drive) southeast of Prague, Czech Republic.

Video starting with the attractive converging section of Myraefalle before descending to a lower bridge with a different perspective of the waterfalls


Video covering the lower cascades of Myrafaelle


Long video covering the lowermost of the waterfalls of the Myraefalle

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