Tatzelwurm Waterfall

Oberaudorf / Rosenheim District, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany

About Tatzelwurm Waterfall


Hiking Distance: 800m round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2018-06-28
Date last visited: 2018-06-28

Waterfall Latitude: 47.67129
Waterfall Longitude: 12.08265

The Tatzelwurm Waterfall was actually a pair of attractive waterfalls on the Auerbach (despite the singular name).

I’ve stuck with the singular reference to the falls (as opposed to calling it the Tatzelwurm Waterfalls) since that seemed to be what was sticking in the literature.

Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_035_06282018 - The Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall
The Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall

In addition, I’ve also seen this waterfall referred to as the Wasserfall Tatzelwurm as well as the Wasserfälle Tatzelwurm (the latter apparently in agreement with me about pluralizing the falls).

In any case, the pair of waterfalls that I’ve seen in my visit were each said to be about 10m high and they were each fronted by bridges.

There may be more waterfalls further downstream, but I was content to have my fix of the first two that I saw, especially given the heavy rain at the time of my visit.

Experiencing the Tatzelwurm Waterfalls

From the spacious car park (see directions below), I followed a footpath that followed along the Auerbach.

Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_006_06282018 - Following along the trail leading downstream along the Auerbach towards the Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Following along the trail leading downstream along the Auerbach towards the Tatzelwurm Waterfall

The trail went downstream as it descended alongside the first of the Tatzelwurm Waterfalls.

After about 150m from the car park, I found myself on a stone bridge standing right in front of what I called the Upper Tatzelwurm Waterfall.

This waterfall possessed more of a twisting and sloping characteristic.

Continuing on the descent for another 140m or so, the trail made a bend towards the village of Tatzelwurm.

Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_015_06282018 - The Upper Tatzelwurm Waterfall
The Upper Tatzelwurm Waterfall

However, shortly after that bend (before reaching the village), there was a spur trail on the right that descended a series of steps towards a wooden footbridge.

That bridge was right in front of the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall, and it terminated the trail at a dead-end on its far side.

The lower waterfall had more of a plunging characteristic accompanied by a smaller tier fronting it.

In my mind, this was the more attractive of the two main drops of the waterfalls that I saw.

Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_022_06282018 - Looking towards some buildings of the village of Tatzelwurm though the trail to the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall veers to the right before reaching this village
Looking towards some buildings of the village of Tatzelwurm though the trail to the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall veers to the right before reaching this village

Again, given the rain during my visit, I had my fill of this falls then headed back the way I came to avoid any more potential for water damage on the camera.

Overall, I wound up walking about 800m round trip, and I spent about 40 minutes in the rain.

Authorities

The Tatzelwurm Waterfall resides next to the town of Oberaudorf in the state of Bavaria (Bayern), Germany. It may be administered by the Oberaudorf government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website.

Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_007_06282018 - Following this wide footpath downstream along the Auerbach towards the Tatzelwurm Waterfalls
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_008_06282018 - Passing by this rest bench just as the trail was going around a bend and descending to the bridge fronting the Upper Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_009_06282018 - Looking downstream over the lower drops of the Tatzelwurm Waterfall from the bridge fronting the Upper Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_013_06282018 - This was the upper drop of the Tatzelwurm Waterfalls
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_018_06282018 - Continuing to walk downhill along this forested path in pursuit of the lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_023_06282018 - Taking the side path leading down to the bridge fronting the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_024_06282018 - Continuing along the narrow path leading to the bridge fronting the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_025_06282018 - Following the narrower spur trail continuing its descent towards the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_028_06282018 - Approaching the dead-end bridge fronting the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_039_06282018 - Direct look at the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_047_06282018 - Looking downstream at another drop of the Tatzelwurm Waterfall as seen from the wooden footbridge
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_049_06282018 - Some interesting little holes where some of the rock layers appeared to have stacked on top of each other by the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_051_06282018 - Portrait look at the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall and a smaller cascade fronting it
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_054_06282018 - Going back up the steps after having my fill of the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_058_06282018 - Looking back down the valley in the direction of the village of Tatzelwurm
Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_060_06282018 - Another look downstream over the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall from the bridge fronting the Upper Tatzelwurm Waterfall with some buildings way in the distance

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The Tatzelwurm Waterfall was close to the Austrian border not far from Kufstein.

While we went to this waterfall directly from the Josefsthaler Waterfalls (whose directions you can see on that page), I’ll first describe the driving directions from Munich.

I’ll get into the waterfall-to-waterfall driving directions later.

Driving from Munich to the Tatzelwurm Waterfall

From Munich, the quickest route would be to head south on the A8 autobahn for about 57km to the A93 autobahn.

Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_002_06282018 - Looking back towards the entrance as well as the trailhead for the Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Looking back towards the entrance as well as the trailhead for the Tatzelwurm Waterfall

Then, I’d head south on the A93 for another 20km before getting off at the exit 59 near Oberaudorf.

Once off the autobahn, we’d then turn left onto Tiroler Straße and head west through the town of Oberaudorf via Kufsteinerstraße then turning right onto Rosenheimerstraße.

Next, we’d turn left onto the Tatzelwurmstraße, whose turnoff was right after the bridge over the Auerbach Creek.

We’d then continue west on this road (eventually becoming the B307 Road) for about 9km before turning left onto a signed turnoff leading to the Tatzelwurm Waterfall.

Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_064_06282018 - This was the spacious car park for the Tatzelwurm Waterfall and possible other excursions in the area
This was the spacious car park for the Tatzelwurm Waterfall and possible other excursions in the area

We’d then follow the spur road for another 750 before reaching the spacious car park shortly after the bridge over the Auerbach.

This 93km drive would take around 75 minutes without traffic.

Driving from the Josefsthaler Waterfalls to the Tatzelwurm Waterfall

Starting from the Josefsthaler Waterfalls street parking in Josefsthal (see that post for directions to get there), we then drove back along the Josefsthalerstraße to the B307.

After turning right to go east on the B307, we then followed this road for about 23km before turning right onto the signposted turnoff for the Tatzelwurm Waterfall.

Tatzelwurm_Waterfall_001_06282018 - Looking towards the far end of the car park for the Tatzelwurm Waterfall
Looking towards the far end of the car park for the Tatzelwurm Waterfall

This drive took us about 35 minutes.

For context, Munich was 82km (under an hour drive) northwest of Oberaudorf, 90km (about an hour drive) northwest of Kufstein, Austria, about 89km (over an hour drive) north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 133km (over 90 minutes drive) northeast of Füssen, and 144km (over 90 minutes drive) west of Salzburg, Austria.

Semicircular sweep examining the upper tier of the Tatzelwurm Waterfall as well as the downstream view


Semicircular sweep of the lower and more impressive of the Tatzelwurm Waterfalls

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