About Tatzelwurm Waterfall
The Tatzelwurm Waterfall was actually a pair of attractive waterfalls on the Auerbach (despite the singular name), but I’ve stuck with the singular reference to the falls since that seemed to be what was sticking in the literature. 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.
From the spacious car park (see directions below), I followed a footpath that followed along the Auerbach 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, which 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. 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 right in front of the Lower Tatzelwurm Waterfall. That bridge was the dead-end of this spur path.
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 waterfall that I saw. 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.
As far as nomenclature goes, I tend to refer to this waterfall in its plural form as the Tatzelwurm Waterfalls despite what the literature tends to prefer. That said, I’ve also seen this referred to as the Wasserfall Tatzelwurm as well as the Wasserfälle Tatzelwurm (the latter apparently in agreement with me about pluralizing the falls).
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.
From Munich, the quickest route would be to head south on the A8 autobahn for about 57km to the A93 autobahn. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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