Zammer Lochputz Waterfall

Zams Municipality, Tyrol (Tirol), Austria

About Zammer Lochputz Waterfall

Hiking Distance: 600m round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2018-07-20
Date last visited: 2018-07-20

Waterfall Latitude: 47.16174
Waterfall Longitude: 10.57757

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The Zammer Lochputz Waterfall was one of the easier gorge experiences of our Summer trip in 2018, which included other gorges like Höllentalklamm, Raggaschlucht, and Leutaschklamm among others. Indeed, it was such an easy and straightforward experience that even Julie and Tahia did it without difficulty as part of their first klamm or schlucht experience on the trip. I’ve also seen this particular gorge being referred to as the Lötzklamm.

Experiencing the 30m waterfall (which was sometimes referred to as the Lötzer Waterfall as it flowed on the Lötzbach River or Lochbach) pretty much involved going on a one-way circular walk. After paying to get in, we were given mandatory helmets as well as bar-coded tickets, which got us through the turnstile within the gorge itself.

Zammer_Lochputz_025_07192018 - The 40m high fountain in the Zammer Lochputz, which got its power from the Lochbach channeled into hydroelectric generators
The 40m high fountain in the Zammer Lochputz, which got its power from the Lochbach channeled into hydroelectric generators

Once we were past the turnstile, we briefly checked out some ruins and some man-made cascades where it seemed like there was some hydroelectricity generation going on here, but then we backtracked and promptly walked along the base of the gorge which skirted around a tall fountain (possibly powered by the water power being harnessed in the area in one of Tyrol’s oldest such facilities) before it went past a trail junction and dead-ended around a bend right in front of the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall.

Because the viewing area was so close to the falls, it was difficult to get a clean look at it in its entirety. So it didn’t take long to experience what this main waterfall had to offer. So we then backtracked and went up a series of steps and switchbacks, which got us up through a tunnel and towards an upper part of the gorge. Along the ascent, we were treated to some nice panoramas looking in the direction of Landeck.

Up here, we now walked on steel catwalks providing glimpses of twisting waterfalls and cascades snaking their way below us before making their final dramatic plunge over the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall. The trail continued in the upstream direction for a few more paces as we went by a part of the gorge where a couple of formations was supposed to be of a bull and nymph joined above the Lochbach Stream. It looked like part of the formation fell off though undoubtedly as a result of inevitable erosion. The trail then went up a combination of steps and around a bend before reaching some kind of structure flanked by attractive cascades on the Lochbach.

Zammer_Lochputz_143_07202018 - On the catwalk within the Zammer Lochputz revealing hidden waterfalls and even a bull and maiden formation in the depths of the gorge
On the catwalk within the Zammer Lochputz revealing hidden waterfalls and even a bull and maiden formation in the depths of the gorge

Right after this cascade and structure, the trail then continued into a long tunnel. Since the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall Walk was made to be very family friendly, they had triggered yodeling music to try not to spook the little ones when going through this long tunnel.

Once we were outside the tunnel, the trail then switchbacked as it descended back down towards the entrance. Along the way, there were some more views as well as a tower (Lötzturm) where some kind of multimedia show was playing, and there was a playground at the very end of the trail, where a one-way turnstile ensured that once we left, there was no going back in. As we returned the helmets, we checked out the little museum by the entrance where lots of interpretive signs and displays discussed the virtues of hydro power.

Overall, we took our time and spent less than 90 leisurely minutes doing the whole walk and making plenty of photo stops along the way. On a more focused visit, I’m sure this roughly 600m (just a guess since my GPS reception wasn’t very good within the tunnels and the gorge) could take as little as an hour with fewer stops and a slightly faster pace.

Zammer_Lochputz_007_07192018 - Looking towards shaded parking spots beneath the autobahn, but I don't think you can park there for Zammer Lochputz because it was meant for workers manning the power plants here
Zammer_Lochputz_009_07192018 - Looking towards the Inn River from the car park for the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_015_07192018 - Walking up the short road leading to the entrance to the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_018_07192018 - The entrance to the Zammer Lochputz with signage letting us know that we were indeed in the right place
Zammer_Lochputz_029_07192018 - Looking back at the self-help automated turnstile which you'll need to use the barcode on your ticket to get through
Zammer_Lochputz_030_07192018 - Looking over a man-modified waterfall and towards the fountain and walkway to the rest of the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall Walk
Zammer_Lochputz_035_07192018 - Looking down at a pair of man-modified waterfalls beneath the turnstile behind the entrance and museum
Zammer_Lochputz_064_07192018 - This was the main Zammer Lochputz Waterfall with a catwalk situated high above the waterfall's brink
Zammer_Lochputz_070_07192018 - Julie and Tahia at the platform right at the base of the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall
Zammer_Lochputz_065_07192018 - Just to give you an idea of how close the platform was and how awkward the view was, this photo was taken from the far end of the catwalk, and I still couldn't capture the whole 30m falls in one shot as a result of this position
Zammer_Lochputz_076_07192018 - Last look from the bottom of the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall before it was time to make the climb up the steps and continue the self-guided tour
Zammer_Lochputz_082_07192018 - Context of the fountain and the Zammer Lochputz mouth after having our fill of the waterfall
Zammer_Lochputz_097_07202018 - Julie and Tahia climbing up the steps to get to the upper part of the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_101_07202018 - Tahia continuing the hike up to the upper parts of the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_119_07202018 - The tunnel leading us into the upper regions of the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_122_07202018 - This was the catwalk right above the main Zammer Lochputz Waterfall
Zammer_Lochputz_125_07202018 - Looking down at the tall 40m fountain with Zams and Landeck in the background as seen from the catwalk above the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall
Zammer_Lochputz_127_07202018 - Context of the catwalk above the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall
Zammer_Lochputz_138_07202018 - Looking down at some twisting and hidden waterfalls within the Zammer Lochputz Gorge
Zammer_Lochputz_154_07202018 - This was the cascade by some kind of building or contraption just before the last tunnel out of the Zammer Lochputz gorge section
Zammer_Lochputz_157_07202018 - The fairly long tunnel to leave the Zammer Lochputz gorge section with some automated music in there to keep little kids from getting too spooked
Zammer_Lochputz_169_07202018 - Looking past the Lötzturm as we left the last tunnel and started making our way back down to the entrance of Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_174_07202018 - Back at the entrance to the Zammer Lochputz and thu ending the short one-way waterfall walk


We drove to the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall and Gorge from Innsbruck. So that’s how I’m going to describe the driving directions in this section.

Zammer_Lochputz_003_07192018 - This was where we parked the car to do the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall Walk
This was where we parked the car to do the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall Walk

From Innsbruck, we drove west on the A12 autobahn for about 67km towards Landeck. We then took the exit 145 (Zams) where the ramp then took us to an intersection with the B171 Road in Zams. So we turned right at this intersection and followed the B171 (Hauptstraße) for 750m before turning right onto Lötz (leaving the B171 before it crossed the bridge over the Inn River).

We then continued on the Lötz for another 600m before we parked at the small lot just past the turnoff for the Zammer Lochputz.

Overall, this drive took us a little less than an hour.

For geographical context, Innsbruck was about 62km (under an hour drive) east of Imst, 65km (under an hour drive) east of Umhausen, 77km (about an hour drive) east of Landeck, 61km (under an hour drive) west of Zell am Ziller, 40km (over 30 minutes drive) north of Brenner Pass, Italy, and 64km (about an hour drive) southeast from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Sweep covering the main Zammer Lochputz Waterfall while also checking out the fountain further downstream

Video of the elevated catwalks above the main waterfall and revealing other waterfalls further upstream

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