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: 10.57625

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The Zammer Lochputz Waterfall was one of the easier gorge experiences of our Summer trip in 2018.

This trip included other gorges like Höllentalklamm, Raggaschlucht, and Leutaschklamm among others.

Zammer_Lochputz_064_07192018 - The Lötzer Waterfall
The Lötzer Waterfall

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) pretty much involved going on a one-way circular walk.

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.

Zammer_Lochputz_143_07202018 - Tahia exploring the upper part of the Zammer Lochputz Gorge (or Lötzklamm)
Tahia exploring the upper part of the Zammer Lochputz Gorge (or Lötzklamm)

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.

Experiencing Zammer Lochputz – walking to the waterfall

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.

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.

Then, we backtracked and promptly walked along the base of the gorge which skirted around a tall fountain.

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

This fountain was quite possibly powered by the water power being harnessed in the area in one of Tyrol’s oldest such facilities.

Anyways, beyond the fountain, the trail 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.

Experiencing Zammer Lochputz – exploring the upper gorge

Zammer_Lochputz_101_07202018 - Climbing higher along the one-way trail leading into the upper Lötzklamm Gorge
Climbing higher along the one-way trail leading into the upper Lötzklamm Gorge

Next, we backtracked to the trail junction and went up a series of steps and switchbacks.

This 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.

Zammer_Lochputz_138_07202018 - Looking down at the twisting waterfalls eventually leading to the dramatic 30m leap over the Lötzer Waterfall as seen from the upper gorge
Looking down at the twisting waterfalls eventually leading to the dramatic 30m leap over the Lötzer Waterfall as seen from the upper gorge

The rushing stream ultimately made its 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 path 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_146_07202018 - Looking over some attractive cascades towards some kind of infrastructure at the base of vertical cliffs as seen right before entering a long tunnel to leave the upper gorge of Zammer Lochputz
Looking over some attractive cascades towards some kind of infrastructure at the base of vertical cliffs as seen right before entering a long tunnel to leave the upper gorge of Zammer Lochputz

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.

Zammer_Lochputz_169_07202018 - Context of a tower that provided a multimedia show near the exit of the Zammer Lochputz experience
Context of a tower that provided a multimedia show near the exit of the Zammer Lochputz experience

Then, 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.

Finally, when 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.

Authorities

The Zammer Lochputz Waterfall resides near Landeck in the state of Tyrol (Tirol), Austria. It may be administered by the hydro company at Zammer Lochputz. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website.

Zammer_Lochputz_002_07192018 - Looking towards the Inn River from the car park for Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_007_07192018 - Looking towards shaded parking spots beneath the autobahn further beyond the Zammer Lochputz car park, 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 - Another look towards the Inn River from the car park for the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_011_07192018 - Walking along the surface street towards the side road leading up to the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_012_07192018 - Looking across some fountains and artifacts in a small park as seen on the short walk to the entrance to the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_013_07192018 - Approaching the entrance to 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_021_07192018 - After paying for admission and getting our helmets, we were now ready to go through the turnstiles and start our excursion in the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_022_07192018 - Looking upstream over some main-modified stream with some ruins and part of a geyser-like fountain all shown in this photo from near the turnstile entering the Zammer Lochputz
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 into the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_030_07192018 - Context of the man-modified waterfall and geyser-like fountain as the walkway went past these things and deeper into the rest of the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall Walk
Zammer_Lochputz_032_07192018 - Looking across the ruins or some old-looking building next to the man-modified waterfall near the Zammer Lochputz entrance turnstile
Zammer_Lochputz_035_07192018 - Looking down at a pair of man-modified waterfalls beneath the turnstile behind the entrance and museum for Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_037_07192018 - Looking downstream towards a pair of segmented waterfalls near the Zammer Lochputz turnstile
Zammer_Lochputz_053_07192018 - Tahia going ahead past these steps as we first went for the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall before backtracking to go up these steps
Zammer_Lochputz_056_07192018 - Looking up at the bridge above the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall
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 to the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall 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_071_07192018 - Backtracking from the Zammer Lochputz Waterfall with the fountain still going off as we headed to the steps to ascend to the upper gorge
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 bottom after having our fill of the waterfall
Zammer_Lochputz_083_07192018 - We noticed this butterfly while doing the Zammer Lochputz experience
Zammer_Lochputz_087_07192018 - Looking down towards the bottom of the Zammer Lochputz as we were climbing up to the upper gorge
Zammer_Lochputz_088_07192018 - Going up the steps as we made our way up towards the upper gorge of the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_097_07202018 - Julie and Tahia continuing their climb up the steps to get to the upper part of the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_098_07202018 - Looking back in the direction of Landeck past the tower as we approached the upper gorge of Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_109_07202018 - Tahia continuing along the trail leading to the upper part of the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_113_07202018 - Looking over the geyser-like fountain towards Landeck from near the tunnel entrance to the upper part of the Zammer Lochputz gorge
Zammer_Lochputz_119_07202018 - The tunnel leading us into the upper regions of the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_120_07202018 - Looking down at some twisting and hidden waterfalls within the Zammer Lochputz Gorge
Zammer_Lochputz_122_07202018 - Julie and Tahia standing on 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_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_161_07202018 - Another commanding look from the top of the walkway towards Landeck and Zams as well as the Inn River after leaving the tunnel from the upper gorge of the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_165_07202018 - Julie and Tahia descending the rest of the switchbacking walkway towards the exit of the Zammer Lochputz excursion
Zammer_Lochputz_166_07202018 - Looking down at the trail that we had ascended earlier to get up to the upper gorge of the Zammer Lochputz
Zammer_Lochputz_168_07202018 - Continuing on the gently descending trail towards the exit of the Zammer Lochputz excursion
Zammer_Lochputz_172_07202018 - Tahia about to go through the turnstile to leave the Zammer Lochputz excursion
Zammer_Lochputz_173_07202018 - The playground near the Zammer Lochputz exit
Zammer_Lochputz_174_07202018 - Back at the entrance to the Zammer Lochputz and thu ending the short one-way waterfall walk
Zammer_Lochputz_188_07202018 - Closeup look at some butterflies attracted to this colorful flower that we saw at the Zammer Lochputz entrance

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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).

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

Zammer_Lochputz_189_07202018 - When we returned to the car park for Zammer Lochputz after having done our excursion, suddenly it was full of cars
When we returned to the car park for Zammer Lochputz after having done our excursion, suddenly it was full of cars

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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