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Waterfalls pulsate, impart energy, liberate. They energise when you feel jaded and restricted. In the spray and in the thundering falls you feel water’s vital power. The atomized, ionised drops of water are what create this effect, say scientists. From their studies they have come to the conclusion that there is a proven health effect from waterfalls on stress and burn-out. Even a three-day, one-hour session at a waterfall significantly improves psychological stress parameters and increases subjective well-being.

Waterfall at Oberhaus

The waterfall and the Schwarzach – two attractive water features – are accessible from the car park at Alpengasthaus Oberhaus, which in the future is set to become even more impressive and will provide more of an experience, since the Hohe Tauern National Park is planning to build a viewing tower here.

Waterfall at Oberhaus

Stallebach waterfall path

Walking via the ‘Water Theme Trail’ in St. Jakob i. Def. to Stadtner Mühle, in a short space of time you come to an impressive viewing platform that ‘hovers’ above the waterfall. The power of the water and the spray of the cool mountain stream leave lasting impressions. Alternatively, you can drive to Maria Hilf and park at the pilgrimage church, from where it takes around 20 minutes to hike to the viewing platform and on to the snack station on the Alpe Stalle.

Stallebach waterfall path

Zotten waterfall

This lovely waterfall forges a path near Zotten, part of the district of St. Veit (next to the Landesstraße), from the shaded side of the mountains into the valley. From the high located St. Veit town centre you are looking right at waterfall. Those who want to get a bit closer should bear left of the Landesstaße into the town of Zotten, before the ‘Maria Heimsuchung’ chapel and proceed left, across the Schwarzachn. From here, after a short walk, you get to experience the spray from the thundering masses of water.

Zotten waterfall

Glaurit waterfall

From Bloshütte, which is accessible on foot via Zwenewaldtal or via the lodge taxi, the route initially proceeds to the impressive Glaurit waterfall, continuing from there to the tranquil Geigensee, which gets its name from its shape which is similar to a violin (Geige = violin). With the Großglockner in the background, it is probably one of the loveliest hiking destinations in the region.

Glauritwasserfall, Geigensee


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