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A Hike to the Finsterbach Waterfalls

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  • Wanderung in Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See: Wanderung zu den Finsterbach Wasserfällen
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One of the top trails in the region of Villach - easy hiking trail to three magnificent "Finsterbach" waterfalls.
moderate
Distance 2.4 km
1:00 h
185 m
185 m
This hike takes you into the Finsterbach canyon past three waterfalls, all over 20 meters high.  

Author’s recommendation

The waterfalls are ideally visited on the first day after a heavy rainfall.  Despite the paths being more slippery, the waterfalls are at their absolute best on these days.  

 

After rainfall you also may catch a glimpse of salamanders!

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Author
Marc Horbal
Update: August 25, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Highest point
Schleierfall, 698 m
Lowest point
Tourismusinformation Sattendorf, 518 m
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Safety information

Gorge and gorges are - despite the possible proximity to municipal road networks - to the alpine areas and mountaineering with corresponding alpine dangers. These dangers include:
  • self-initiated or externally triggered rockfalls and dangers common in the forest, especially after severe weather events (heavy rain, wind and snow break, branch shedding, etc.) despite annual controls
  • danger of falling off the signposted paths or improper use of the infrastructure (bridges)
  • danger of slipping in wet conditions and icing
  • through fog

In spite of the annual infrastructural and organizational measures, appropriate equipment (see equipment recommendation) and an open eye for objective dangers must be observed.

Please stay on the signposted path!

Parents are responsible for their children!

Tips and hints

 Region Villach Tourism

 +43 4242 42000

 www.visitvillach.at/en

 

Start

Sattendorf Elementary School (Volksschule) (517 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.663501, 13.915966
DMS
46°39'48.6"N 13°54'57.5"E
UTM
33T 417069 5168342
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Destination

Finsterbach Waterfalls

Turn-by-turn directions

From the elementary school you walk to the former "Gasthof zum Wasserfall."  From here you follow the "Wasserfallweg" (waterfall path) north, slightly upwards until you reach the beginning of the Finsterbach canyon.  After a few minutes you will quickly see the first waterfall .  After taking a few photos, hike up along the left side of the stream around a few curves.  After a few minutes you will already be at the second waterfall.  The path to the third waterfall begins back on the main path, which you follow up until hitting a fork in the road, where you follow the signs to "3. Wasserfall."  This path leads you into the Finsterbach gorge.  After a little bit you cross a few small bridges over a stream and arrive at the third waterfall, the biggest of the three.  

Follow the same route to get back to the starting point.  

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take a ÖBB train and exit at the station Sattendorf. Follow the way uphill to the elementary school / police station Sattendorf .

Getting there

From villach you take the Ossiacher See highway (B94) until you reach Sattendorf, where you turn left into Dorfstrasse. Follow the Dorfstrasse until you reach the Sattendorf elementary school (Volksschule), which is on your left side.

Coming from Feldkirchen/Steindorf, you take the Ossiacher See highway (B94) until Sattendorf, where you take a right into Dorfstrasse.  Follow the Dorfstrasse until you reach the Sattendorf elementary school (Volksschule), which will be on your left side.

Parking

There is public parking at the elementary school, opposite the police station.

Coordinates

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46.663501, 13.915966
DMS
46°39'48.6"N 13°54'57.5"E
UTM
33T 417069 5168342
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Nr. 062 - Ossiacher See-Feldkirchen in Kärnten (M1:25000)

Equipment

Trekking shoes with treaded soles, backpack, rainwear, hiking sticks, drinks, maps, first aid, mobile phone

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Rating

4.3
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Georg Nestlinger 
September 03, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 03, 2020
Anika Birkholz
July 31, 2019 · Community
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3. Wasserfall
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Rainer Heß
July 03, 2019 · Community
When did you do this route? July 02, 2019
Photo: Rainer Heß, Community

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3. Wasserfall

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
2.4 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
185 m
Descent
185 m
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