One of the top trails in the region of Villach - easy hiking trail to three magnificent "Finsterbach" waterfalls.
Distance 2.4 km
Highest point698 m
Lowest point518 m
This hike takes you into the Finsterbach canyon past three waterfalls, all over 20 meters high.
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!
Update: May 05, 2022
Schleierfall, 698 m
Tourismusinformation Sattendorf, 518 m
Best time of year
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
In spite of the annual infrastructural and organizational measures, appropriate equipment (see equipment recommendation) and an open eye for objective dangers must be observed.
Sattendorf Elementary School (Volksschule) (517 m)
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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.
all notes on protected areas
Take a ÖBB train and exit at the station Sattendorf. Follow the way uphill to the elementary school / police station Sattendorf .
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.
There is public parking at the elementary school, opposite the police station.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
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Trekking shoes with treaded soles, backpack, rainwear, hiking sticks, drinks, maps, first aid, mobile phone