The Finsterbach Waterfall Hike

Hiking Trail · Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
427 m
Descent
427 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights
A beautiful hike that passes all of the picturesque Finsterbach waterfalls.  
The waterfall hike takes you into the Finsterbach canyon past three waterfalls, all over 20 meters tall.  

Author’s recommendation

The waterfalls are ideal to visit after a period of  abundant  rain.  You must be extra cautious about slipping in these conditions, however the waterfalls will be at their absolute best.  You may also be lucky enough to find a few salamanders and see several rainbows surrounding the waterfalls!
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Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Altitude
784 m
520 m
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Equipment

Leisure clothes, slip-resistant shoes, drinking water

Tips, hints and links

 

Region Villach Tourism

 

+43 4242 42000

 

www.region-villach.at/en

 

Start

Sattendorf Tourist Information Center (521 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.663301, 13.915104
UTM
33T 417003 5168320

Destination

Sattendorf Tourist Information Center

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike begins at the Sattendorf Tourist Information Center.  From here you cross the main road and follow Dorfstrasse until you reach “Wasserfallweg,” where you turn to the north and begin a light ascent to the Finsterbach mines.  Here you will find the first waterfall.  After snapping a few photos, you begin a curvier section of the hike by following the stream on the left side.  You will reach the second waterfall in only a few minutes! In order to get to the third waterfall you have to get back to the main path. You hike upwards on the main path until you reach a fork, where you follow the signs to “3. Wasserfall.”  This takes you into the Finsterbach gorge, where you will subsequently cross a series of small bridges over the creek and reach the foot of the waterfall.  After enjoying the biggest waterfall of the hike, you follow the signs to path number 2.  This path will be a light descent to the northwest, and you must stay on the path through two more forks.  Eventually you will begin walking on a newly-built forest road.  After another ascent you will reach a picturesque rest area where you can take a break.  After lingering for a while, you take the path back to the first fork in the road after the third waterfall.  From there you follow path number 34 back to Sattendorf- with plenty of signs leading you in the right direction.  

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You take the ÖBB train until the Sattendorf train station.  You can reach the Sattendorf city center by foot in a few minutes, where you begin the hike at the elementary school/police station.      

Getting there

From villach you take the Ossiacher See highway (B94) until Sattendorf, where you turn left onto Dorfstrasse.  You stay on Dorfstrasse until reaching the Sattendorf elementary school (Volksschule), which will be on your left side.

 

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

Parking

There is public parking at the elementary school, across from the police station.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Updated: 2019-04-08

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