Stuibenfall: Attraction for hot days

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Eva

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On hot summer days you usually have to get up early to avoid hiking in the hot midday sun. But for all you late-risers, I’ve got the perfect summer walk: a short hike to the Stuibenfall waterfall.

 Overlooking the Stuibenfall

Overlooking the Stuibenfall

 

At 159-metres tall, the Stuibenfall is Tirol’s biggest waterfall and is a great place to hike to on hot days. Located in Obergurgl (Ötztal Valley), it’s less than an hour away by car from Innsbruck and there’s plenty of parking available.

Looking upstream along the Horlachbach River

Looking upstream along the Horlachbach River

 

Passing Ötzi ancient village (worth stopping-off for), a broad footpath leads to your first viewpoint, before a narrow path guides you up to the Stuibenfall. The trail leads through the forest which, depending on the time of day, can be pleasantly shady. The waterfall, however, can always be relied upon to be cool and refreshing – you can feel wafts of air and droplets of water as it plunges. To get as close to the falls as possible, stand on one of the viewing platforms.

Feel refreshed at the edge of the Stuibenfall

Feel refreshed at the edge of the Stuibenfall

 

On arriving at the top, the views of the surrounding mountains and the river below are astounding. This leisurely uphill hike, including stops at the viewing platforms, takes around an hour and a half in total. Just five minutes’ walk away is a traditional Tirol inn, Gasthof Stuibenfall, which is a good place for a rest and a glass of homemade elderberry juice.

View from platform 5

View from platform 5

 

Ambitious climbers can scale the Stuibenfall’s via ferrata route and, if you’re still not cool enough after that, the lake at the bottom of the falls is ideal for swimming.

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