Felbertauern Waterfalls

Matrei in Osttirol, Tyrol (Tirol), Austria

About Felbertauern Waterfalls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2018-07-13
Date last visited: 2018-07-16

Waterfall Latitude: 47.11685
Waterfall Longitude: 12.50567

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

The Felbertauern Waterfalls page was kind of a place to put the series of waterfalls that Julie and I noticed from the toll station at the Felbertauern Tunnel. The scenery here was simply too beautiful to ignore. With that said, I made up the name of this page because I honestly don’t know what this place is called nor do I know the names of each of these waterfalls.

So what compelled us to pull the car over and spend some time looking at the scenery before us was that we saw at a minimum four waterfalls all spilling into a valley seemingly surrounded by glacial cirques – each of them with fairly significant waterfalls coming down them.

Couple that with a U-shaped valley at the bottom, which was a classic tell-tale sign of a glacier that was once here, and it surprises me how motorists merely zoom past without even a thought to stopping and enjoying the scenery. Maybe most are Austrian locals perhaps jaded by seeing such beauty on a daily basis and hence taking them for granted? I think only Julie and I were the only ones who stopped and tried to bask in the scenery on the morning of our visit.

Speaking of the pullout, we pulled over at the defunct Gasthaus Höhe Tauern, where there was a huge empty lot at the uppermost hairpin turn (a short distance downhill from the Felbertauerntunnel toll station). From the photos and videos on this page, you can see what we’ve seen in ways that words simply cannot describe…


The place where we took all the photos and videos on this page were from the defunct Gasthaus Höhe Tauern. This sat directly south of the Felbertauerntunnel toll station, which was situated at the south exit of the tunnel.

I’ll describe the driving directions from Zell am See as well as from Lienz. Any other starting location can be routed by apps like Google Maps using the Felbertauerntunnel as one of the destinations.

From Zell am See, we headed south into the B311 tunnel. As we emerged from the southern exit of that tunnel, we then kept right and headed west on the B311 towards Mittersill for about 24km. Then, at the roundabout, we took the third exit to go south on the Felbertauernstraße (B108).

The pullout for the Gasthaus Höhe Tauern was just before the first hairpin turn beyond the toll station roughly 22km south of Mittersill. Overall, this drive would take about 45 minutes.

From Lienz, we’d head north on the B108 Road for 44km to the last hairpin turn at the top of the climb towards the toll station at the Felbertauerntunnel. The pullout would be on the left.

Overall, this drive would take about a half-hour.

For context, Lienz was about 66km (under an hour drive) south of Mittersill, about 92km (over an hour drive) north of Zell am See, 75km (an hour drive) west of Millstatt, and 74km (over an hour drive) east from Brunico (Bruneck), Italy.

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Left to right sweep revealing the beautiful scenery near the toll station at Hohe Tauern Gasthaus briefly focusing on each waterfall seen

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