Grawa Waterfall

Grawa Waterfall

Route: Grawa Waterfall

Area: Austria, Stubai Valley, Tyrol

Date of walk: 9th September 2023

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.2 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Sunny, cloudless and very hot 

Although today’s walk was part of our ‘to do list’, we thought about giving it a miss. The weather had been sunny and hot for several days, and we’d walked along a dry river bank a couple of days ago. We therefore assumed that the waterfalls on this walk would be down to a trickle, as may be the case in late summer when all the snow has melted. Luckily we heard from some fellow walkers that this was not the case

The route which we followed today is part of a longer distance trail ‘Wilde Wasser Weg’, or Wild Water Way. It visits two of the main waterfalls, and the start and end of this linear walk is conveniently on the route of the local bus service

After alighting from the bus near Ranalt we walked a few yards along the road and then turned off to follow an obvious path downhill among the trees. After a few minutes we could hear a loud roaring sound. A couple of viewing platforms provided a good place from which to admire the Reutz Cataract, a series of fast flowing rapids which tumble over the rocks in a narrow gorge

We continued along the path (it’s easy going all the way), and passed by Tschangelair Alm where refreshments are available. We didn’t stop and after crossing the road we joined a path leading through woodland. We were now on the shady side of the valley and this provided some relief from the relentless heat. Eventually we arrived at the highlight of the walk, the mighty Grawa Waterfall, which is the widest in the eastern Alps. Despite the recent dry weather, the sight of sparkling water crashing down the rockface was spectacular

The end of the walk is just beyond the waterfall, as is Grawa Alm, a restaurant with a superb view of the falls. Although the walk ends here, there was more enjoyment to come as we decided to take the bus further up the valley to the foot of. From here we took the cable car to ‘The Top of the Tyrol’ , where a viewing platform at 10,500 feet offers incredible views of a huge array of peaks in all directions. I’ve included a few photos at the end

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