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Water Walk Stuibenfall

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Waalweg Arzwinkel - Stuibenfall - Umhauser Höhenweg - Steppsteig
9.2 km
3:30 h
607 m
610 m
Experience the mighty Stuibenfall close by. Thanks to the new trail route and the recently built suspension bridge you can almost touch the huge watermasses: a unique nature adventure for all ages is guaranteed. User
oetztal kunden
Updated: May 13, 2019

Highest point
1547 m
Lowest point
1078 m

Rest Stop

Badesee Umhausen
Waldcafe Stuböbele

Safety information


Keine besonderen Schwierigkeiten

Tips, hints and links

  • A scientific study on the health benefits of Stuibenfall showed an 58% improvement in lung function in athletes with asthma.
  • Spending one hour in the spray zone of the waterfall for a period of two to three weeks improved lung function more than cortisone spray.


Water, the element which has shaped the Ötztal valley.

The glaciers are melted by the sunshine, releasing fresh water which feeds into the meadows and the Ötztaler Ache river which winds its way along the 65 km long valley. The Ötztaler Ache catchment area extends over 893 km² with an elevation from 700 to 3,774 m. This glacial meltwater fills the reservoir used by the local population and provides a supply of drinking water.

Glaciers store ¾ of the world’s freshwater reserves and therefore represent the biggest natural waterstorage in the world.

In the year 1770, the advancing ice dammed many of the big lakes here which triggered catastrophic flooding across the entire Ötztal and Inntal regions when they burst their banks. Natural hazards and disaster made people want to know more about and better understand nature, which also facilitated glacier research. The many facets of water in the Ötztal is not just of interest for scientists. The Ötztal glaciers are recreational destinations for locals and guests alike as these ice worlds offer great hiking and skiing in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. Crystal clear river waters swollen by icy glacier meltwater make for superb rafting, white water canoeing and other action-packed activities.


More details about hiking In Ötztal: 


Umhausen (1086 m)
47.131158, 10.930690
32T 646420 5221547



Turn-by-turn directions

This scenic loop trail is leading you right to a stress-free world of unspoilt nature! The route takes you along Arzwinkel Waalweg with its gently burbling waters, and along Steppsteig Trail with its great views of Umhausen. The highlight of this wonderful hike is Stuibenfall, Tirol’s highest waterfall. During the initial section of this waterwalk, you will discover the Arzwinkel irrigation channel as you walk along an educational nature trail. Further along the way you can catch glimpses of the Horlachbach river - also known as Stuibenfall- cascading down the steepmountain slopes. The observation platformat the foot of the waterfall allows visitors to get a close up of the falls. Continue to the following platforms towards the newly built suspension bridge. Here you get in close contact with the water as you conquer the last altitude meters directly at the waterfalls' edge. On top you cross the falls to reach the highest platform where you can see the mighty masses of water cascading down to the little lake below. After a short rest stop the scenery changes completely. A marvelous trail continues through a lush mountain pasture and takes you through peaceful and serene surroundings. To get back to the trailhead take the Umhausen high elevation trail and continue on Steppsteigtrail where several benches invite you to sit down, unwind and enjoy the view.


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Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at:


Getting there

Umhausen is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at



The following parking facilities are available in Umhausen:
  • Umhausen Parking Mure - free of charge
  • Umhausen Bischoffsplatz - payable from 07:00 to 18:30 hour
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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  • Water Walk Brand/Burgstein - Längenfeld
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9.2 km
607 m
610 m
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