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Stuibenfall Waterfall

Tirol's biggest waterfall

Scenic "Horlachbach" brook rushes down from Niederthai into the valley from a height of 159 meters. The several meter-high area filled with water crystals can be seen from far. These clouds of water dust particles also gave the name to the "Stuibenfall".

The water particles are said to have refreshing and varied other positive effects on the hikers' health. The positive effect is scientifically proven, especially close to the water dust you are on the ion platform.

Nature Spectacle

A hiking trail and stair construction allows you to experience the "Stuibenfall" at close range. Hikers and mountaineers pass the viewing platforms and the roaring waters via approx. 700 steps and an exposed 80 meter long suspension bridge leading to Niederthai - the origin of the waterfall. What's more, the wonderful Alpine flora in the falls' surroundings is a highlight not to be missed. And with a bit of luck, on sunny days you also have the chance to admire the most colorful rainbows.



The whole story starts some 9800 years ago. The mighty glacier fields of the Ice Age move back, leaving behind a rough mountain valley full of hazards: loose masses of rock, rubbles and rugged mountain flanks. Slowly the permafrost soil begins to thaw, at least two thirds of the mountain peaks are crashing down into the valley. Incredible masses of soil and rock form the "Tauferberg" area by barricading the mountain brook coming down from "Horlachtal" valley. As always, the water finds its own way and all of a sudden the "Stuibenfall" emerge - Tirol's biggest waterfall with a height of 159 meters.


Stopover at the "Stuibenfall" increases pulmonary function

Pre-hospital studies of Salzburg's Paracelsus Private University prove that sportsmen suffering from asthma can improve their pulmonary function if they spend some time in vicinity to the waterfall. One hour daily at the "Stuibenfall", during two or three weeks, helps sport induced asthma sufferers to increase their pulmonary function up to 58 percent.

Stuibenfall Waterfall Umhausen Landscape Panorama

Hiking Paradise

The scenic walk to the bottom of the "Stuibenfall" takes about 0.5 – 1 hr from the car park at Bischoffsplatz. Until there it is perfectly suitable also for prams or baby buggies. Experience the full force of the rushing mountain waters while standing on the two vantage platforms located right next to the falls.

In the middle of the trail there is an exposed 80 meter long suspension bridge. Via approx. 700 steps the hikers reache the highest viewing platform. On your way to the highest platform you cross the falls on a secured suspension bridge, offering uninterrupted panoramic views of the gorge. Admire the breathtaking "Stuibenfall" from a dizzy height high above the ground. A real highlight not to be missed! Right from the federal road to Niederthai (6 km long, rising road) you can easily access the panoramic platform overlooking the Stuibenfall.

Stuibenfall Waterfall Umhausen Hiking Panorama

Climbing Arena

Also for passionate climbing fans the "Stuibenfall" makes a wonderful spot. On the left, right next to the rushing waters, experienced sportsmen find a via ferrata. It is perfectly secured and of intermediate difficulty. The Stuibenfall via ferrata on a length of 450 meters requires surefootedness and a head for heights. Young climbers from 10 years and a minimum height of 140 cm can explore the "Stuibenfall" for themselves on a rope.

Real dare devils cross the falls on almost invisible steel ropes in vicinity to the natural stone bridge. Less experienced climbers should join one of the guided tours with a certified mountain guide. The appropriate climbing equipment is available for rent in Umhausen and Niederthai.

Stuibenfall Waterfall Umhausen Climbing Landscape

Floodlit "Stuibenfall" & Lantern Walking Tour

During summer the "Stuibenfall" is floodlight every Wednesday from 8.00 pm to midnight. From mid-June to early-October you can join guided lantern walking tours towards the floodlit waterfall.

Meeting Point
08:30 pm in front of the Information Office Umhausen or Niederthai

Costs & Booking
Adults € 10.00; Free admission for children under 14 years

Advance booking required via Ötztal Experience Shop or your "digital travel guide" until Wednesday, 4.30 pm!


Flyer Lantern Hike Umhausen

Flyer Lantern Hike Niederthai


Stuibenfall Waterfall Umhausen Night Landscape

Stuiben Breathwork: Breathe in & out at the Stuiben Falls

Being in the here and now: Treat your body and mind to a relaxing break and take the comfy e-shuttle service to Tirol‘s biggest waterfall. During a special breathing technique program, you will soon feel the beneficial effects of meter-high water spray clouds – that also gave the waterfall its mystic name.



  • When: 06.05.2024 - November 2024 (depends on weather)
  • Monday & Wednesday: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Tuesday: 6:30 pm - 87:30 pm
  • Meet at Pavilion Umhausen
  • Advance booking required via Experience Shop oetztal.com/experiences on the day before by 4.00 pm!


Good to know:

  • The activity takes place in all weather
  • Equipment: outdoor clothing, rain jacket
  • Maximum number of participants per tour: 8 people
  • Also suitable for wheelchair users


Flyer Stuiben Breathwork



Regular rate: € 18.00
For Guest Card holders: € 14.40


Register via the Adventure Shop by 4:00 pm the day before