The Dorfer Valley near Kals am Grossglockner is well-known for its Daba Gorge at the valley entrance, and Lake Dorfer at its end
Image gallery: Lake Dorfer
In the village of Burg in Kals am Grossglockner, a beautiful approx. 3-hour hike to the Dorfer Valley and the Daba Gorge starts. The wild gorge with its roaring water and the viewing platforms is well-known. The hike proceeds further to the Kalser Tauernhaus Hut at 1,755 m a.s.l., and from there to a mountain lake of the same name as the valley: Lake Dorfer, or Dorfersee in German.
This natural treasure is located at 1,935 m a.s.l. in a rocky terrain, which is full of alpine roses in early summer. Lake Dorfer was formed after a huge rockfall and is now part of the High Tauern National Park with its impressive alpine world which is reflected in the lake.
For some time now, the entire Dorfer Valley is part of the national park - the project to build a vast impounding reservoir in this gorgeous valley was rejected. After the hike it is a real boon to cool down the tired feet in its clear waters... a Kneipp treatment basically. But we don't recommend to take a bath, not even on a hot summer day, due to the cold water temperature at this altitude.
Altitude: 1,935 m a.s.l.
Length: 500 m
Width: 200 m
Water sports: no