The Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval gets its name from the U-shape of the cliffs which resemble a horseshoe (fer à cheval in French). Due to the impressive height of these cliffs (2,000 metres), there is a multitude of waterfalls, the number of which varies depending on the season. It is very easy to access this area.
It is very similar to the Cirque de Gavarnie in the Pyrenees and is the most visited and most well-known site of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. It is located at the far eastern point of the Giffre Valley and is a huge amphitheatre of steep limestone cliffs stretching for 4 to 5 km and reaching heights of 500 to 700 m. It is the biggest mountain ‘Cirque’ of the Alps. It is overlooked by the Corne du Chamois peak. It is supported by the jagged cliffs of the Tenneverge (2,985 m). In June, there are over thirty waterfalls cascading down the cliff faces.