Near Kirchbichl, and thus beween Wörgl and Kufstein, the Inn briefly becomes a meandering river. The Inn above Wörgl is a relatively straight river, either flowing through narrow canyons without floodplains or taking a relatively straight course where it has a floodplain. Its most noticeable bends upriver, as at Innsbruck, are where it flows around alluvial fans.

        Here, by contrast, the Inn meanders: it makes broad swooping curves so that some stretches of the river are perpendicular to its overall course. Rivers with large floodplains and small gradients often develop meanders like those of the lower Mississippi River. The section of the river shown above is the first place that the Inn becomes a "downstream" river with meanders. In the south-facing image above, almost all of the meanders can be seen, but a small bit near the center of the image is obscured by a topographic bench. The image below is taken from that bench and looks south over the river.


        Of course, the best perspective comes from directly overhead. The view below is a satellite image from Google Earth and shows the meander(s) of the Inn. Bounding the Inn to the north and west is the Autobahn, and to the south and east is the Inntal's east-west rail line. You can see a small channel of the Inn dug to short-cut the meander and to provide water power in the town of Kirchbichl, which is at right-center.


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