Krimml Things to Do

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    Krimml Water Falls

    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    Free Falling Falls
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    The Krimml Water Falls are described as "The Wonderful World of Water" I would rename it "A great place to catch a rainbow" especially on a sunny day. We saw so many rainbows appear at the different look off points and magically over the river too. Krimml water fall holds Austria's only Conservation Diploma awarded in 1967 - the award has been repeated every five years. A steep but well maintained path with safe view points allows all abilities to access the falls. The weather was so hot the day we visited the fall the estimated time of reaching the restaurant in 20 minutes was greatly increased while we stayed a while enjoying the spray from the cool waters, watching the rainbows appear and enjoying our time here. To view the whole of the falls you have to be at the visitors centre (see photo 2) here you can see the whole 380 meters as they cascade their way down towards the river. I enjoyed being high up with the wonderful sights and sounds of natures marvelous water up close and personal. The falls are open from 1st. May through to 31st. October from 9.30 till 17.00 price is 1.80 euros for adults and 50 euro cent for children.

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    The Distant Valley & the Wild Flowers

    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    The Valley Below
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    While we were up at the middle falls look offs we saw many wild flowers some growing in what would seem solid rock all watered by the cool spray coming off the falls. I was surprised to see the thistles - they had smooth leaves with no stings unlike the kind I find back home. The tiny bluebells (I don't think that would be there name here!) were enchanting with their deep blue hues. After looking at the tiny beauties we took a long look at the bigger picture - you really do get the best views from on high - the little village of Krimml with its Church as the centre piece. The tree clad valley - the surrounding mountains and the river rushing far below. A magical totally clean and green vista stretched out before us - a truely picture postcard view can await you here too.

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    Europe's highest waterfalls ! The lower waterfall

    by jojes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Krimml - the lower fall
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    The Krimmler falls are the highest waterfalls in Europe and absolutely worth a visit. I can even advise to take a detour especially for this visit !

    The Krimmler falls exist out of 3 consecutive waterfalls. Getting a view at the 3 of them together is only possible when you get up the mountains in front of them or when you drive over the Gerlosstrasse. Also from WasserWunderWelt you have a view of the 3 parts of the falls.

    In 1967 the Krimmler falls have been awarded by the Council of Europe with the "diploma for nature protection".

    The parking lots at the falls will all charge something for parking your car there. Mostly they offer you a voucher for a free piece/discounted of cake & coffee in on of the hotels & restaurants at the main road.
    The only parking lot that is free of charge is the one the closest to the WasserWunderWelt, but on busy days it will be full very early. On the above link, it's marked as P4. To use this parking, drive a passed the entrance of WWW when coming from Krimml, you'll find the entrance to the parking on your right right behind WWW. When coming over the Gerlosstrasse, it's the first parking to the left, just above of WWW. Update: as of 2013 this parking lot became paying too. You get a ticket upon entering, which has to be paid for at a ticketing machine when leaving, amount depending on the time spent.
    From there the walk to the starting point of the Wasserfallweg scenic route takes about 10 minutes.

    The water from the Krimmler Ache takes a dive of about 380 metres in 3 falls. This makes it the 5th highest waterfall in the world. The only falls worldwide that are higher than Krimml are: Angel falls (Venezuela 1.100 m), Yosemite falls (USA 740 m), Sutherland falls (New Zealand 580 m) and Mardalfossen (Norway 505 m).

    The lower (= unterer) waterfall tumbles in 2 steps a total of 140 metres in the Krimmler bassin.
    You can easily reach the lower fall. From the entrance to the scenic path (Wasserfallweg), you can walk at an almost flat asphalted road to the lower fall.
    Just keep in mind that you have a lot of waterdust here that can make you thoroughly wet in a short time. So also keep in mind that taking pictures or making videos can sometimes be quite difficult, depending on the wind. Make sure you have some kind of rainprotection for yourself and your electronics (a plastic bag with a small hole for the lense can do wonders for your camera!).

    You can get quite close to the plateau at the lower falls (see pic. 4) by taking the path you can see in picture 5. It looks more difficult than it is. Just keep in mind that there is a lot (and I really mean a lót) of waterdust spraying there (see my video on the Krimml page). This means that the rocks can be slippery and you will get wet ... not "can get wet" but "will definately get wet" :-).

    The next tips contain more information about the middle and the upper falls.

    Entrance fee (2013)
    Adults: 3,00 €
    Children (6 – 15 y.): 1,00 €

    While walking up the path on a sunny day, you'll most likely see an abundance of rainbows along the way ... (see my video).

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    Europe's highest waterfalls ! The top waterfall

    by jojes Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    The top fall as seen from the Gerlosstrasse
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    The top (= oberer) waterfall is with its 145 metres the highest one of the 3 falls.

    When you follow the scenic path behind Gasthof Schönangerl, you are at the bottom of the top fall.
    When you want to reach "the top of the top", you have to walk the last part of the Wasserfallweg, which is quite steep at this last part. It's steep, but not in a way that if gets dangerous or very difficult.
    Once you get up there, you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view on the waterfalls and the town of Krimml way down below !
    When you continue the way from the top of the falls, you'll reach the beautiful Krimml Achen valley.

    On the way from Schönangerl to the top all the way up, you'll pass again some view-spots : Staubige Reib (1330 m high), Bergerblick (1390 m). At Schettkanzel (1460 m) you are at the top and you won't regret it !!!

    When you want to skip part of the path, you can take a taxi to Gasthof Schönangerl. That way you just have to walk the last (steepest) part of the Wasserfallweg.

    Most of the picuters we have from the top of the falls and in the valley aren't digitalized yet, so I'll add them later !

    More info on the lower fall and the middle fall in my other tips.

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    Krimml Waterfalls

    by victorwkf Written Jun 22, 2007

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    Me at Krimml Waterfalls, Austria
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    The Krimml Waterfalls are the highest in Austria (380 metres high) and Austria's only natural monument that has a European diploma (the Conservation Diploma awarded in 1967). The waterfalls are divided into the lower falls, middle falls and upper falls, with well marked and paved trails going all the way up (it is quite steep at some parts). Along the way, there are benches for people to take a rest and admire the scenery, as well as several lookout points. Going all the way up will take about 4-5 hours (I only reached the middle falls due to time constraint, and the fact that I am on my honeymoon and not a hiking trip). The main lookout points are as follows:

    Riemann Kanzel (1110m)
    Regen Kanzel (1150m)
    Sendtner Kanzel (1170m)
    Jung Kanzel (1215m)
    Jagasprung (1220m)
    Bergersteig (1245m)
    Schonangerl (1306m)
    Bergerblick (1420m)
    Schetkanzel (1460m)

    More photos of the Krimml Waterfalls are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    From Zell Am See to Krimml Waterfalls

    by victorwkf Written Jun 22, 2007

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    Scenery on the way to Krimml Waterfalls, Austria
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    From the town of Zell Am See, you can take an air-conditioned OBB Postbus number 670 to Krimml Waterfalls (see my transportation tip). During the 1.5 hours journey, you will be travelling in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains, farmland and several towns such as Kaprun (you can see from a distance, Mittersill, Uttendorf, Hollersbach etc. As you approach the town of Krimml and the waterfalls, the valley will become narrower. More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    Europe's highest waterfalls ! The middle waterfall

    by jojes Updated Aug 1, 2013

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    Gasthof Sch��nangerl + part of lower & middle falls
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    The middle (= mittlerer) waterfall takes a 100 metres dive from Schönangerlboden.

    When walking up the scenic path, which is quite well asphalted but sometimes a little steep, you first pass by Riemann Kanzel (1100 m high), Regen Kanzel (1150 m), Sendtner Kanzel (1170 m), Jung Kanzel (1215 m), Jagasprung (1220 m) and Bergersteig (1245 m).
    At most of these places it is easier to take pictures compared to at the foot of the lower fall, due to less wind and thus less waterdust.

    At Gasthof Schönangerl ... congratulations ... you are at the top of the second fall !!!

    It is possible to "cheat" a bit and take a taxi to Gasthof Schönangerl. They dop you off right at the restaurant, from where you can either walk to the top of the upper fall, or walk down to the Kürsingerplatz at the lower fall. These Nationalparktaxi's are available at the parking places next to the main road in Krimml. One of them is the taxiservice provided by the Krimmler Tauernhaus : www.krimmler-tauernhaus.at / krimmler-tauernhaus@aon.at

    More info on the lower fall and the upper fall in my other tips.

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    Other attractions near to Krimml Waterfalls

    by victorwkf Written Jun 23, 2007

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    Town of Zell Am See, Austria
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    While visiting Krimml Waterfalls, you may want to consider visiting the other attractions near to it, especially the follows:

    - Town of Zell Am See (beautiful town next to a lake and surrounded by mountains, popular during winter for skiing and summer for hiking and scenery. Please visit my VT Zell Am See page for more information and photos).

    - Grossglockner Road (this is one of the most scenery roads in Europe, passing through the Austrian Alps which consist of the highest mountains in Austria. This includes the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria. More information and photos are at my VY Grossglockner page).

    - Kitzsteinhorn (this is one of the highest mountain in Austria andis permanently snow capped so you can so skiing there even in summer. The town of Kaprun and the dammed lake at the foot of this mountain are also worth a visit. More information are at http://www.kitzsteinhorn.at

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    Entrance Fees

    by victorwkf Written Jun 22, 2007

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    You need to pay an entrance fee of 1.80 euros per adult and 0.5 euros per children (between 6-15 years old) at the entrance of the Krimml Waterfalls. The counter staff are friendly and can communicate in English.

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    Hohe Tauren National Park

    by victorwkf Written Jun 22, 2007

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    Krimml Waterfalls, Austria
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    The Krimml Waterfalls are situated within the Hohe Tauren National Park of Austria, which also include the Grossglockner Road (see my VT Grossglockner page). The area around Krimml Waterfalls became park of this National Park in 1983 and this is a good move in order to preserve the beauty of this magnificent waterfalls and it's surrondings.

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    Information at Krimml Waterfalls

    by victorwkf Written Jun 22, 2007

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    Information kiosk at Krimml Waterfalls, Austria
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    It is very easy to move around Krimml Waterfalls as the trails are well paved and marked. There is an information kiosk (see photo) just next to the entrance ticket booth as well as many good signages to direct you to your destination. Brochures can be obtained from the information kiosk. Also, there are some big information panels (see photo) near to the Hanke sourvenir shops at the entrance which give good information about the waterfalls, surrounding areas as well as the wildlife found here.

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    Water mist and plants

    by victorwkf Written Jun 23, 2007

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    Water mist created by Krimml Waterfalls, Austria
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    When you are at Krimml Waterfalls, you will notice that there are lots of water mist (i.e. droplets) blowing from the waterfall depending on the wind direction. Due to this, there is an area next to the waterfall which is constantly sprayed with water and this has allowed the growth of simple plants such as mosses and lichens which otherwise would not have survived without a moist environment.

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    Krimml Wonder World of Water

    by victorwkf Written Jun 23, 2007

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    Krimml Wonder World of Water, Austria
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    This is a theme park along the road near to the entrance of Krimml Waterfalls (opposite the OBB postbus stop). It consists of a House of Water (where kids can enjoy games, experiments, art with water etc), Aqua-Park (open air park) and multivision cinema showing the importance of water. I did not go to this theme park but you can consider going there, especially if you are bringing your kids along :)

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    Krimmler Falls

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 12, 2006

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    Krimmler Falls
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    The spectacular Krimmler Falls are the highest in the Austrian Alps. They fall from total height of 380m and crash their way over three stunning cascades with the most impressive at 140m high.

    The Krimmler River is a tributary of the Salzach River and is located in the beautiful Hohe Tauern National Park.

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    Souvenir Shops

    by victorwkf Written Jun 22, 2007

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    Sourvenir shops at Krimml Waterfalls, Austria
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    There are several souvenir shops including Hanke at the entrance area to the waterfalls. It is worth checking out the wide varieties of souvenirs because those with the Krimml Waterfalls markings cannot be found elsewhere in Austria. Also, I think the prices are quite reasonable compared to elsewhere in Austria which I have visited.

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