It was August in Austria but it was only 3ºC when we got up at 2,600 m in Grossglockner Alpine Road. We had a plan for that morning: to drive towards the Salzach Valley and then to the West to find the largest waterfalls in Europe, the Krimml waterfalls. They are found at the entrance of the valley in the Hohe Tauern National Park and they are one of the most breathtaking destinations in the entire alpine region.
There is a 4 km trail with many vantage points and platforms to have the best views and perspectives of the waterfalls. This trail is steepy at some points as it climbs the mountain parallel to the waterfalls. The lowest waterfall can be reached in just 10 – 15 minuts from the car park and in our opinion it is the best place of the trail. You can feel the drops in your face and the strong wind:
This is also a dangerous place, it is slippery and you can fall. Watch the video to realize about such a spectacular but also dangerous site. It is also a place to take as many photos and videos as you can. It is a unique place in Europe!
“The principle of all things is water,
as water is everything and to water everything returns”
Thales von Milet, 624 – 546
The trail, built in 1900 and constantly groomed and maintained is a perfect familiy plan for a spring or summer day. The entire waterfall drop is 380 m and it is one of Austria’s top 10 most visited attractions.
These waterfalls are considered good for the immune system and for people suffering from allergies. Scientific research has proven what local doctors already knew about the healing powers 200 years ago. It is due to high concentration of negative ions and circulating air.
We didn’t reach the top of the waterfalls. We had other plans for the afternoon and we wanted to reach Innsbruck before the night. However, if you plan a full day in Krimml waterfalls you must know that you have a nice restaurant at the top of the trail. A good spot to enjoy lunch.