The Krimml Waterfalls (German: Krimmler Wasserfälle), with a total height of 380 metres (1,247 feet), are the highest waterfall in Austria. The falls are on the Krimmler Ache river and are located near the village of Krimml in the Hoch Tauern National Park in Salzburg state. Krimml Waterfalls is a tiered waterfall. The waterfall begins at the top of the Krimmler Ache valley, and plunges downward in three stages. The upper stage has a drop of 140 metres, the middle of 100 metres, and the lowest a drop of 140 metres. The highest point of the waterfall is 1,470 meters above the sea level. The Krimmler Ache is a glacial stream. After the falls, the river joins the Salzach, which flows to the Inn, then into the River Danube and finally to the Black Sea.
With our magic Sommercard provided by Gastehaus Stotter we got free parking on P4 lot (well, we did not actually because did not read the manual coming with the card carefully and randomly parked at the lot which seemed close enough, but technically we could use P4, and you can if you have the card), and a combined ticket including the pass to the hiking trail and admission to Worlds of Water. We assumed that Worlds of Water mostly provides some educational experience and entertainment for kids, and were way more interested in spending time on the hiking trail.
The trail is very well maintained, shady and consists of two parts: not very steep lower part which leads to nice resting area with souvenir shop and Alpine-style Gasthof Schönangerl restaurant.
Once you've made it to the resting area and the restaurant, we suggest to continue to the upper part of the trail first (if you plan to do it all off course) because it's more steep, and then to stop by Gasthof Schönangerl on your way back; it will be much more rewarding.
Both parts of the hiking trail have plenty of viewpoints where people take pictures and enjoy the breathtaking power of water. If the weather cooperates and the Sun is behind your back, you probably will see a lot of rainbows.
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