Stand at the foot of the highest waterfalls in Europe, breathe in the drizzle and feel it all over your body and see this incredible natural spectacle with your own eyes – this wish came true for us at the end of September! Because as part of our holiday guru team week in the beautiful Salzburger Land, we paid a visit to the breathtaking Krimml waterfalls.
In order to get some distance from the stressful everyday life in the city, we set off for the Salzburger Land with the entire holiday guru team at the end of September. In the midst of one of the most beautiful natural backdrops in Austria, we did our work first and were able to experience a lot after work. One of our highlights was the visit to the Krimml Waterfalls . Here you can find out why you should definitely experience this natural spectacle up close!
The Krimml Waterfalls are located in the municipality of Krimml, in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park. From Vienna you can reach them by car in less than 5 hours. When you arrive at the waterfall center you will find numerous parking spaces and from there you can set out on foot on the adventurous path. You can only do the Krimmler Wasserfallweg in the warmer months of the year, namely from mid-April to the end of October.
The Krimmler Ache is responsible for the wonderful natural spectacle in the Hohe Tauern National Park. This rises in the Salzburg Alps, flows through the Krimmler Achental and forms the breathtaking waterfalls on its lower reaches. Over three steps, which are a total of 380 meters high, an average of an incredible 5.6 cubic meters of water shoot down into the valley every second. Globally, there are only four waterfalls that are higher – so we can rightly be proud of our spectacular Krimml waterfalls, which thus occupy 5th place on the list of the highest waterfalls in the world.
The waterfall path
Since we didn’t just want to experience the drizzle of the two-tier and 140-meter-high Lower Achenfall in the valley, but also wanted to be amazed at the Middle and Upper Achenfall up close, we went full of energy on the waterfall path. A stairway was built as early as the first half of the 19th century to give travelers a better view of the waterfalls. The construction of the waterfall path that still exists today, which winds its way up the slope in serpentines and is four kilometers long, began in 1900. Countless visitors set out on this hike every day, which was an unforgettable experience for us too. On the somewhat steeper sections of the path, every single member of our team worked up a sweat. At the numerous viewpoints directly at the waterfall, the physical exertion was not the reason why we caught our breath, but simply the breathtaking and unique view. To experience first hand in this dreamy natural setting how these huge masses of water tumble down into the valley gave every single one of us pure goose bumps! After about 35 minutes of walking we reached the 100 meter high middle fall. There is also an inn and a kiosk – the perfect opportunity to take a little break. When we reached the top of the 140 meter long Upper Achenfall after a good hour, we were of course primarily overwhelmed by the incredible view that awaited us there. But we were just a little bit proud of the fact.
Healing power of the waterfalls
The Krimml Waterfalls are not just a feast for the eyes. In fact, they are also recognized as a natural healing resource. It is above all the drizzle at the foot of the Untere Ache that has a beneficial effect on asthmatics and allergy sufferers. An unbelievable amount of negative ions adhere to the tiny water droplets. When these are inhaled and get into the lungs, they have both cleansing and anti-inflammatory effects. The drizzle not only helps with asthma and allergies but also strengthens the immune system. It was just fascinating for us to move in the midst of this dream backdrop and, by the way, to do something good for our body.
We will certainly not forget the visit to the Krimml Waterfalls anytime soon. It was really impressive to experience such a natural wonder up close – the view from the many pulpits is simply unique! If you enjoy being in nature and want to do something good for your soul but also for your body, then on your next visit to Salzburg you definitely have to stop by the municipality of Krimml and take the waterfall trail yourself – you will see, it is worth it!