You don't need to travel to Iceland, or Canada, to find "those" huge and amazing waterfalls. You only need to go to Austria. Krimml waterfall (Krimmler Wasserfälle in German) is located at the edge of the Western part of Salzburg, Austria - humbly in the heart of Europe. From here, you can find the Grossglockner and Zillertal within an hour or so. This giant fall is Europe's highest waterfall - and for me, it's also the most spectacular. Krimml is definitely on my Top10 bucket list! Let's see why!
However, the hiking route to the waterfall is closed in winter; if you are in the area for skiing, it's worth taking a small detour - to spot the falls from the road.
|Address||5743 Krimml, Austria|
|Parking||P4-P1 (Gerlos Str., 5743 Krimml, Austria)|
|Parking fee||~ 2 euro / hour|
|Season||April - October (every day)|
|Opening hours||09:00 - 16:30|
|Entrance fee||5 - 10 euro|
|Trail's Difficulty||Easy (4 km - one direction)|
|Accessibility?||100% accessible until the 1st waterfall|
|Min age||~ 8 yrs old|
|Dog friendly?||No information|
Hohe Tauern National Park
Located in the main chain of the Central Eastern Alps, High Tauern is a mountain range in Austria. The range includes Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner (3,798 meters), and the highest waterfall in Europe - the Krimml waterfall. Along 100 kilometers (62 mi) of the main chain stretches the High Tauern National Park.
|Address||5743 Krimml, Austria|
|Distance from Wien||450 km / 5 hours|
|Distance from Zillertal||42 km / 1 hour|
|Distance from Innsbruck||98 km / 1,5 hour|
|Distance from Grossglockner||95 km / 1,5 hour|
The unique glacier fall is one of the most visited attractions not only in the surroundings but also in Austria. The 380 m high falls origin is in the Krimmler Ache valley, and after some big drops and turns - it ends next to the village Krimml. This small town is the start of the hiking route. After passing the city, the river joins the Salzach, Inn, and Danube river, ending its way reaching the Black Sea at last.
The falls are the biggest waterfalls in Europe and the fifth-biggest in the world.
- Austria's largest waterfall
- Europe's largest waterfall
- 5th largest waterfall on Earth
The Krimml waterfalls are a natural spectacle that you don't want to miss in Salzburg. Every year there are over 400,000 visitors.
Here, water never stops; it's always floating and shaping its way, such as the area itself. Even on colder days, Krimml causes high humidity, creating abundant greenery in the area. You can encounter rich flora, such as trees, bushes, ferns, mosses, and mushrooms.
It's not just because it's the highest,t but also because it's quite easy to visit. The hiking trail (no. 40) is easy, and the access to the waterfall is quite simple. The route will take right next to the bed of the river, up above the highest waterfall.
You can make many photos on numerous observation points along the hiking trail. Krimml is not only the biggest fall in Europe but the most convenient for the visitors.
Immerse yourself in the water's massive power amidst the fantastic scenery in the Hohe Tauern National Park!
When visiting Krimml?
The river gains its water from melting glaciers and snow. Therefore the best time to visit Krimml is in spring or early summer when the river is the widest (due to snow melting).
In the main season (July, Aug), when the school is over, more visitors are coming to Krimml. If you prefer fewer companies, visit in May, Jun, os September.
Krimml Falls Transfer Service (Shuttle) 🚌
Instead of hiking, you do have the option of taking the National Park Taxi to the top falls. If you don't want to go on foot, you can ask the bus's schedule when you buy your ticket at the ticket office.
Krimml Falls - hiking trail
The only way to really get close to the falls is on foot. This hike is classified as being easy and not demanding.
The river contains multiple falls on its way, and the three most distinct drops can be found near the small town Krimml.
- First drop: 140 m (100% accessible)
- Second drop: 100 m
- Third drop: 140 m
Your journey to the top may take 90 minutes without stops. In general, visitors spend over 120 - 150 minutes on the trail ascending. You can rest on benches on the observation points, and you can find several inns along the way where you can buy refreshments.
⚡️ Please note:
- The suggested minimum year for children is eight years old.
- I don't recommend you to use a baby buggy along the way, as it's pretty hard to push it on the gravel path. If you are coming with small kid, consider carrying him/her instead.
- From the entrance door to the foot of the waterfalls, the pathway is accessible by wheelchair as well.
What to wear?
When it comes to clothing, even on the warmest day, bring along an extra layer or a raincoat. As you will walk next to the densely dropping falls, expect nothing but getting wet. The gravel and dusty road can be slippery from the waterfall, so wear comfortable and proper hiking shoes.
Entrance fee, tickets
You can purchase several tickets at the ticket office. There are combined tickets available (parking + entrance fee), and you can pay for the shuttle bus as well. Tickets to Krimml are available from €5 - €10 per person.
You can't buy tickets online. There is no need to book in advance, as there is no limitation.
Krimml Falls - opening hours
Krimml is open every day from April to October - between 9 am - 4:30 pm. Keep in mind that the ticket office closes its doors at 4:30 pm.
Krimml Falls - parking
You can find several parking lots nearby. The closest lot is P4, then P3, P2, and P1. The parking fee has some diversity, but you can calculate with 2 euro per hour in general. The closest parking lot (P4) is the most expensive. P3, P2, P1 are 5 minutes far from each other.
- P4 Address: Gerlos Str., 5743 Krimml, Austria
⚡️ Tip: If you are coming to Krimml by bus, you should take off at Wasserfallzentrum bus stop (Krimml Wasserfälle), which is in front of the tourist info.
- Krimml waterfall official website
- Phone: +43 6564 7212
I hope you will enjoy your time at the Krimml waterfalls. Don't forget to send me your thoughts, experiences, even your photos, either below in the comment section or at firstname.lastname@example.org.