Krimmler Waterfalls

Krimml Waterfalls

The Krimml Waterfalls, which drop a total height of 380 metres, are the highest falls in Austria. They are located on the outskirts of the town of Krimml (Salzburg) in the Hohe Tauern National Park, close to the border with Italy. They are fed by the Krimmler Ache which, at the end of the Krimmler Achental valley, plunges over three tiers into the depths below. The river then continues to flow into the Salzach, which in turn flows through the Pinzgau region towards Salzburg and ultimately empties into the River Inn.

Only in the 18th century did people, primarily the English, actually begin to travel voluntarily, often for reasons related to their interest in natural history. To make it possible for visitors to see more of the falls with a minimum of effort, the Steward of Mittersill, Ignaz von Kürsinger, had a pathway built to the upper end of the lower falls in 1835, where there was also to be a small hut "for the use of tourists and painters". (there were still no cameras at that time). Then, in 1879, the Pinzgau Chapter of the German and Austrian Alpine Association developed the Krimmler Tauernweg trail into a scenic walkway.

Today's Path
The path which exists today was built in 1901 by the Warnsdorf Chapter of the Alpine Association. Construction became necessary because the numbers of visitors had increased drastically subsequent to the construction of the Pinzgau Local Railway from Zell am See to Krimml in 1897 (1905: 8,600 visitors). Beginning in 1904, the Chapter began to charge a fee for use of the Waterfall Trail in order to cover its maintenance costs (1904: 36 Heller, 2004: 1.50 €, 2006: 1.80 €). The path now runs close to the waterfall, winding its way upwards in a series of tight, steep serpentines. Which is why visitors need to be in pretty good physical condition if they wish to climb all the way to the top of the falls. You can look forward to spectacular views from several different lookout points. Today it belongs to the Warnsdorf/Krimml Chapter of the Austrian Alpine Association.

Hiking Paths
After making your way to the upper edge of the falls via the Waterfall Path (ca. one hour), there are numerous options available for continuing your hike through the Krimmler Achental: After two hours you will reach the Krimmler Tauernhaus (elev. 1,631 m). From there you can either continue to follow the Achental valley to the Warnsdorfer Hütte (2,336 m, three hours) or turn off into the Rainbach Valley where, after three hours, you will come to the Richterhütte (2,374 m). .