Krimml Waterfalls: Best Day Trip in Austria

Need a suggestion for a great day trip or a weekend getaway with kids in Tirol/Salzburg Area? Look no further! Krimml Waterfalls are an exciting place to visit for all nature and water lovers. Krimml Waterfalls are Europe’s largest and 5th largest in the world. The Austria Official Travel Info and the official site of the falls claim that Krimml Falls are Austria’s most visited tourist attraction.

The waterfalls are a must visit for people who can walk a few miles uphill. The 4-kilometer long Waterfall Trail has numerous viewing points along the way (about 10 of them), allowing visitors to experience power of the water firsthand. The top of the waterfall can be reached in about an hour and a half if you are walking slowly and enjoying the view. The stops are frequent enough that even our 4-year-old daughter didn’t complain too much.

Those not willing to walk that long, can reach a lower waterfall after only a 10-15 minute walk and enjoy the view from a viewing platform called Kürsingerplatz. It is possible to get there with a stroller because up to that point the trail is built to meet the needs of disabled visitors.  If you go further, good shoes are recommended.  As you walk along the trail that goes side by side of the waterfall, you feel at times the mist generated from the falls drenches you giving you a feeling of relaxation and appreciation of Mother Nature’s power. There is another convenient although more expensive option. You can take a cab to the top of mountain and then walk down the trail next to the falls.

At the welcome center near the start of the trail there is Water Wonder World where families can get some interesting insights in the world of water. Near Water Wonder World there is a playground for kids and a few restaurants.

The entrance to the trail is not free. Adults pay 3 euros each, while kids 6 and older are charged 1 euro. However, the combo-ticket can save you some money. The combo-ticket includes the trail, the Water Wonder World and parking at P4 parking lot. The combo-ticket is sold only at the Water World ticket offices and costs 9.00 euros per adult and 4.50 euros per child older than 6 years.  If you don’t get the combo ticket, the parking fees alone are about 5 Euros per car. In any case, you have to walk about 10 minutes before you reach the start of the trail. If you are coming through Zillertal from Innsbruck or Munich, you will end up taking Gerlos Alpine Road. The fee to use the road is 8,50 euros for a day ticket.  Make sure you keep you receipt and show it the attendant on the way back. It is free to go back with a receipt on the same day.

Verdict: Krimml Waterfalls are a must-see for those who love nature and are able to walk a bit!

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