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Day Trip to Krimmler Waterfalls and Krimmler Water World: What You Need to Know

The Krimmler Waterfalls in Austria are a true natural wonder, offering an impressive spectacle. With a drop of 380 meters, they are among the highest waterfalls in Europe. But it’s not just the waterfalls themselves that are worth a visit – the Krimmler Wasserwelten also offer an exciting experience for the whole family.

In this blog article, we take you on a journey to this breathtaking destination and share our best tips and highlights.

Krimmler Wasserfall mit Blumenwiese im Vordergrund


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1. Getting There and Parking

The Krimmler Waterfalls are located in the Hohe Tauern National Park, about 1.5 hours from Innsbruck and 2 hours from Salzburg. Traveling by car is straightforward, with ample parking available right at the entrance to the waterfalls. We recommend arriving early in the morning to get the best parking spots and to enjoy the waterfall in peace.

If you’re coming with a motorhome, you can also stay overnight at these parking lots or use the campsite across the street.

2. Hiking to the Krimmler Waterfalls

You can reach the waterfalls after a few minutes' walk from the parking lot, with the path well signposted. At the entrance to the waterfalls, you need to pay an admission fee, and shortly after, you will already be standing at the base of the Krimmler Waterfalls, gazing at the roaring water.

Frau in roter Regenjacke vor Krimmler Wasserfall

The climb to the Krimmler Waterfalls is an absolute must. A well-maintained trail runs along the waterfall, offering breathtaking views of the cascading water.

The entire hike is about 4 kilometers long and takes you to an altitude of around 1,470 meters.

Along the way, there are several platforms and viewpoints where you can take spectacular photos. Make sure to allocate enough time to fully enjoy nature and to stop at the various stations.

The path is well secured, but we recommend sturdy footwear and weatherproof clothing, as it can get wet from the waterfall spray.

3. The Krimmler Water World

After hiking to the waterfalls, a visit to the Krimmler Wasserwelten is worthwhile. This interactive museum offers fascinating insights into the world of water. Here, you can learn more about the origin of the waterfalls, the power of water, and its importance to the environment.

The museum is particularly a highlight for families with children, with many interactive stations where the little ones can learn playfully. A special highlight is the water cinema, where impressive films about the waterfalls and the national park are shown.

4. The Best Time to Visit Krimml

The Krimmler Waterfalls are worth a visit at any time of the year. In spring and summer, the waterfalls carry a lot of water, and the surrounding nature is lush green.

Mann in gelber Regenjacke steht vor Krimmler Wasserfall

Autumn offers a picturesque setting with its colorful foliage, while winter creates a very special atmosphere when the waterfalls are partially frozen.

For photographers, early morning or late afternoon is the best time to experience the waterfalls in the most beautiful light.

Additionally, there are fewer visitors during these times, allowing you to enjoy nature in peace.

5. Tips for Your Visit to the Hohe Tauern

  • Arrive Early: To avoid large crowds and secure the best parking spots.

  • Sturdy Footwear: The path to the waterfalls can be slippery, especially due to the spray.

  • Weatherproof Clothing: Even in summer, it can be cool and damp near the waterfalls.

  • Don’t Forget Your Camera: The Krimmler Waterfalls offer numerous photo opportunities.

  • Plan a Picnic: Along the hiking trail, there are several spots where you can take a break and enjoy the scenery.

The Krimmler Waterfalls and the Krimmler Wasserwelten offer an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventurers. Plan a day to explore this stunning landscape and let yourself be enchanted by the power of the water. We hope our tips help you plan your visit perfectly and fully enjoy the beauty of the Krimmler Waterfalls.


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