Krimml Waterfalls

Trip Start Sep 15, 2004
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Trip End Sep 22, 2004


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Flag of Austria  , Salzburg,
Monday, September 20, 2004

Feeling a bit stiff today... in fact, we can hardly walk. And considering I am reading 'Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth' by Martin Dugard, it's slightly pathetic! The good news is we found an electric shutter for our french window, and a radio that's connected to the bathroom so that we can now listen to music in the shower! A very high-tech hotel room indeed.

Exchanged some money first thing after breakfast and ambled lazily around the tacky souvenir shops before meeting the bus once again outside the Hotel Kramerwirt for another 'Christophorus Reisen' trip. The coach was full today and no fat germans which was nice so the journey was generally quieter this time. A beautiful mountain pass led us up to 1,405m where we were met with a fantastic view over Speicher Durlassboden, a large reservoir in the shadow of the mountains and forests. After a 15 minute break, we carried on along the Gerlospass to the Krimml Waterfalls where three large waterfalls run down the valley, ending up in the Krimml Ark at the base.

The highest of the waterfalls, Schettbrucke (1,470m) drops for 140m to a gentle, shallow run off which rapidly runs into the second falls called Schonangerl at a height of 1,330m. With a drop of 100m, it immediately falls into the third falls, called Kursinger, which has a drop of over 145m. The falls are in the Hohe Tauern National Park (the same as Grossglockner) and are fed by Krimml Kees, a large glacier 20km from the southern end of the valley. We spent around 4 hours here, walking the falls and taking photographs. The food in the nearby restaurant was good and we generally spent time relaxing.

I finished my second book of the holidays and am now looking at 2 days of German television as I only brought two with me. Worse still, Lucy has just started reading 'The Da Vinci Code' and is completely engrossed so is ignoring me. I have an empty feeling inside...and German television does not help!

On the way back from the falls, we stopped at Gerlos. It's a place designed specifically to serve tour buses passing through. It reminds me of one of those small, desolate American towns where one road passes through and openly invites people to keep driving. As we sat there drinking coffee, I saw imaginary rolls of pampas grass blowing down the street. Very few people about other than a few lost cyclists. A very unusual place to proudly show foreign visitors!

Returned to the hotel for 18:00, a quick flick through the German channels (found a Miss Italia competition so not all bad) and down for dinner. Apparently they eat pike in Austria too...
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