Krimml Waterfalls
Austria, Krimml

Krimml Waterfalls owe their birth to the Krimml River (Krimml). They are located in the vicinity of the village of the same name, with a population of 886 people, in the very west of the federal state of Salzburg. The river begins at the end of the Krimml Achen valley, which calmly and gently crosses for 20 kilometers. Having irrigated numerous pastures of the valley with its glacial waters, the river is gaining strength so that then, like a growling beast, it rushes down. Krimml waterfalls - one of the highest cascading waterfalls in Europe - its total height is 380 meters. Not surprisingly, they are called the "Niagara" of Austria. Krimml waterfalls are among the ten largest waterfalls in the world. This is one of Austria's most visited tourist sites. Annually, more than 4,000,000 visitors come here in order to enjoy the views of the waterfall, as well as to improve their health. The air near the waterfalls has a unique healing effect. An ordinary person, depending on his location, inhales oxygen, charged from 300 to 3000 pairs of ions per square meter. In the airspace near the waterfalls, the number of ions is increased to 70,000 pairs, which favorably affects the mucous membrane of the human respiratory tract. In addition, negative air ions circulating in the air of a waterfall stimulate the immune system, have a beneficial effect on lung function and reduce the frequency of seizures in people with allergies and asthma. Everything necessary has been done here so that anyone can come and get the right amount of aerotherapy. In the infrastructure of Klimml Falls, all the little things are thought out, from hotels and cottages where you can stay for the night, ending with numerous cafes and restaurants for every taste and prosperity. It has developed routes for people with disabilities, equipped with parking lots and toilets. Barrier-free zone is laid to the lowest waterfall. Realizing the uniqueness of this object, donated by nature, the Austrian authorities are committed to its conservation. All funds raised from tourists visiting Krimml Falls go to improving and maintaining the infrastructure of tourist routes, maintaining cleanliness and order. The cascade consists of three waterfalls, of which the top - the most impressive - has a height of 140 meters. Overwhelming masses of water from 10 to 83 m3 per second (depending on the season of the year and time of day) are divided into billions of splashes, so the air here is constantly humid. This creates favorable conditions for the growth of many species of rare mosses. So, for example, on gray stones in crevices of rocks a luminous moss grows, which has the ability to reflect light. In addition, about 62 bird species live near the waterfalls, nine of which are listed in the Red Book. Visitors will need about 3.5 hours to explore the entire area. After exploring the lower cascade, you can visit the second step of the waterfall, located a 12-minute walk. To the delight of visitors, a special tourist taxi operates here, which will take visitors to the second tier in the shortest time. A little more time will be required in order to reach the third final stage in order to be able to capture the entire powerful stream with a look. From the upper point it is allowed to rise even higher, almost to the glacier itself. Since 1961, Krimml Falls have been protected as a natural monument, and since 1984 they have been part of the Hohe Tauern National Park.

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