Krimml is a town on the western end of Oberpinzgau. It is most famous for the waterfall, where the Krimmler Ache drops its water for around 380 metres, after which it becomes one of the main sources for the river Salzach. To go further west means crossing the Gerlospass and leaving the state of Salzburg, and to end up in the Zillertall.
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The Krimmler Waterfalls are often refered to as the biggest waterfall in Europe, but that depends on how you look at it. If it is or is not the largest/tallest/biggest waterfall in Europe (or even Austria), is not as important as the beauty of the falls. It still is an amazing sight so see 20,000 m³/h of water see rushing 380 metres downwards. The waterfalls come down in three stages, a first frop of 140 metres, a second one of a 100 metres, and a last step with again a drop of 140 metres. Along the waterfalls is a pathway, for with a €2 entrance fee is asked (children between 6-15 pay €0,50). When driving on the Gerlos Hochalpenstrasse you have some great views. On the new road is a panorama platform (and parking), from where you have a good view on the waterfalls.
A small themepark based on everything you can do with water. If you are travelling with kids, this will keep them occupied for a while. The 'Haus des Wassers' in the educational part of the park.
Krimml can be reached by train. It is the last stop of the train that comes from Zell am See.
When you come from the north the easiest route is to get to Kitzbuhel, and drive south on the bundesstrasse 161. It will take you over the Pass Thurn, which is not a difficult pass to cross by car. From Mittersill follow bundesstrasse 161 for another 25 kilometres to reach Krimml. An alternative (and more scenic route), when you come from the direction of Innsbruck is to drive into the Zillertall, and from there cross the Gerlospass. If you are coming from the direction of Zell am See you can reach Mittersill over the 168. To the south you can connect to Lienz by using the Felbertauerntunnel.
Busses connect the several towns and villages in Pinzgau, but also from further away.
Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifi. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.
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The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.
Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Orange (former called One), Drei (3G), Telering, Tele2, Bob and Yesss. Bob and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.
For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.
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