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HOHE TAUERN PANORAMA TRAIL | Stage 01: Krimmler Wasserfälle | Krimml-Hochkrimml

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  • Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail – ET01 Krimml-Hochkrimml/GH Filzstein im Bild Krimmler Wasserfälle
    Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail – ET01 Krimml-Hochkrimml/GH Filzstein im Bild Krimmler Wasserfälle
    Photo: Micheal Huber, Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
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Europe´s largest waterfalls and the birthplace of a freedom fighter 
Distance 11.4 km
4:45 h
1,029 m
433 m
1,643 m
1,058 m
The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail starts in Krimml with a gentle hike and one of thegreatest natural spectacles in the SalzburgerLand. The trail takes you along the "Alter Trauernweg" trail and the well-known waterfall trail in the direction of the Gerlos Pass. The listed Hinterlehengut manor estate is also on this route: Parts of the house in Oberkrimml where the freedom fighter Anton Wallner was born date from the 16th century. The stage finishes at the family-run Alpengasthof Filzstein restaurant in Hochkrimml,at 1,641 metres above sea level.
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Update: May 20, 2022
Highest point
1,643 m
Lowest point
1,058 m
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Rest stops

Hotel Krimml
Anton Wallner Bräu
Gasthof Schönangerl
Gasthof Hanke
Gasthof Wasserfallblick
WaterWorlds of Krimml
Panoramahotel Burgeck
Restaurant Filzsteinalm

Safety information

 From 18.10.2021 the viewing route of the Krimml Waterfalls is closed. More info at the info and booking center Trail Angels.



Tips and hints


Tourist information Krimml (1,063 m)
47.221718, 12.175514
47°13'18.2"N 12°10'31.9"E
33T 286163 5233673
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Alpengasthof Filzstein at Hochkrimml

Turn-by-turn directions

From the start of your trail at the Tourist Information office, you walk up the road to the left of the church to a larger road. This street - it is the promenade in Krimml - you follow to the left through the village, past a gas station to the Hotel Klockerhaus and reach the Gerlospassstraße. Turn right and after parking lot 2 turn left over the crosswalk to a sidewalk. Now do not go straight ahead towards "Krimmler Wasserfälle", but follow the Tauernradweg diagonally down to the left. At the next two junctions, don't turn left downhill, but go straight ahead - you will find yourself on a gravel path at the end of the street. Continue along this path until you reach the gravel road - turn right and then left at a house over the stream Krimmler Ache by a wooden bridge. You are now on the "Alter Tauernweg", an ancient trade route that was already used by the Romans.

First to the right and then directly at the waterfalls to the left along the beautiful old trade route along the waterfalls up to a forest road. Even though you will not see the waterfalls until you descend, this trail through a mossy forest covered with ferns is wild and romantic.  Take the forest road 50 m to the right and then immediately left again, following the hiking trail up to another road. A few minutes to the right to your highest point (1.482 m) at the waterfalls.

Now turn sharp right, cross the Krimmler Ache and you are now on the well-known waterfall trail, which promises you fantastic views of the roaring waters as you descend on the other side of the Krimml Waterfalls. You walk down this path with great view balconies on the waterfall - straight ahead at a crossroads, following the "Waterfall Path" on the right at the next fork and passing a building on the left - until you reach Café Hanke's at the foot of the Krimml Waterfalls. Continue straight on to the ticket office (the "Wasserfallweg" is subject to an extra charge but there is free admission with the Nationalpark Sommercard and the "Zell am See-Kaprun Sommerkarte" - more information under "Service".) and up the small asphalt road. You use an underpass to cross under the Gerlospass road and you are now standing in front of the building of the "Wasserwelten". This visitor center around the theme of water and the Krimml Waterfalls is definitely worth a visit. (free admission if you have the National Park Sommercard or the Zell am See-Kaprun Summer Card - more info under "Service").

For the continuation of the trail, keep right for about 50 m on Gerlospassstraße, cross the underpass and continue to parking lot 4, where the Krimml Panorama Trail begins with a large archway, which you now follow for some time. Follow the signs "Panoramaweg" and turn right at a fork in the road, cross a bridge and continue to houses. Here on the left, through a beautiful avenue to the birthplace of Anton Wallner, a famous freedom fighter. You turn left behind the house into a small asphalt road towards Burgeck. After a small right-left loop, you follow a very beautiful meadow path with a great view of Krimml and the Krimml Waterfalls to Gasthof Burgeck. Directly past the inn you will reach a hiking trail signed as "Schönmoosalm/Breitscharte".

Follow the path and leave the area of Krimml. At a fork a short time later you choose the right way in direction "Gh. Filzstein", your stage destination. Cross a bridge and follow the left forest path uphill towards "Filzstein". Through a beautiful forest you climb up in many bends, cross under the Gerlos Pass road and reach the Alpengasthof Filzstein (1.641 m) in Hochkrimml via the hiking trail (at the very end via a small asphalt road).


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Public transport


The IC/EC train station is located in Zell am See. From there, the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn, a narrow-gauge railroad, will take you to Krimml. Stops are located along all trail towns.

Bus connections from Zell am See to Königsleiten are   

  • 670 line: Zell am See - Mittersill - Krimml   
  • 673 line: Wald im Pinzgau - Krimml - Almdorf Königsleiten

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Getting there

  • With international trains to Zell am See, from there there are regular post buses and the Pinzgauer local train to Krimml.
  • Arriving by car                                                                from the north: Inntal highway A12 (toll sticker required) to the Felbertauern exit (toll sticker required) - in the direction of Kitzbühel - Pass Thurn - Mittersill - Krimml or Inntal highway to the Zillertal exit - in the direction of Zell am Ziller - Gerlospass - Krimml.                                                                            from the east: A10 Tauern Autobahn to Werfen, B 311 to Schwarzach, Zell am See, then on the B 168 to Mittersill and on via the B 165 to Krimml


Parking is available at the respective starting points of the trail trip. Most of the parking spaces are free and not monitored!


47.221718, 12.175514
47°13'18.2"N 12°10'31.9"E
33T 286163 5233673
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You need alpine hiking equipment for the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail:

  • Day backpack, capacity: 25–30 litres, with waist belt and rain cover 
  • Hiking boots – minimum category B 
  • Weather-adapted and hard-wearing clothing in multiple layers. The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is mostly at altitudes between 1,300m and 2,450m - this should be taken into account when choosing your hiking equipment (especially your clothing).
  • Height-adjustable trekking poles
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Make sure take enough to eat and sufficiently large water bottles with you, as there are not refreshment stops and fountains on all stages (e.g. on stages 5 and 7).
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Mobile phone
  • Tour description or hiking map

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11.4 km
4:45 h
1,029 m
433 m
Highest point
1,643 m
Lowest point
1,058 m
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