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Published: August 8th 2011
The Krimmler Waterfall swelled from all the rain
If we thought it was raining hard yesterday, that was nothing compared to today. We woke to see sunlight coming in through the window, which got our hopes up, but after closer examination the clouds were every bit as thick at yesterday, although there was not much rain at that particular point in time.
The weather was perfect for a run so I went off down a trail that went south from Rauris, up and up into the hills. After a while it headed down into the next village called Wörth and then it was not too far back along the road.
Now that the shops were actually open, we were able to go to the local supermarket and stock-up on some food as the UK supplies that we bought with us were starting to run-out. I got some beer for those rainy evenings stuck in our apartment, but later discovered that it was White Beer, which I’m not a great fan of. Serves me right for not being able to read German I suppose, but I’ll probably have acquired a taste for it by the end of the week.
It was pouring with rain by this time
Rain, Rain and More Rain
The clouds covered what was probably spectacular scenery.
but we were not going to spend a second day stuck inside, so we decided that the best place to go in such conditions was the Krimmler Waterfall, which was about an hour’s drive away. On the way there we saw a large shopping area and since it had not occurred to us that we would need waterproof clothes we used the opportunity to buy some.
Not only is it wet but it is also cold. It’s hard to believe that it was 31°C when we drove into Austria a couple of days ago. It’s less than half that now.
Apparently the Krimmler Waterfall is the biggest in Europe. We’re not sure if that’s by height, volume of water or whatever, but however that is measured it is a spectacular waterfall. It’s quite a steep climb, but there were various little diversions along the way where we could stop off for various views of the waterfalls. There was also a restaurant about two thirds of the way up so we had some well earned hot chocolates.
We thought we were seeing a lot of people walking down, but not many like us walking up and then we realised that they had all got a taxi to the top and then they only needed to do the walk down. So if you ever plan to visit these waterfalls, get the taxi to the top.
Despite the new waterproof clothes we were absolutely soaked by the time we got back to the bottom. It had rained solid all of the way up and all of the way down. There would have probably have been some spectacular scenery, but all we could see was cloud.
Once we got back to the apartment it was too cold and too wet to even think about going back out again, so we stayed in again and just cooked some of the food that we had finally been able to buy from the supermarket.
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