See to Krimml (80 kms)
A nice easy flat day - off to visit the Krimml
waterfalls. Well, OK, a 'gradual' climb up to
Krimml, but nothing
This was a 'different'
day for us. No hills for a start. It certainly didn't lack
anything because of that though. It was a ride on cycle paths
(occasionally shared with light traffic) that wound its way along the
valley floor through some delightful small towns on the way. For long
stretches it runs alongside the River Salzach, and in turn the narrow
gauge railway runs alongside that - from
Zell am See to
Krimml marks the start of this cycle path which is something like
350kms long and goes all the way to Passau.
sun did break through from time to time, but mostly it was cloudy -
thankfully not wet. There were lots of people out walking,
cycling, rollerblading etc on the path, perhaps because it was
Sunday. Nice to see a facility like that being used.
we reached Krimml railway station, we followed the path through the
forest to the falls. This was easily rideable on a road bike,
not too rough. We hit one awkward bit right at the end where we
came to a bridge with a gate that you couldn't fit bikes through, so
we just lifted them over.
The falls were
impressive (though we only stayed around the lower falls - we'd
basically run out of time). I'd seen them before, and there was
certainly more water coming down them at this time of year. Not
satisfied with the normal tourist photo in front of the falls, we
ventured rather too close and got absolutely soaked with spray.
Good fun though.
The Gerlos Pass starts
just outside the entrance to the falls, but that will have to wait
until next time. There was obviously some sort of car race on
that day, as it looked as though the pass was closed to traffic, and
there were lots of high performance cars lined up on the road.
We'd decided to get the
last train back to Zell, the narrow gauge railway that runs 'slowly'
between Zell and Krimml. The cost for one person and a bike
(they have no problems taking bikes) was €8.57, and the journey back
took around 1hr 40mins. It's a lovely journey taken at a speed
that allows you to take in the fine countryside. It started raining as
we neared Zell so we were glad to have taken the
train. A short ride from the station to the hotel and we were
soon back in the sauna, followed by another good meal.
was without doubt one of the best hotels we stayed in for 'peace and
quiet'. Could be due to the fact that each room had 2
doors! Very odd, you opened one, to be faced with another about
6" further in.