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Observation deck on the Gerlos Alpine Road

The adventure road

Adventure Gerlos Alpine Road

From the Krimml Waterfalls with elegant turns to paradisiacal nature

The unique adventure road at the heart of Eastern Alps is open to traffic all year round from Gerlos in Tyrol and Krimml in Salzburg. When starting your journey in Salzburg’s Pinzgau, you’ll find the first adventure stage right at the beginning of the Gerlos Alpine Road. Europe’s largest waterfalls near Krimml plunge down an incredible 380 m. Visit the WasserWelten Krimml at the foot of the waterfalls and walk along the three cataracts on the waterfall path. Park your car or motorbike at car park 4 next to the WasserWelten Krimml. Continue up the mountain on the alpine road planned by Franz Wallack after this great experience. The architect of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road went all out here as well!

Tip: purchase the affordable combined ticket for the WasserWelten Krimml, the waterfall path and parking at the P4 car park!
 Sea on the Gerlos Alpine Road

Alpine road with unique views of the world’s fifth-highest waterfalls

The next adventure is waiting for you along the Gerlos Alpine Road! Enjoy the fascinating view of the Krimml Waterfalls and the Krimmler Achental from the car park at km 6.00 and 6.20. There are also several information boards at the first car park conveying interesting facts about the surroundings. Enjoy a break before fully dedicating yourself to enjoying the turns. Bends that are lovely to drive lead you deeper and deeper into the High Tauern Natural Park – and close to the next nature experience, the raised bog on the pass summit. What used to be a treacherous trap for hikers unfamiliar with this place in the Middle Ages is now a matchlessly beautiful and valuable preservation area.

Adventure Gerlos Alpine Road pass summit and Durlassboden reservoir

Having arrived at an altitude of 1,630 m, you should take a breather and enjoy the view. The High Tauern can be seen to the south and the Kitzbühel Alps to the north. Families with children will love the playground with observation tower and letting off steam in fresh mountain air! Now it’s time to take a closer look at the engineering marvel that is the Gerlos Alpine Road: five bridges, six suspension bridges, seven apertures and a tunnel needed to be built to open the Gerlos pass for traffic. You’ll reach the Durlassboden reservoir lake on your way down into the Zillertal. Go on a hike around the reservoir lake at an altitude of 1,400 m, which is perfect for swimming, paddle-boating and even sailing and surfing in summer!
Last but not least, the Gerlos Alpine Road provides access to the Zillertal Area ski region with 139 km of slopes, 51 mountain railways and lifts and rustic ski huts in winter. When will you discover the versatile adventure road between Salzburg and Tyrol?