Summer 2022: Germany & Austria
Being a teacher gives one enough time to travel and to visit waterfalls, my biggest hobby. The Königssee in Germany had been on my wishlist for a while and I wanted to visit some waterfalls in Austria in a region that was unknown for me.
Normally, I always go looking for waterfalls on my own, but this year my wife came along too. That always means an adjustment in my schedule but it is also very relaxing. Instead of visiting as many waterfalls as possible every day, I was now more inclined to enjoy and take it easy. I like that, less stress and more enjoyment.
I have been on the road for about two weeks with the following overnight stays: Heidelberg (1n) – Bad Reichenhall (2n) – Zell am See (4n) – Maltatal (1n) – Bad Kleinkirchheim (3n)
In total I visited about 38 waterfalls. The best experiences are the surprises you don’t expect. Neunbrunnen near Grosskirchheim (Grossglockner) I found very special and is a relatively unknown waterfall. It makes me feel like an explorer who has found something new.
I also found the gorges I visited very beautiful. The Wimbachklamm (Berchtesgaden) had several small streams at the end that came down over the moss. Very beautiful to see. The Groppensteinschlucht (Obervellach) has three beautiful waterfalls in a row with a good chance of seeing a rainbow, always nice.
I regret I wanted to visit all those waterfalls in the Malta Valley very quickly. I did not really enjoyed it and I had to pay €20 for the Malta Hochalmstrasse, just to visit two waterfalls (and I skipped one…) All in all, Austria is a lovely country with nice hotels, reasonably cheap petrol, delicious (affordable) food, usually good weather in summer and lots to do/see.