After a great first day in the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, we had big plans for the second day. The weather forecast made us change our plans for the afternoon since we had to calculate with heavy rain storms.
After a delicous breakfast in our guesthouse we packed our backpacks for the day and decided to use the nice weather in the morning to discover the Sigmund-Thun-Klamm in Kaprun. 30 minutes later we already arrived in Kaprun and found the entrance of the gorge next to a power plant which at the same time is a information center. Directly after the entrance was the first photo point with a great view to a waterfall.
Only a few steps later we arrived on a stone bridge which offers another great view into the gorge.
We followed the path through the gorge and got to an area where lots of small waterfalls make it rain all over the way. They buildt some small huts with a roof to enjoy the view and take pictures of this area without getting your camera all wet.
At the end of the gorge you can hike up to the dam of the Klammsee which offers a view all over the reservoir.
We decided to walk around the Klammsee. Every few minutes we passed information boards where we could learn something about the local fauna and flora.
Sadly the weather changed in the afternoon. Clouds appeared from all directions and it slowly started to rain. We were prepared for that to happen and our idea for rainy weather was to visit the Nationalpark Museum in Mittersill.
Exactly when we arrived there it started to rain. In the first part of the musem you can watch videos of many different valleys of the Nationalpark from an eagle perspective. Fantastic views!
In the second part you get to know about the treasures of the Nationalpark. Mainly minerals are displayed in this part. Reaching from simple crystals to emeralds. This area also includes a 3D cinema where you learn in very informative video about how the alps got created.
In the next part you get to know about the forests and animals which live in the Nationalpark. In the lower level of the building they recreated the marmot tunnel system and you learn a lot about their life in the mountains. On a screen you can learn about the lives of different local animals in short videos.
The next room is the Nationalpark 360° cinema. It is very spectacular. An austrian team filmed different screnarios within the Nationalpark with 8 video cameras in a 360° perspective and stitched it together. A truly fantastic and impressive show which contains scenarios of sunrise/sunset on 3000m, the 4 seasons, wild rivers, waterfalls, forests and many more. Spectacular!
Last but not least is the area about the glaciers. On a wheel you can spin back and forth in time and see the shocking truth about global warming and what it does to the glaciers.
The whole experience in the museum was really good. It is an interactive kind of museum for young and old folks.
Now it is time to rest and start planning for tomorrow! Stay tuned!