Krimml Waterfalls from the series Austria's Natural Beauty
The Hohe Tauern is the most magnificent mountain chain of the Eastern Alps. It boasts very diverse formations and is shared by the provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg, and Tyrol. A significant breakthrough in establishing a national park in this region occurred when the provincial heads of Carinthia, Salzburg, and Tyrol signed the Heiligenblut Agreement on October 21, 1971. The park's establishment was delayed until 1984 due to a conflict between national park and ecological interests. The Krimml Waterfalls are situated in the Krimml Municipality on the northwest border of the national park. These are the highest waterfalls in Europe and thus a significant European natural monument. However, since the 19th century they have been involved in conflicts between energy utilization and conservation. Critical to maintaining this impressive marvel of nature was the awarding of the "European Conservation Diploma" by the European Council. This award was also responsible for the inclusion of the Krimml Waterfalls into the Hohe Tauern National Park.
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