Natural wonders of Austria, Slovenia and Italy
Europe’s greatest natural gift are the Alps. Here, nature and civilization mix comfortably, as if man and mountain shared the same crib. We present you the natural wonders of Italy, Austria and Slovenia that you might want to include on your itinerary.
Grossglockner is the tallest mountain in Austria. The mountain summit reaches a peak of 12,461 feet (3,798 m). Prominence is set at 7,929 feet (2,423 m). Speaking further on statistical significance, it is highest mountain in the Alps east of the Brenner Pass. It is home to Pasterze, which is the country’s most extended glacier.
The Krimml Waterfalls
The Krimml Waterfalls is a tiered type of falls. Statistically speaking, it is the Austria’s tallest waterfall. The falls plunge a total of 1,247 feet (380 m). There are three plunges or independent falls, which start at the top of the Krimmler Ache valley. The first plunge falls 459 feet (140 m), with the middle being the shortest plunge of 328 feet (100 m).
Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave
The Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave, conveniently located a short trip south of Salzburg, is the world’s largest ice cave. Its name means World of Ice Giants in English, a name that couldn’t be more appropriate. There are more than 40 kilometers of caves in this icy labyrinth. The ice cave is home to enormous stalactites and stalagmites of ice, vast halls and stunning ice formations.
The Dolomites are one of the most beautiful collection of mountains in all of Europe. The mountain range in northeastern Italy is part of the Southern Limestone Alps. A national park along with other regional parks protect the Dolomites, which have been established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mount Etna is a stratovolcano located on the island of Sicily. Statistically speaking, it is the tallest active volcano across the entire continent of Europe. It reaches a height of 10,990 feet (3,350 m) and is ranked 59th globally based on prominence.
The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is a sea cave found in southern Italy on the island of Capri. The local Italians call the wonder Grotta Azzurra. The name is derived from the coloring of the water and cave created by the light entering through a small hole in the cliff.
Postojna Cave consists of a complex of tunnels, galleries and halls. 20,570 m long system of several caves near Postojna, the largest such system in Slovenia. It was created by erosion of the river Pivka, whose water mass during the two million years have molded its interior. The constant temperature inside the cave is a few years ago amounted to 8 ° C, until recently moving between 8 and 10 degrees. The maximum depth of the cave is 115 m.
Vintgar Gorge is a canyon 1.6 km long through which flows the river Radovna. The walls of the trough are high from 50-100m, height of the slope is 250 m. In the gorge arejumping , pools , rapids, cutting rock and other corrosive forms of water activity. At the end of Vintgar decreasing over the threshold of the 13-meter waterfall Vintgar.
Triglav lake valley
Triglav Lakes Valley is the core of Triglav National Park and unique for its scenery with high rock faces, glacier lakes, plentiful alpine flora and fauna, Karst landscape. This valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Julian Alps and it is famous for its seven lakes. Each lake was named after its characteristic.