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Hohe Tauern National Park

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The Hohe Tauern National Park is one of the most magnificent landscapes on earth and is Noah's Ark for thousands of animal and plant species. Moreover, it is also an oasis of calmness for nature-oriented people to relax and discover.

The national park extends over 1,800 km² and is located in Tyrol, Carinthia, and Salzburg. With its more than two hundred 3,000m peaks, it embodies a majestic power and at the same time tranquility.

Wide glacier fields, deep green mountain lakes, and imposing waterfalls with impressive glacial streams are the natural jewels that characterize the Hohe Tauern. Also, the cultural landscape that is surrounding the Tauern massif can also be described as stunning. For centuries, the people who live here have shaped and cared for the natural structure from the valleys up to the alpine pastures in harmony with nature.

However, not just the big wonders are fascinating – the small and inconspicuous are also waiting to be discovered. Many things become all the more impressive when you experience and know more about them.

The Hohe Tauern National Park will uplift you and at the same time bring you relaxation and fun. Just an unforgettable experience!

Glocknerpanorama at the Lucknerhaus. (c) Nationalpark Hohe Tauern/Martin Lugger

Wild untouched nature and mountain farming cultural landscape.

These are the two faces of the Hohe Tauern National Park. With 1,834 km², it is by far the largest nature reserve in the entire Alpine area. The protected area stretches across vast primeval alpine landscapes such as glaciers, rock faces, and lawns, as well as over the centuries-old carefully and laboriously tended alpine pastures.

The Hohe Tauern National Park was established in 1981 and is therefore Austria's first national park. After several years, the protected area, in which the three federal states of Carinthia, Salzburg, and Tyrol are involved, developed into the largest, in terms of area, protected natural area in the Alps.

cNPHT Lackner

(c) Hohe Tauern National Park/Hannah Assil & Michael Kastl

National Park Region Hohe Tauern East Tyrol

In harmony with untouched nature…

The Hohe Tauern East Tyrol National Park region, located south of the main Alpine ridge, is one of the most pristine landscapes in Austria. Crystal-clear water, green alpine pastures, fresh mountain air – life is still at its best here. It must have been the variety, the beauty, and the extraordinary, which ultimately gave rise to a widely connected network of hiking trails with many shelter huts, mountain inns, and snack bars. Over 1,500 km of hiking trails at all altitudes in and around the region of Grossglockner, Grossvenediger, as well as numerous mountains over three-thousand meters are available.

The more than 20 km long Kalsertal, surrounded by the mountain groups of Glockner, Schober, and Granatspitz, stretches in the northeast of the Hohe Tauern East Tyrol National Park region. There, at 1,325 m above sea level, lies the picturesque town of Kals. The important tourist resort is a popular starting point for fantastic mountain tours, especially to the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner at 3,798 m above sea level.

Whether in the Kalser Lesachtal, the Dorfertal, or in the Ködnitztal (to the Grossglockner) - Kals is a wonderful place for varied hikes and mountain tours.