Innergschlöss in Hohe Tauern National Park, © Patrice Kunte
Innergschlöss in Hohe Tauern National Park, © Patrice Kunte

Hohe Tauern National Park

A fascinating alpine landscape, one that stretches much further than the eye can see. With a surface area of 1,856 square metres, Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest protected area in the Alps.

Forests, mountain lakes, impressive waterfalls, wild and wonderful rivers and glaciated peaks characterise the National Park landscapes, interspersed with lush alpine pastures. King Grossglockner, Austria’s highest peak at 3,798 metres above sea level, resides in splendour amongst his 200 three thousand metre high comrades, waiting to receive visitors from all over the world. Over 10,000 animal species and 1,800 plants have found perfect the perfect refuge amidst the Hohen Tauern landscapes. The region is also a place of sanctuary, relaxation and wonder for humans. The natural habitats of the National Park are best explored with a National Park Ranger during a guided tour. The National Park House in Matrei in Osttirol offers a great overview of the entire nature reserve.

National Park House Matrei in Osttirol, © Nationalpark Hohe Tauern/Gruber
National Park House Matrei in Osttirol

As the eagle’s image is reflected in the glass facade outside, all the special features of Austria’s largest nature reserve are presented with interactive exhibits inside the National Park House Guided walks with the Park Rangers start here – for example to Innergschlöss and on to the “eternal ice” of the glacier.



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Umbalfälle, Nature Trail, © Brunner Images
Umbalfälle, Nature Trail

The Isel shows just how lively an untamed glacier stream can be, with its impressive, staggered waterfalls. Umbalfälle Nature Trail takes you right alongside the misty spray of these glacial waters.



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Looking towards the Großglockner from the Lucknerhaus hut, © Alpengasthof Lucknerhaus
View of Kalser Lucknerhaus from the Grossglockner

Here, at the end of the Kals Glocknerstrasse, Austria’s highest peak seems close enough to touch. This popular mountain guesthouse is the ideal starting point for many hikes in the Hohe Tauern National Park, as well as for ascents of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner.



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Zedlacher Paradise, © Hohe Tauern National Park/Egger
Zedlacher Paradise

The 600-year-old larch forest of Zedlach in the East Tirolean Virgental Valley holds exciting discoveries in store. Seven stations along the themed trail inform visitors about the forest, its animals and interesting ecosystem. The easy round walk takes around 3 hours, with pleasant eateries such as the Wodenalm and Kräutergasthaus Strumerhof along the way.



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Glocknerhaus Kals, © Hohe Tauern National Park
Glocknerhaus Kals

Glockner Peak is only a step away from here, at least on the walk-through map at Glocknerhaus Kals. Illustrative examples of prehistoric ritualistic sites, as well as high alpine plant and animal life are also presented here.



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Nature Park Villages in the Hohe Tauern National Park

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