Goetheweg Trail, Karwendel Nature Park, © Tirol Werbung / Sebastian Schels
Goetheweg Trail, Karwendel Nature Park, © Tirol Werbung / Sebastian Schels

Karwendel Nature Park

The Karwendel Nature Park covers almost the entire Karwendel Mountains. At 727 square metres in size it is Austria's largest nature park.

With their craggy peaks, extensive forests and lush meadows, the Karwendel Mountains are famous for their wild and untouched beauty. The Karwendel Nature Park been subject to a preservation order since 1928 and is one of Europe’s oldest nature reserves. Spread over 727 square kilometres, it comprises of eleven landscape conservation areas ranging from high mountain peaks to fenlands. The primordial vegetation has remained intact and many rare animal and plant species have found an alpine version of “Noah’s Ark” here. Golden eagles, ibex, sandpipers, the German tamarisk (lowland forest plant), as well as wild orchids and ancient sycamore maple trees still flourish abundantly in this region. The birdlife is equally fascinating. During guided hikes you will discover, for example, the three-toed woodpecker, owls and woodcock.

Highlights in the Nature Park

Mondscheinspitze in the Karwendel Mountains, © Naturpark Karwendel

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Mondscheinspitze

Pertisau Mondscheinspitze

You have to be a keen hiker to climb the 2,106-metre-high Mondscheinspitze. The reward is a terrific view of the Karwendel, Rofan and Venediger Mountains, with the panorama even extending to the Zillertal Alps. If you are lucky you might even get the chance to see some wild ibex roaming past.

A Museum with a Twist

Further Activities in the Karwendel Nature Park

Nature Park Villages in the Karwendel

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