Hasentalbach / Alpine Park Karwendel, © Tirol Werbung/Olaf Unverzart
Hasentalbach / Alpine Park Karwendel, © Tirol Werbung/Olaf Unverzart

Alpenpark Karwendel

The Karwendel Mountains are characterised by their wild, sublime beauty, with rocky hillsides, vast forests and lush alpine meadows.

Alpenpark Karwendel has been subject to a preservation order since 1928 and is one of Europe’s oldest nature reserves. Spread over 727 square metres, 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.

Nature Park House Hinterriss, © Alpenpark Karwendel
Nature Park House Hinterriss

Nature Park House Hinterriss adapts to the environment in contemporary fashion. The concept of the in-house museum is equally innovative, offering surprising insights into Nature Park life.

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Der Große Ahornboden - Great Sycamore-Maple Ground, © Silberregion Karwendel
Der Große Ahornboden - Great Sycamore-Maple Ground

Every single tree here is quite remarkable - and there are over 2,000 examples of over 100 year old sycamore maples. Just stop for a moment to admire the magnificence of nature, before paying a visit to the pretty alpine village of Eng!

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Halltal Valley in the Alpenpark Karwendel, © Alpenpark Karwendel/G. Haselwanter
Halltal Valley

Halltal Valley is located just north of the former salt mining city of Hall in Tirol. Those who walk up to the mansions with the disused mines should keep their eye on the edge of the trail, where, amongst others, protected orchids grow.

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Mondscheinspitze Peak in the Karwendel, © Alpenpark Karwendel
Mondscheinspitze - Moon Shine Peak

You have to be a keen climber to attempt a tour of the 2,106 metre high Mondscheinspitze. Climbers are rewarded with terrific views of the Karwendel, Rofan and Venediger Mountains, right over to the Zillertal Alps. You might even get the chance to see some wild ibex roaming past.

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View from the Hafelekar to Karwendel, © Alpenpark Karwendel
Hafelekar Cirque

Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahnen cableways transport hikers on a scenic journey up to the Hafelekar, from where Innsbruck spreads out below. You can even nod a small greeting to the „Frau Hitt“ stone landmark, as alpine choughs swoop and play in the swirling thermics.

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Nature Park Villages in the Karwendel

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