The easy Piller Moor Interpretive Nature Trail winds through captivating habitats containing a variety of rare plant and animal life. The trailhead is located at the Moorturm observation tower. Nothing quite captures the essence of an area than the plants and animals that call it home. Abundant wildflowers offer a rich tapestry of brilliant colour. Following the wetland boardwalk to the peat cutting site, you will spot a variety of carnivorous plants. Explore the many wonders of the Piller Moor’s natural features and cultural history at the peat extraction site.
- Piller Moor is located between Pitztal and Inntal Valleys and is considered one of the most beautiful high moors in Central Europe.
- The trail to the Moor begins a gentle climb through lush forests. Spruce, larch and pine trees flank the path that scales slowly upward. It’s home to many notable bird species such as spotted nutcrackers, chaffinches, green woodpeckers and goldcrests. Just keep your eyes open!
- Peat was extracted from the Piller Moor area until the 1970ies. Only lightly hand-dug, the area is now the Piller Moor Natural Monument, which has been restored to intact natural condition and contains many rare plant and animal species.
- Keep your eyes peeled for carnivorous plants such as sundew and bladderwort, peat mosses and many more rare plant species. If you stick around these flowers long enough, you may see a rich variety of insects, including grasshoppers, crickets, spittlebugs and dragonflies. Wolf spiders, the largest spider in Austria, and raft spiders also inhabit the Piller Moor area.
- Take your time on your way to Niedermoor and be as silent as possible in order to hear the tiniest tree rustling that might lead to a once-in-a-lifetime sighting. The most notable species in the area is the three toed woodpecker, which can only be found in montane and subalpine climates.