Embedded in the majestic mountain chains of the Lechtal and Allgäu Alps, there is the Tiroler Lech Nature Park.
Image gallery: Nature Park Tiroler Lech
The Tiroler Lech Nature Park has been inaugurated in 2004. It extends in the northern Limestone Alps and includes a surface of about 41 sqkm, ranging from the municipality of Steeg to Vils at the South German border. This protected area is perfectly embedded between the Lechtal and Allgäu Alps.
The Lechtal valley is one of the last near-natural alpine river valleys of Austria. The core of this valley is of course the azure blue wild river Lech, which due to its natural dynamic has created a wide riverbed as well as huge gravel bars. The riverbank is characterised by a huge number of botanic and zoologic rarities. So far about 1,160 flowering plants have been proved, 392 plant species are at risk of extinction, e.g. the German tamarisk or the blurush. Also rare animal species, as for instance natterjacks, have their natural habitat in the nature park. Moreover this protected area is characterised by a 17 m high bird observation tower, which enables you to get an insight into the living environment of a large number of birds, living in ponds and bodies of standing water.
Also wide alluvial forests characterise the landscape of the Tiroler Lech Nature Park and represent one of the last refuges for many animal and plant species. Furthermore a number of hiking paths snake their way across the protected area. Also panoramic viewpoints and information on the Tiroler Lech Nature Park are provided. A perfect place to enjoy nature and to relax!
Nature park since: 2004
Surface: 41 sqkm
Peculiarities: “Natura2000″ area, largest connected protected area in the valley areas of Tyrol, wild water areas are the most threatened landscapes of Central Europe