National Park Hohe Tauern
The largest national park of Austria includes Tyrolean, Carinthian and Salzburg territories.
Image gallery: National Park Hohe Tauern
The Hohe Tauern National Park was founded in 1981. Comprising a surface of 1,800 sqkm it is the largest national park of Middle Europe and includes parts of the central Alpine devide of the Eastern Alps in the area of the Hohe Tauern mountain range. In the centre of the national park, there are some of the highest mountains of Austria, e.g. the Grossglockner (3,798 m asl) as well as the Grossvenediger mountain (3,662 m asl). Outer areas are mainly characterised by alpine pastures and meadows that are rich in species, some of which are in danger of extiction. Representers of the world of animals and plants are the lammergeier, the Alpine salamander, the Bouquetin as well as the glacier buttercup and the willow. One of the main goals of the national park is to protect these endangered species.
However, some of the most popular places in the national park are the Krimmler and Umbalfälle waterfalls, the Glacial Educational Path Innergschlöss in Matrei in Osttirol, the Grossglockner high alpine road as well as the astronomical observatory in Königsleiten. Also glaciers, high mountains, lovely lakes and an intact flora and fauna characterise the landscape. Theme hikes are always guided by competent experts, who put emphasis on a common nature experience.
The national park also features three visitors’ centres: the centre in Matrei in Osttirol makes visitors marvel and experience. Beside an information and service centre there are also some interactive highlights to be discovered. The visitors’ centre Bios takes visitors on a journey into the world of fascinating natural phenomenons. The nature park centre Mittersill makes the visitors hover above some of the most beautiful sceneries of the national park and also offers an insight into the exciting world of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
National park since: 1981
Surface: 1,836 sqkm
Peculiarities: the only wildlife Eurasian griffon population of the East Alps, the largest self-contained Swiss pine tree forest of the East Alps, the first water educational trail of Europe