Hohe Tauern National Park

In Bruck Fusch, nestling in the National Park, the highest summits are waiting for you, so too are the loveliest waterfalls, the mightiest glaciers, the clearest lakes and streams, the most majestic animals in the Alpine area. It is all of this that makes the Hohe Tauern National Park what is is – a paradise on earth. The unspoilt natural surroundings in the core area along with the cultural landscape provided by the Alpine and mountain pastures - shaped by people - provide a wonderful base for an almost unbelievable wealth of species in the heart of the Alps. The Hohe Tauern National Park is without a doubt one of the most superb high mountain landscapes in the high mountains.

Experience National Park

Visit the most impressive National Park in the world and enjoy what often seems like a seemingly endless sea of summits. Did you know that the park has more than 300 mountain summits that go beyond 3000 metres, providing a panorama that is beyond compare? The Hohe Tauern National Park has a world full of surprises in store for you. Out on tours with National Park Rangers and in the visitor centres you will be amazed. Interactive visitor and educational features (themed routes, exhibits, educational buildings etc.), make a visit to the conservation area not just an adventure, but an educational experience too. Immerse yourself in an endless and majestic realm of glaciers - a true paradise for those of you who have an interest in nature and keen hikers

Details and Facts

  • Spanning 1856 km² it is the largest conservation area in the Alps and the biggest National Park in Central Europe
  • The conservation area spans three federal states: Salzburg, Tirol and Carinthia
  • The Salzburg section of this state-spanning National Park covers 805 km², which is 80,500 hectares
  • The east-west stretch spans some 100 km, while the north-south stretch spans some 40 km
  • 266 three-thousand metre mountains, a 130 km² glacier area
  • 550 lakes and 279 streams create a kingdom of water
  • In 1967 Krimml Waterfalls were awarded the European Diploma in conservation
  • Along with the original natural landscape in the core zone, the outer zone has retained a cultural landscape spanning centuries
  • All the significant Alpine eco systems are extensive and in an unspoilt state. Valleys formed in the Ice Age with impressive valley heads, mighty alluvial and talus cones, Alpine grass and shrub heather, forests of larch, spruce and Swiss pine, along with unspoilt glacial streams characterise the landscape in the National Park
  • The Hohe Tauern window is one of the world's most impressive tectonic features
  • The golden eagle, bearded culture, European griffon, marmot, chamois, ibex and many others are native to this area
  • More than a third of all the plant species and more than half of all the amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that are in Austria can be found in the Hohe Tauern National Park
  • Over 220 different minerals – from mountain crystal to emeralds – feature among the crystal treasures of the Hohe Tauern
  • Anyone who hikes from the valley area in the Hohe Tauern National Park to the highest summits, crosses altitudinal belts that feature all the climatic zones from Central Europe to the Arctic

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Hohe Tauern National Park holiday region

The Hohe Tauern National Park holiday region spans the Krimml waterfalls, which incidentally, is the highest in Europe, right into Gasteinertal with its healing spring waters. The most exciting excursion destinations in the country, a well-tended natural and cultural landscape and the highest summits in Austria are located here. Experience the National Park in the National Park Centre, or head right into this impressive landscape direct via cable cars or on the excursion routes. Bruck and Fusch are located right in the centre of this region and the Grossglockner High Alpine Road takes you direct to the foot of the Grossglockner. 

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National Park Centre

The Hohe Tauern National Park which has the highest summits in Austria and its inhabitants such as ibex, chamois and the snow vole seem within touching distance in the National Park Centre in Mittersill. Ten stations in the 1800 m² adventure realm are there waiting to be explored.

The National Park Centre in the Hohe Tauern National Park holiday region is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail

At eye level with Austria's highest mountains
The Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail offers a long-distance hiking experience in a class of its own. The route with 17 stages leads from the Krimml Waterfalls to Hüttschlag and opens up breathtaking views of Austria's highest mountains. Along the way are natural spectacles, exhibitions worth seeing, picturesque National Park towns and attractive excursion destinations. The use of cablecars or practical shuttle services at the stage destinations as well as a bookable luggage transfer offer maximum comfort. 

Hohe Tauern Blicke

Hohe Tauern Blicke

Hohe Tauern panorama trail

Hohe Tauern panorama trail