266 summits, 878 km of hiking trails, 250 glaciers and all that on an area of 1,856 km2, THOSE are just some of the facts of the largest reserve in the Eastern Alps. Our region is part of the National Park Hohe Tauern, which means that experiencing nature, wonderful habitats and the breathtaking flora and fauna of the Hohe Tauern are just a few stone’s throws away from our townships. Join us on a journey through the National Park Hohe Tauern and let nature enchant you!
Who wants to miss out on the best? Hook up with a ranger in the National Park Hohe Tauern and experience the enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of natural history with which our national park rangers get to work. In summer as in winter, the National Park Hohe Tauern presents its extensive programme of ranger tours, they lead into the world of ibex, take you on wildlife feedings and impart knowledge with eventful multimedia presentations.
Nature, animals & plants
More than 10,000 species of animals and plants, which can be observed 365 days a year, the largest reserve in the Eastern Alps truly lives up to its name when it comes to fauna and flora. Evolution, migration, but certainly also displacement have led to such a many-faceted fauna feeling at home in the Hohe Tauern over the years. In addition, up to a third of all plant species found in Austria are at home in the Hohe Tauern. This synergy comes alive on hikes, as part of guided tours and ranger tours into the habitats of animals that have become rare.
Info Box: Ranger programmes
- Always with sturdy footwear and good outdoor clothing
- Good physical shape is required
- Registration always until 16:00 the day before the tour
- Nature & evening programme with multimedia presentations
- Highlight: Tour into Seebachtal/Mallnitz from July to September
- Highlight: Snowshoe trekking to the ibex
- Highlight: High mountain trekking at the Pasterze glacier trail
National park exhibition Obervellach
The natural space of the national park and the rich cultural history of Obervellach are the foundations of the national park exhibition. The Nationalpark-Explorer, a large interactive map of the region, has much to tell about nature and natural processes, and by using a large magnifier you can survey exciting daytrip destinations. History and stories from Obervellach are on offer in a second room, carrying you off into the time of the goldrush or the last ice age.
Visitor centre Mallnitz
“Univerzoom Nationalpark” is the name of the interactive exhibition in the visitor centre Mallnitz, in which the latest technology comes upon breathtaking nature. Visitors, holidaymakers and those with a thirst for knowledge embark on a journey into the wild habitat of the Hohe Tauern, and can experience the largest reserve in the Eastern Alps first-hand. Those who want to learn from nature can take part in so-called “Rangerlabs”, which are special research workshops in which you can do research, experiment and try things out together with national park rangers.
A HOHE TAUERN NATIONAL PARK FAN:
“Last summer during the summer holidays I visited the Hohe Tauern National Park for the first time. I got to watch the ibex with a Ranger, learned so much in Mallnitz visitor centre and got to see a glacier up close for the first time. I hope we go back to the Hohe Tauern on holidays this year”!