Hohe Tauern National Park
Nature reserve and protected alpine habitat in Zell am See-Kaprun
There where civilisation reaches its limits, where wildlife roams freely and fauna and flora create a symbiosis, where high mountains dominate and their glaciers release untamed waters that rush into the valley, creating ravines and gorges on their way downhill. There you will find the Hohe Tauern National Park. Sounds like this authentic world is in the middle of nowhere, but it is right in front of you. Austria's oldest national park starts there where the steep flanks of the Hohe Tauern reach the horizon, giving the Zell am See-Kaprun mountain and sports region its unique appearance. The Hohe Tauern are constant companions in our region. They see everything, they dominate and they emit great attraction. Can you feel it too?
The first in Austria
It is some time ago that the IUCN made the Hohe Tauern a category II nature reserve. Since then, other regions in Austria followed and have become national parks. The Hohe Tauern is the oldest national park in our country. It stretches across an area of 1.800m2 distributed across the three federal states of Salzburg, Carinthia and East Tyrol - making it also Austria's largest national park. An area of 805m2 is located in the federal state of Salzburg, making this the most alpine region in Austria. This national park is home to the country's highest summits, the largest glaciers and a wide range of attractions known across the world. But this alone has not made this recognised nature reserve famous beyond the borders. In fact, the Hohe Tauern is well-known because more than a third of Austria's diverse plant species and over half of the native animal species are at home here.
Follow us into nature
An exciting world waits beyond the borders of the Hohe Tauern National Park. It is not easily accessible for many people. Only hikers, mountaineers and alpinists would manage to advance into the alpine world of the native fauna and flora. But thanks to the management of the national park, the rangers and hiking guides, you too can experience the world of the Hohe Tauern at your fingertips. Come and join us on the tracks of the packhorses and their guides and cross the Tauern with us. Watch wildlife with the rangers and learn many interesting facts about the alpine flora. The programmes in the national park are diverse and the excursion guides are highly qualified. The high mountains are more tranquil in winter but that doesn't mean that you cannot visit the alpine world. The rangers take you on snowshoe hiking tours into the snow-covered Tauern Valleys.
National park "indoors"
The Mittersill World of National Parks invites you to learn many interesting facts about the Hohe Tauern natural region without having to leave the valley. Take a panorama flight from the perspective of an eagle. Or experience the national park at the 360° cinema - the first in the world. Marmots & Co., Tauern Treasures, Life on Alpine Pastures are just some of the exhibitions that will delight you. The National Park Gallery is located in 3.000 m above sea level, inside the mountain massif of the Kitzsteinhorn. Along the trail through the mountain towards the viewing platform you will learn many interesting facts about the formation of the mountains, the treasures of the Hohe Tauern, the permafrost and much more. And not to forget, the Kitzsteinhorn - visual landmark of the Zell am See-Kaprun region - is also in the Hohe Tauern National Park!
- 1.856 km2 of amazing natural area
- 805 km2 of this in Salzburg
- Three federal states: Salzburg, Carinthia, Tyrol
- 266 summits of over 3.000 metres in height
- 130 km2 glacier area
- 279 springs, streams, rivers
- 550 mountain lakes, 26 famous waterfalls
- 2.080 km of hiking trails in the Salzburg part
- 1984 year of foundation of the national park in Salzburg
- 1/3 of all plant species native to Austria
- Home to around 10.000 native animal species
- Alpine pastures & cultural landscape cover 35% of the area
Fancy authentic nature, high mountains and insights into the native alpine fauna and flora? Then follow our rangers and national park guides into the wild world of the Hohe Tauern and let them show you the amazing nature of the Alps.
Best you book your accommodation for your next summer or winter holiday in the Zell am See-Kaprun region and find out about the wide range of programmes, excursions and adventures now. If you have any questions about the national park, the rangers or diverse programmes, then just contact us directly. You can look forward to stunning nature in the Hohe Tauern!