National Park Hohe Tauern

The Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest national park in Austria. It covers large parts of the central alpine main ridge of the Eastern Alps in Austria in the Hohe Tauern between the sources of the Isel, Möll, Mur and Salzach River and extends over 100 km from east to west and 40 km from north to south. He has in an area of over 1,800 km² share of the Austrian states of Salzburg, Tyrol and Carinthia.
Characteristic of the Hohe Tauern National Park are extensive glacier fields (approximately 130 km²), glacially shaped valleys with impressive valley heads, powerful alluvial and mudflow cone, alpine grass and shrub communities, but also extensive forests with larch, spruce and pine.
The Hohe Tauern National Park was founded in 1981 and was recognized in 2006 by the World Conservation Union IUCN protected area category II (National Park). In 2003, it should become a part of UNESCO World Heritage ,but the application was withdrawn by the Austrian Government.

    The area is located:

  • • in Salzburg in the communities Krimml, Wald im Pinzgau, Neukirchen, Bramberg, Hollersbach, Mittersill, Uttendorf, Kaprun, Fusch, Rauris, Bad Gastein, Huettschlag and Muhr,

  • • in Tyrol in Doelsach, Hopfgarten in Defereggen Iselsberg-Stronach, Kals am Grossglockner Matrei in East Tyrol, Nussdorf-Debant, Prägraten, Sankt Jakob in Defereggen, St. Veit in Defereggen, Virgen (all in East Tyrol) and

  • • in Carinthia in the communities Heiligenblut am Grossglockner, Großkirchheim, Mörtschach, Winklern, Mallnitz, Obervellach and Malta

The National Park Hohe Tauern, such as the National Park concept intends to be freely available to everyone: prohibition notices may not be found - in confidence with nature and its protection enshrined in the sense of responsibility of each individual. It combines a rich excursion and experience offer of the Hohe Tauern, both to illustrate the meaning and purpose of this park, as well as to represent the concept of environmental protection as a whole. It also offers its own nature tours, special excursions, trekking, snowclimbing, lectures, visitor centers and exhibitions.

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