Hohe Tauern National Park

The largest protected area in Central Europe

1,856 km² area is a remarkable figure, especially considering the size of an alpine protected area.

The Hohe Tauern National Park extends over the three provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol and is home to a variety of remarkable animals and plants on its more than 1,800 km², which is why it is also the largest protected area in Central Europe. Immerse yourself in this fascinating world!

The Hohe Tauern National Park

You too can be...

...be enchanted by the natural space of the Hohe Tauern National Park and immerse yourself in the breathtaking world of ibex, golden eagle and co. Then become our guests and spend your next vacation in our region.


Mountain top

878 km

Hiking trails


Mountain lakes

approx. 250


Oldest national park in Austria

The largest protected area in the Alps is not the only superlative that the Hohe Tauern have to offer. Following the example of the large national parks in the USA, the governors of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol decided in the early 1970s to establish Austria's first national park in the Hohe Tauern.

Things to know about the Hohe Tauern

Animals and plants

Fauna and Flora in the Hohe Tauern National Park

Animals and plants, fauna and flora or whatever you want to call it, they really bring the Hohe Tauern National Park to life. Their symbiosis creates life in the high mountains and their coexistence in the sensitive natural area of the Hohe Tauern is the whole special experience that can be experienced here.

over 10,000

Animal species

over 3,500

Plant species

365 days/year

to watch

With open eyes through nature ...

... you should be on your way to discover the great whole of the Hohe Tauern natural area. It's not just the rough division of the landscape, the climatic differences also create a mixture of habitats that is unique in the Hohe Tauern. The interplay of forces creates the basis for a diverse flora and fauna that you can marvel at in the Hohe Tauern National Park.

The wildlife of the Hohe Tauern

The Hohe Tauern National Park is home to over 10,000 animal species. This diversity is the result of multi-layered, interesting developments - partly evolution or emergence, but very likely also immigration or displacement have led to today's populations. How the animal world deals with the harsh winters in the Hohe Tauern varies. On migrations many animals avoid the severe frost in the high mountains, others remain in the cold or hibernate.

The "Big-Five" of Hohe Tauern National Park

No, we are not talking about a big game safari in the home territory of the Hohe Tauern... However, the National Park would not be one of the most interesting habitats in the Alps if it did not have its Big Five to present. We are talking about the bearded vulture, golden eagle, ibex, marmot and chamois. If you want to see these Big-Five and experience them in the wild, you should take a closer look at the ranger programs...

Flora of the Hohe Tauern

Let's move on to the flora: the vegetation in the Hohe Tauern National Park can rightly be described as "diverse". The Hohe Tauern is home to up to one third of all plant species found in Austria. After all, the national park is not only high mountains, due to its different climatic conditions, the entire national park offers many habitats for a variety of creatures. Edelweiss , wolf lichen, the Scheuchzer wool grass or the Swiss stone pine are some well-known examples.

The habitats of the Hohe Tauern

To explain where you can find which plants in the Hohe Tauern, we divide the park into four altitudinal levels: the montane level (700 - 1,700 m) is characterized by deciduous, mixed and spruce forests. The subalpine level (1,600 - 2,300 m) is home to mainly larch-mirch forests, while in the alpine level (2,300 - 3,100 m) we find mainly alpine grasses and shrubs. In the nival stage (3,000 m and above) only distinctive specialists have a chance, which have perfectly adapted to survival at high altitude.

Visitor Centers

Exhibitions & Info Points Hohe Tauern National Park

Where you can get information, inspiration and valuable details about nature, fauna and flora, we are talking about the visitor centers, exhibitions and information points in the Hohe Tauern National Park. There are five visitor centers that present themselves around the national park region in Carinthia.

Overview of the six visitor centers

BIOS National Park Center Mallnitz

This is where state-of-the-art technology meets breathtaking nature. The interactive exhibition "univerzoom nationalpark" puts all the highlights of the Hohe Tauern at your feet. Here you start your personal journey into the wild, to animated rockfalls, into the mysterious wilderness or on a visit to the species-rich animal world of the Hohe Tauern.

The BIOS National Park Center Mallnitz is open all year round (see website for exact times). Free admission with the Kärnten Card.

"House of the ibexes" Heiligenblut

As the first visitor facility with a focus on ibex, the house invites you to enjoy a comprehensive range of information and experiences on the trail of the alpine ibex. At the heart of this offer is the exhibition "The king and his throne", which lets you dive deep into the world of the high mountains.

The Haus der Steinböcke is open from December to April and from May to October. Free admission with the Kärnten Card and Winter Kärnten Card.

Emperor Franz Josef Heights Visitor Center

This is where the Grossglockner High Alpine Road ends, but the really great nature experience in the Hohe Tauern begins. Where the Gamsgrubenweg begins, you can enjoy a sensational view of the Großglockner and the Pasterze, the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps. In addition, the highest automobile museum in the Alps, the art exhibition Alpenliebe and the adventure trail Fels und Eis (Rock and Ice) await you.

Wilhelm Swarovski Observatory

It's the view that counts here. The Wilhelm Swarovski Observatory is a unique viewing platform from which a magnificent view of the Großglockner comes into focus. With the help of optical equipment from Swarovski, there may also be opportunities to observe great animals such as ibex, marmots or golden eagles in the wild.

National Park Info Point Obervellach

Here we have a small but fine exhibition in the Oberstbergmeisteramt on the main square of the national park community of Obervellach. Hard to miss, the info point offers interactive stations that take you to interesting places in the national park. In addition, the Obervellach Info Point is dedicated to the exciting stories of the center of gold mining in Obervellach. An exciting thing for the whole family.

National Park Info Point Winklern

The information center with store and passage to the toll tower Winklern presents itself in a clear contemporary ambience. A panoramic map and hiking tips tell of the natural and cultural treasures of the region and encourage guests and visitors to venture further into the beautiful protected area and get to know it better.