The High Tauern (Hohe Tauern) is Austria’s largest national park, located in the heart of the Austrian Alps. The park boasts an impressive 1,800 square kilometers of stunning mountain scenery, featuring towering peaks, sprawling glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes.
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Visitors can immerse themselves in the park’s pristine wilderness by exploring its many hiking trails, skiing slopes, and wildlife watching opportunities. High Tauern is also home to charming alpine villages, each with its own unique culture and traditions.
Along 100 kilometres (62 mi) of the main chain stretches the High Tauern National Park, to which the Austrian Alpine Club as freeholder and the three states of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol have contributed territory.
The crest forms the southern border of the Austrian states of Salzburg, Carinthia and East Tyrol, with a small part in the southwest belongs to the Italian province of South Tyrol.
It is by far the largest of Austria’s seven national parks as well as the largest nature reserve in the Alps. The best-known mountain pass road of the High Tauern is the scenic Grossglockner High Alpine Road inaugurated in 1935.
Never forget that you are high on the mountains, and are subject to rapidly changing weather that can go quickly from being good to very bad. Make sure that you have adequate clothing, including rainy weather gear, and good shoes. Mountain rescuers have found that overconfidence is the most common cause of accidents. Sunscreen and plenty of water are important to have on hand.
Hiking – Hohe Tauern National Park
Expansive glaciers, steep flanks, green mountain lakes, impressive waterfalls and in between a dense network of hiking routes and mountain paths – these are just waiting to be tackled and experienced by you. Hiking in the Hohe Tauern National Park, a voyage of discovery in Austria’s most impressive natural area.