Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

with Grossglockner and Glockner panorama

Hohe Tauern forms the roof of Austria. Out of a fabulous sea of peaks, the Grossglockner rises with its 3,798 metres into the sky, the highest mountain in Austria. In the Ködnitztal (Ködnitz valley), it is in touching distance. It is easy to observe powerful ibex, marmots, and golden eagles directly at the summit, and if you are lucky you may even get a photograph of them. As the starting point for family walks but also for the ascent of the Grossglockner, the valley is both a hiking paradise and recreational area.
At the "Glocknerwinkel" visitor centre with its exhibition about the "Big Five" (golden eagles, bearded vulture, chamois, ibex and marmot), National Park rangers explain to visitors about the natural features and other attractions in the Ködnitztal.

  • Trail description:   
    Many walks start at the new "Glocknerwinkel" visitor centre at the end of the toll road to Lucknerhaus. One option is to explore the family-friendly hiking trail to the Lucknerhütte (Luckner hut) via the 'Glockner traces – mountain philosophy' trail in the Hohe Tauern National Park. From there, a mountain trail will take you across the flower strewn Speikleiten slopes, surrounded by magnificent rocky mountains and in sight of the Grossglockner, always going higher towards the Stüdlhütte (Stüdl hut) (challenging). Rangers can provide visitors with more information about other hiking opportunities in the Ködnitz valley.


    Starting point: 
    Lucknerhaus car park (subject to charges), 9981 Kals a. Grossglockner


    Arriving by public transport: 
    In the summer months, the National Park 'Wanderbus' goes as far as Lucknerhaus. 


    Level of difficulty: 
    Easy hike to Lucknerhütte (Luckner hut) –

    Challenging from Lucknerhütte (Luckner hut) – sure-footedness necessary


    Metres of climbing / walking time (to Stüdlhütte):
    900 m / 6 hrs (there and back)


    Opening times: 
    Spring to autumn


    "Glocknerwinkel" visitor centre; Vegetation grown in proglacial area of glacier; mountain meadows; marmots; ibex; eagles; bearded vultures; chamois


    Refreshment points:        
    Lucknerhaus, Lucknerhütte, Stüdlhütte


    National Park House Matrei

    Kirchplatz 2

    9971 Matrei / AUSTRIA 

    Phone: +43 (0) 4875 5161 10

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