Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

educational nature trail

The Gamsgrubenweg trail (2,400 m) is a high Alpine trail which is not excessively steep and yet offers a broad audience with a breath-taking view of the mountain scenery around Mt. Großglockner. This educational themed trail will take you on a journey through the mysterious treasure tunnels and also teach you about the unique flora and fauna of the area.

For safety reasons the Gamsgruben Trail has had to be closed to visitors as a precaution from the end of the 6th tunnel onwards in the area of the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. This is due to the increased risk of rockfall in that area at present.



  • This themed educational nature trail starts at a trail overview point at the tunnel portal at Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. After a few steps, we will discover multilingual information boards full of legends about the Pasterze glacier and the mountain names of the surrounding area. Between the individual tunnels you will have the chance to take a glimpse of the magnificent scenery on the opposite side, especially of Mt. Großglockner. In the second part of the tunnel system, you will learn fascinating stories about gold, water and rock crystal – some of the most precious treasures of the Alps. The so called “water organ” and a series of further surprises will make you stand and watch in awe. Once we leave the last tunnel behind us, we will hike up a not too steep slope towards the Wasserfallwinkel view point, where you will be awarded with a stunning view of the highest mountain in Austria and the longest glacier of the Eastern Alps.

    If we are lucky, we might even spot a marmot or an ibex along the way. The Wasserfallwinkel view point marks the final station of the themed trail and is the perfect place to sit and rest and have a snack or drink. Make sure to take the time to take in the magnificent beauty of the mountain panorama around you before you walk back to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe.



    Opposite of Mt. Großglockner and above the Pasterze glacier you will see the Gamsgrube, a small but high valley at the foot of the Fuscher-Kar-Kopf cirque. The inland dunes made from airborne sand found in this cirque have a height of up to three metres and provide habitat for a very unique flora and fauna which can only be found there, in Central Asia, Arctic America, Iceland, Spitsbergen and Greenland, thanks to very special climatic conditions. Since the Gamsgrube is a Special Protection Area within the Hohe Tauern National Park, it is under strict protection. 

    Important information:

    We recommend sturdy shoes, warm and weather-resistant clothing, sun protection and a backpack with snacks and drinks. There are places to buy food and drinks at the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe.

    Suitable for children from the age of 6.

    Dogs are permitted on a leash.

    Anmeldung und Information:


    9844 Heiligenblut, meeting point: Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe Visitor Centre – Information point 



    daily, from July 13th 2020 to September 27th 2020

    and on Oktober 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, 11.00 a.m.



    approx. 2.5 hours



    Free of charge!



    required for groups until 4 p.m. the day before the latest!

    Tel: +43 (0) 4825 / 6161

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  • With the car

    From the municipality of Heiligenblut (Carinthia) or the municipality of Fusch (Salzburg) via Großglockner-high-alpine-road to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. Parking is available at a parking garage. 3-minute walking distance to the meeting point at Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe Visitor Centre – Information point.


    With public transport

    Please check the availability of buses and trains on the website of the ÖBB: 

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