Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

diversity in the heart
of the Alps

The Hohe Tauern National Park is one of the most spectacular high mountain landscapes on planet Earth. With the Grossglockner, the Grossvenediger and the Hoher Sonnblick, you can find the highest and best known Austrian peaks here. The national park is home to the largest glacial areas of the Eastern Alps, breath-taking waterfalls, secluded mountain lakes and roaring glacial streams and rivers. Untouched nature in its core zone and the landscape of pastures and meadows cultivated by man are a good basis for the almost unbelievable biodiversity present in the heart of the Alps.

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Steinwildkolonie im Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
15,000 animal species

15,000 animal speciesHome to a third of all animal species found in Austria

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3,500 plant species

3,500 plant species(incl. lichens & algae)

Contrasting habitats ensure biodiversity

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Großglockner von Gamsgruber aus
300 summits

300 summitsexceeding 3,000 m above sea level – superlative high altitude mountain adventure




Nature uncovered



The golden eagle forms part of the Hohe Tauern National Park's coat of arms, one of many wild animal species that has adapted perfectly to the barren habitat.


Larch-stone pine forests, acres of dwarf shrub, colourful mountain meadows, lichens, fungi and an enormous variety of flowers on the scree – discover the most beautiful alpine plants in nature's botanical garden.


Diversity in a small area: Moving through the habitats from the valley right up to the summit regions in the protected area is the equivalent of undertaking a journey from Central Europe to the Arctic.

Glaciers and water

The Hohe Tauern National Park is home to the largest glacial areas of the Eastern Alps and impressive waterfalls that are amongst the highest in the world.

National park history -

the formation of the Alps



The Tauern Window is an unusual geological feature:

You can view an exciting journey through the millennia of Earth's history.


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Facts & history of the

national park


The idea to establish a protected area in the Hohe Tauern region arose at the beginning of the 20th century. The role model here was Yellowstone National Park in the USA.