Before your stay
The Hohe Tauern National Park is not only dedicated to the protection of nature, but also to the “well-being of people”. The National Park administration trusts visitors to respect nature and calls on them to behave accordingly.
In the National park area there is an excellent network of hiking paths, with the total of their routes exceeding 3,000 km. In the park you absolutely must keep to the paths, for reasons of safety and to protect the fauna and flora. Also in alpine emergencies please keep calm and stay on your path, this way it will be easier for the rescue personnel to find you!
Keep to the paths!
Please put your rubbish into your backpack and take it back to the valley where you started. Rubbish removal in high alpine areas is extremely laborious and costly.
Also do not throw any rubbish along the path in the environment. The high alpine natural landscape is an extremely complex ecosystem!
No rubbish – ever!
Throughout the National park area it is compulsory to keep dogs on lead! This applies for wild animals but also for pasture animal (cows, sheep etc.). Free running dogs cause them a high stress situation and this can lead to damages to their health!
Keep dogs on their leads!
Please consider that in the National park you are in an Alpine area! An appropriate equipment (good, sturdy footwear and weatherproof clothing) are absolutely necessary! Also in high summer, since weather conditions can change very quickly it is recommended to take warm caps and gloves in your backpack..
Good equipment required!
Never underestimate sudden changes in weather conditions, rock falls etc.! Before starting your hike get informed about weather forecast or ask local people with good mountain experience.
The weather can be dangerous!
The National park is a paradise for wild living animals. Please respect their habitat. Do not leave marked paths and avoid unnecessary noise!
Leave the wild animals in peace
Enjoy the unspoilt and pristine nature and its variety! Please leave flowers, insects und minerals where they are! (You can check the according law rules of the regional nature protection laws – for instance on endangered species)
Flowers, insects and minerals – leave them where they are!
It is forbidden to camp and light fires in the wild. In the National park municipalities there are plenty of official camping areas for visitors.
No fire and no camping in the park!
Getting up into the Hohe Tauern National Park
Good and sturdy footwear and weatherproof clothing are required in any case in the mountains, also in high summer. Please pay close attention to the weather forecast or the recommendations of the local people and do not overestimate your own abilities.
What else you need to put into your backpack?
Additional extra bag
Light headwear to protect you from the sun
Sun protective cream
Good hiking maps
Enough food and sufficient beverages
A small backpack pharmacy with a light aluminium cover and gloves – even in the summer it can get quite cold because of sudden weather changes.
If you stay in alpine huts overnight take a small mountain sleeping bag with you.
OeAV Alpine weather: Tel. 0512 291 600
Regional Alpine weather: Tel. 0900 91 156 681
Alpine Emergency Hotline
Mountain Rescue: Tel. 140
Emergency Doctor Helicopter: Tel. 144 (also rescue)
EURO Emergency Hotline: Tel. 112
Each year tragic accidents occur in the mountains – sometimes, unfortunately, there are fatalities. Three quarters of all accidents could be avoided. Often the reasons are overestimation of one’s abilities, lightness, insufficient safety measures and bad physical condition.
Here are the five most important tips. Please pay close attention to them:
1. Tour planning:
A tour in the mountains shall never be planned only when getting to the starting point but already comfortably at home. Check also alternative routes and memorise the locations of the alpine huts.
Pay attention to the weather forecast carefully, because even in high summer it may snow on high altitudes. Local people with good mountain experience (for instance hut innkeepers, alpine guides etc.) always are excellent information sources.
Good, sturdy footwear and weatherproof clothing are essential. This applies all the more the further and higher you plan to go. In any case the main thing is to drink sufficiently!
4. Technique and condition
Is your tour practicable considering your own physical conditions and that of the other participants? Are you acquainted to height (to summits from approx. 2,500 m onwards)? Drinking a lot and making sufficient breaks helps quite a lot to fortify your condition during the tour.
5. Break off the tour if necessary
If the weather changes and becomes worse or if your physical conditions decreases break off your tour! It is not a reason for shame and safety comes absolutely first!
Hiking trails (Wanderwege): in permanent habitat settlement and adjacent forests
Mountain trails (Bergwege): outside of permanent habitat settlement, mostly over the forest limit
Hiking trails (Wanderwege):
• the background colour of the boards is yellow
• in exceptional cases – when the danger is higher – these carry additional danger indications in form of pictograms (for instance rock fall, earth slide etc..)
• no alpine experience and alpine equipment is required
Mountain trails (Bergwege):
yellow background colour and usually they carry additional indications of difficulty level in red or black colour for mid-grade and difficult mountain trails
Red marked (mid-grade difficulty) trails require:
-Good and sturdy footstep of all participants involved
-Appropriate physical condition
-Good alpine equipment
Black marked (difficult ) trails require:
-The same requirements as for the red-marked trails
-All persons involved should not be subject to vertigo
For the mountain trails the yellow boards include the following additional information about difficulty levels and dangerous situations.
Red mountain trails: mid-grade difficulty
"Red mountain trails are mid-grade difficult trails – they are very clearly marked, mainly narrow, often positioned on steep slopes, partially exposed and in case of bad weather they require alpine experience. These are mountain trails with short walking stretches and partially also with short, secured climbing passages. (These are points at which you have to use your hands only.) These trails should be tackled only by very foot-sure hikers or long lasting alpine excursionists with an adequate alpine equipment ".
Black mountain trails: difficult
"Black mountain trails are difficult trails, they are very clearly marked, narrow, often positioned on very steep slopes, partially exposed and in case of bad weather they can be dangerous. These mountain trails may have also quite long and secured climbing passages (these are points at which you have to use your hands only) and for this reason they should be used strictly only by very foot-sure hikers with excellent physical conditions and who do not suffer at all from vertigo or alpine excursionists with high alpine experience and with appropriate mountain equipment".