Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

Experiencing pure nature at the entrance of the National Park Hohe Tauern all around the Gasthof Siggen, exploring the ancient forests in the core zone of the national park, watching chamois and other wild animals with your binoculars, admiring the unique fauna and flora, moving closer to the marmots and make an excursion to the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. All this and much more can be part of your holiday in Neukirchen, but one holiday might not be enough!

The Untersulzbach Valley on the left and the Obersulzbachtal Valley on the right. The Gasthof Siggen is at the entrance of the Obersulzbachtal, the Grossvenediger at the end.

The National Park Hohe Tauern
NEWS: Recently the National Park Hohe Tauern has been internationally acknowledged - now you can  mention it together with Yellowstone, Serengeti, Galapagos and Mt. Everest in the same breath.
The National Park Hohe Tauern is one of the last untouched landscapes in the heart of Europe. You might imagine that everywhere else the Hohe Tauern would already be economically developed and exploited due to its richness of glaciers, water and mineral resources. That's the reason why the National Park Hohe Tauern with a total area of approximately 1,800 km² was established in order to preserve nature with certain responsibility.
Experience and enjoy the singular, the sublime and the beautiful in the National Park! Wander with open eyes and ears through cultivated and untouched land. Face the tiny and huge natural wonders of our Earth. The National Park Guides (the best educated ones in Austria) lead you and your family - no matter what age - safely through the wilderness. Take your time - time to watch patiently and time for yourself.

Kürsinger hut, the peak of Grosser Geiger in the background, Obersulzbachtal
The National Park Hohe Tauern was established 20 years ago, which was a forward-looking decision. Today the National Park is one of the most fascinating landscapes on our Earth and it is a Noah’s ark for thousands of different species of animals and plants. It is also an oasis of peace and silence for nature loving people in the heart of Europe. Austrian's highest mountain peaks (Grossglockner and Grossvenediger), vast glaciers, alpine pastures, imposing rock faces and thunderous waterfalls, but also land which has been carefully cultivated over centuries characterise the National Park's appearance.

Challenges such as our 3,000 metre peaks and adventurous hikes led by a National Park guide make you be part of an incomparable natural spectacle. Refreshed by the drizzle of a waterfall you will fully enjoy your green surrounding. The natural scenery and the world of glaciers offer unlimited room for your personal holiday impressions.

Our summer packages offer the ideal possibility for you to discover the unique nature and culture of the National Park, accompanied by an expert guide. The love for nature is probably the most important qualification you should have if you want to go on a National Park excursion. Furthermore you should bring a certain degree of reserve, patience and 'cross-country mobility'.

The valleys of the National Park are not accessible for motor vehicles, except for the National Park Taxis, which chauffeur you through the wilderness fast and comfortably. Make use of this unique service!

The National Park Hohe Tauern is an area of exceptional scenic beauty. It is a ‘primary’ landscape, which means that it has never been so seriously affected by human influences as to require restorative measures today. The very opposite is the case – there are large areas where no human being may ever have set foot. The harsh winters and the great risk of avalanches in some places, make the Hohe Tauern accessible only to a small number of highly experienced mountaineers. However, in summer the National Park shows all its diversity and beauty to the visitors. The entire area is fascination, but there are some special highlights that are absolutely worth a visit.
 
The National Park Hohe Tauern at one glance:
FACTS:
size: 1,815 km²
year of establishment: 1984
position: the so-called 3-laender corner, where Corinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol meet

Highlights:

  • Grossglockner, Austrian's highest mountain: 3,798 m
  • Pasterze: Austrian's largest glacier tongue, with 9 km length
  • Krimml Waterfalls, the highest in Europe: height 380 m
  • more than 10,000  different species of animals
  • numerous wildly romantic valleys
  • uncountable waterfalls and mountain streams