A journey into the heart of the National Park Hohe Tauern National Park is the biggest nature conservation area in central Europe and is one of the most superb high mountain landscapes on earth. Along with unique natural treasures and real energy-filled spaces you will find exciting exhibitions here in the National Park centers and enjoy lovely encounters in the 20 National Park towns. Meandering through the heart of the National Park is probably the most famous high Alpine experience road in the Alps – the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Passing breath-taking views, whistling marmots and Alpine meadows in full bloom – right up to the highest mountain in Austria, the 3798 metre Grossglockner! 

Hohe Tauern National Park

Breath-taking nature in crystal-clear figures

Primval nature

1.856 km² unspoilt natural surroundings for plants, animals and people  

Plant kingdom

Habitat for 3500 plants as a basis for maintaining the variety of species

Animal diversity

Habitat for 15,000 species = a third of all the species that are found in Austria

3,000 meter region

300 summits above 3000 m = an extra special high mountain experience

Glocknerstrasse, landscape from Hochtor to Mittertoerl and on to Edelweiss peak | © grossglockner.at/Michael Königshofer

Inspiring variety in the heart of the Alps

With its inimitable landscape of unspoilt, primitive woodlands, 279 streams and 550 lakes, Hohe Tauern National Park opens up unimagined perspectives to its visitors. With the Grossglockner, the Grossvenediger and the Hoher Sonnblick, the highest and best-known summits in Austria in the Hohe Tauern National Park. And the Grossglockner High Alpine Road proceeds straight to the foot of the highest mountain in Austria and to the Pasterze Glacier. Did you know that Hohe Tauern National Park has the largest area of glaciers in the East Alps, breath-taking waterfalls, tranquil mountain lakes and thundering glacier streams? The unspoilt natural surroundings in the core area and the cultural landscape of the Alpine pastures and mountain meadows shaped by humans form the basis for an unbelievable wealth of species in the heart of the Alps.

The National Park’s duty is to protect this unique eco system and its inspiring wilderness in the middle of Europe, research it and pass on the knowledge to generations to come. Read all about the story of the Hohe Tauern National Park here.  

Pure nature

along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road 

With its woodlands, meadows and rocky hillsides, the region around the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is home to many animals and plants. So you will often counter animals, for instance whistling marmots. Yet golden eagles and vultures and impressive ibex live here too. As you take a breather in a flower-filled meadow, the rare Apollo butterfly might well land on the tip of your nose and the Alpine bumble bee flies from blossom to blossom. Fluffy sheep, goats and cows spend the summer on the Alpine pastures along the road

Just enjoy the nature!

Explore the natural surroundings with National Park rangers 

Tours with National Park rangers are offered throughout the Hohe Tauern National Park. They know their respective region like the back of their hand – for instance, the natural surroundings around Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, which guests visiting the Grossglockner High Alpine Road can explore alongside rangers while out on daily hikes. All dates and information about a free and guided hike with National Park rangers can be found here. You will also be accompanied by a National Park ranger during a trip in the Glocknerbus making your journey pass more quickly with interesting information about the natural surroundings etc.

Hiker with national park ranger, view of Grossglockner | © grossglockner.at/Michael Königshofer
A common cause: the Hohe Tauern National Park region projekt team

In the Hohe Tauern National Park region project team the National Park regions of Salzburg, Carinthia and East Tyrol, synchronise their marketing activities with Grossglockner Hochalpenstrassen AG and implement them together. It is the administrative body for the Leader Programme of the Hohe Tauern National Park Leader area, which includes 19 districts in the southwest of the federal state of Salzburg and on the border in Carinthia. ARGE was set up in 1994 and serves as a hub for development in the region.