Hiking holidays in the Hohe Tauern national park
The Alpen-country Austria is inseparably connected with the picture of hiking trips in unique landscape. And this matchless landscape can be found in Austria’s largest national park, the Hohe Tauern national park, which was founded in 1981 and covers more than 1850 square kilometers. The main part of the park is located in the federal state of Salzburg, but it reaches out to Kärnten and Tirol as well.
Vast alpine moorlands with grass and shrubbery fade to spacious coniferous forests only to be interjected by dark blue mountain lakes and brawly waterfalls. Deep valleys and high mountains are witnesses of the last ice age and the sight of broad glaciers, which cover 130 square kilometers, let you think of times long ago.
Plants and animals
In this diversified landscape, there are many things to discover. The Hohe Tauern national park is best to be explored by foot. In his center, where two of the highest mountains throughout Austria, the 3798 m Großglockner and the 3662 m Großvenediger attract the viewers attention, nature is protected strictly. That is why a unique biodiversity was able to be conserved, which brings joy to every wanderer’s heart.
Hiking holidays in Austria and especially in Hohe Tauern are also giving the opportunity to see the "Big-Five" of the Alps, because chamois and Capricorns are still quite common and the golden eagle also likes to circle in the steel blue sky, though the biggest feature are the griffon vulture and the bearded vulture. The fact that Hohe Tauern is the only place in all of Europe, where you can see the griffon vulture, makes holiday in the Salzburger Land very special indeed.
Places to stay overnight
Ideal initial points for either long or short trips are the smaller or bigger localities on the brink of the park. Kaprun for example attracts with his unmatched charm of a typical Austrian mountain village and with the Hotel Tauernhof, where you can even borrow hiking equipment. With a hotel's own Guide special Routes to the most beautiful places in the park can be explored. And for those who prefer to hike on their own, the hotel provides a map of trails.
Something for everybody
Beside manifold hiking routes the Hohe Tauern national park offers something for mountain bike enthusiasts and normal bikers (like the Alpe-Adria-bicycle route), for water rats (with Kanu tours on the river Drau), for adrenalin junkies (rafting and canyoning) as well as for mountain climbers. And you can also just slow down and relax. The view of the mountains and valleys satisfies the desire for an ideal world and inseparably connects you with the region. Holidays in Salzburger Land and especially in Hohe Tauern national park are something very special.