Wherever you cast your gaze as you hike through the Hohe Tauern National Park holiday region you will be delighted by the beauty of its scenery. The picturesque towns and villages along the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, from Krimml to Zell am See, present themselves to the hiker.
The poster child of the idyllic national park community are the natural spectacle that are the Krimml Waterfalls - the largest waterfalls in Europe! There is plenty to experience and discover in the waterfall community, which is also the starting point of the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail and the over 330-kilometres long Tauern Cycle Path. There is something very special about going on a voyage of discovery that is shaped by the element of water - through the Krimml, Water Worlds, the Krimml Festival Park with its mighty water organ, the Leitenkammer Gorge and the wild and romantic Krimml Achen Valley with its beautiful alpine pastures and refuges. An extensive network of paths at all altitudes guarantees wonderful hiking and biking tours at all levels of difficulty. Young and old will find fun and action when visiting the village market or the FallKino cinema, at the many traditional and musical events or at the sports leisure park.
Don't miss: The Water Festival in the Festival Park takes place several times a day.
The small national park municipality of Wald is situated at the foot of the Gerlos Pass, and the alpine village of Königsleiten directly on the Gerlos Pass on the border to Tyrol. In the summer, active holidaymakers can enjoy more than 200 kilometres of marked hiking trails and countless mountain bike trails. Wald/Königsleiten is a mobility municipality which provides its guests with e-bikes to explore the countryside.
Guided mountain and bike tours through the delightful countryside are always a special experience, such as the Yodelling Hike in Königsleiten, which also includes a short yodelling course. The Quellenweg spring trail into the Salzach valley to the source of the Salzach is another highlight. Here, different stations inform the hiker about the topic of WATER! The open air concert with farmer's market is great for music lovers and foodies, and kids will love the children's programme.
Situated at 856 metres above sea level in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the pretty market town of Neukirchen am Großvenediger is the perfect holiday destination for nature lovers. Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Austria's highest mountains, such as its namesake, the Großvenediger, the highest in Salzburg with its impressive 3,657 metres above sea level. There is a reason why the Wildkogel with its varied high-altitude hiking area at over 2100 metres above sea level is considered one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains. You can take the Wildkogelbahn railway from Neukirchen up to 2100 metres altitude (included with the National Park Summer Card). The panorama path and slide path (10 stainless steel slides 27 - 53 metres long) is popular with big and small hikers alike. Here you disappear into tubes, dive into troughs and dash over waves. The slide with free-fall effect easily elicits cries of surprise, or a "Juchizer" as the people in Pinzgau call it. You will not miss out on delicious regional delicacies during your long-distance hiking holiday either, with rustic alpine pastures and alpine inns inviting you to take a break and recharge your batteries. You will find comfortable accommodation in all categories, from family-run bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels, many of which are partner companies of the National Park Summer Card.
The emerald village of Bramberg located at 819 metres above sea level captivates with its attractive villagescape, pretty farms and beautiful districts. The picturesque Habach valley has a famous emerald discovery site, which is unique in Europe and attracts many hobby mineralogists every year. In the summer the Habachtal valley hosts weekly mineral excursions, and who knows, perhaps you'll come back loaded. After Easter and on 15 August each year, you can join events for mineral lovers, giving you the chance to admire the finds from the previous season. The minerals of the Hohe Tauern treasure trove can be admired in the Bramberg Museum in the National Park exhibition "Emeralds & Crystals" all the year round. In Bramberg am Wildkogel you can look forward to the stunning views of the many 3000-metre summits of the Hohe Tauern National Park which surround the idyllic holiday resort, and of course the hospitality of the people of Pinzgau. The Smaragdbahn cable car, which starts in Bramberg, takes you up to the high-altitude hiking area of Wildkogel at an altitude of over 2100 metres. Enjoy warm hospitality in accommodations of all categories, many of which are partner businesses of the National Park Summer Card.
The small village of Hollersbach in the Salzach valley owes its name to the elderberry bushes at the edge of the valley. Now affectionately described as a village of herbs, art and culture, Hollersbach im Pinzgau was first mentioned in documents in the 12th century.
Many of the buildings in the village centre can look back on this long history - especially the Klausnerhaus building. Originally a farmhouse, the listed building now hosts events such as weddings, seminars and cooking classes. The Hollersbach herb garden is located directly behind the Klausnerhaus building. There are regular guided tours, and plenty of souvenirs to choose from in the small shop, which sells teas, soaps and herbal salts. The bee trail at the Hollersbach's Sonnberg offers even more educational input.
Mittersill has always been popular because of its central location directly on the Salzach, between Pass Thurn and Felbertauern. This made the former municipality an economic and educational centre of the Upper Pinzgau.
Today, visitors to the National Park Centre often have the opportunity to get to know the Hohe Tauern National Park from a completely new perspective and to understand the connections between people, animals and nature. Culture lovers will find three churches worth seeing as well as the local history museum in the Felberturm tower, which tells you all about the history of the mule trade, among other things. The town, which is still just as cosy as a small village, also boasts shops as well as many restaurants and cafés.
Tips for an all-round successful stay: Not only the National Park Center directly at the ornamental pond, but also the Felberturm Museum is worth a visit. The outdoor swimming pool beside the sports field offers cooling on hot days. Fish specialties from own waters and freshly tapped beer from own brewery are available at Hotel Bräurup.
Stuhlfelden lies at the foot of the Gaisstein (2,363 m), the highest peak of the Pinzgau Grasberge mountains. The fact that the summit cross is actually in Tyrol is what we call a not-very-well-kept secret.
As the first archery village in Europe, Stuhlfelden has attracted archers from all over the world since 2003. In addition to the ranges in the woods around the village, there is also an indoor hall. Perfect for those who don't want to put down their bow and arrow in the winter either. In the summer, you can visit the Hohe Tauern National Park golf course. Here, aiming accuracy is at least as important as it is in archery. But instead of forest and trees, you enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding peaks.
Relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside! Surrounded by a magnificent world of mountains, Uttendorf/Weißsee impresses with a wide range of hiking and biking trails. Other highlights include the adventure swimming lake (50,000 square metres) with water slide, iceberg, children's area, boulder park, tennis court, football pitch, inline skating and volleyball courts and much more, the prehistoric Celtic village at Stoanabichl (gain a new perspective on millennia of history), climbing routes, a 3D archery course, a varied weekly programme and many other attractions. The inner Stubach valley is part of the Hohe Tauern National Park with its pristine and beautiful mountain lakes. The Weißsee Gletscherwelt glacier region opens up a high alpine world of experience with unforgettable tours of all levels of difficulty.
Its many different mountains and lakes make Uttendorf/Weißsee diverse and unique!
Niedernsill - the holiday village certified with the "Österreichs Wanderdörfer" label offers many possibilities for active leisure. Enjoy hours of energetic exercise, such as hiking in 3 dimensions or pedalling along the diverse cycling and mountain bike routes. The natural bathing lake with its spacious sunbathing lawns is THE attraction for water rats of all ages. The adjacent recreational area with its Kneipp facilities, children's playground and much more is perfect for relaxing, fun and games.
You are now certain to enjoy a varied holiday in Niedernsill. The Noriker Museum, designed according to the latest findings and museum educational guidelines, teaches you all about the natural and cultural history of horses and humans in the Hohe Tauern National Park. The dialect archive collects everything it can on our regional dialect in the Hohe Tauern National Park region - including the Mitterpinzgau and Pongau regions and all the way to Pass Lueg.
Nestled on the sunny side between Zell am See and Kaprun, Piesendorf has been awarded the hiking seal of approval and is thus s certified "Österreichisches Wanderdorf". It is ideally suited as a starting point for excursions and long bike and hiking tours from the Kitzbühel Alps to the Hohe Tauern.
The Hinkelsteinbad pool complex is an attractive leisure paradise on hot summer days. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and a great place to relax and feel truly free. And don't forget to take a long walk to the sacred Naglköpfl, because here the motto is: Head for the natural powerhouse, become a nature lover and enjoy a touch of what we have in abundance here - invigorating fresh mountain air.
Glaciers, mountains and lake - the Austrian year-round holiday region Zell am See-Kaprun boasts everything the Alps have to offer. This unique natural paradise on the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park is perfect in summer and in winter for sports enthusiasts, active holidaymakers, families and those looking to relax. These includes the 3,000-metre summits on the Kitzsteinhorn, the only glacier ski area in Salzburger Land, the Maiskogel family area, the Schmittenhöhe panorama and family mountain, as well as Lake Zell and the multiple award-winning 36-hole golf course.
Zell am See-Kaprun is one of the most attractive winter sports regions in Austria. Thanks to the Ski ALPIN CARD ticket network, winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy 408 kilometres of pistes including the glacier with a single ski pass. Tradition and authenticity are also reflected in the events and culinary delicacies of the region.