At first glance, the landscape at the foot of Austria's highest mountains seems to rest under a thick blanket of snow. But at second glance it quickly becomes clear: life in the Hohe Tauern National Park holiday region goes on even in winter. Perhaps a little quieter and more restrained, but still alive and kicking. Everywhere in the snow you can find traces of wild animals, among them snow hares, black grouse, foxes, chamois or stoats. Winter is a hard time for the animals and an invitation to guests, nature lovers and families to discover their habitat in a completely new way.
Safely on the move
In flat terrain, snowshoeing is a popular alternative to normal walks, as you can also hike on deep snow. Don't forget protective gear off the walking trails, as avalanche danger lurks everywhere. To protect the animals, please keep to the designated routes (see tour plan below) and avoid protected zones.
Our tip: National Park Ranger Tours
The winter programme with National Park Rangers is aimed at the whole family and includes winter and snowshoe hikes, for example in the Rauris primeval forest, in the "cradle forest of stone pines" in the high-alpine Stubach valley or in the quiet Sulzbach valleys. On the Kitzsteinhorn, once a week a national park ranger guides you through the "National Park Gallery" in the "TOP OF SALZBURG/Gipfelwelt 3000" excursion destination at 3,029 metres above sea level, which is open all year round and accessible to all.