History and future
In order to establish the national park as we know it today, a number of hurdles had to be overcome. When Yellowstone National Park was founded in the Rocky Mountains in 1872, no one could have imagined that this would lay the foundation for a global vision: the NATIONAL PARK idea.
The national park idea means preserving outstanding natural landscapes for us and future generations, and also making them tangible and experienceable for people.
In 1913, 1,100 hectares of land were purchased in the Hohe Tauern - in the Stubachtal and Amertal valleys - with the purpose of establishing a protected area here. The model was the well-known national parks already existing in the USA. The initiator was Dr. August Prinzinger, a member of the Salzburg state parliament, and the buyer was the Stuttgart-Hamburg Nature Conservation Park Association.