Valleys & Peak

High up in the Hohe Tauern National Park

Imposing valleys, alpine landscape, natural forests and the highest peaks in Austria are waiting to be discovered. 

The Hohe Tauern National Park in its entirety (1,856 km2) represents the largest protected, contiguous and transnational natural and cultural space in the Alps. In the interaction between the core zone and the surrounding outer zone, the extraordinary connection of the unique natural space with an outstanding cultural landscape in terms of landscape aesthetics takes place.

The protected area is an outstanding testimony to Alpine mountain building, shaped by ice ages, traces of important geological and geomorphological processes with a diverse wealth of forms. The geological peculiarities of the Tauern Window, the different rocks and soils as well as the broad climatic spectrum, from oceanic to continental, create a biological and ecological diversity.

Discover and explore the National Park valleys