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
The Wildgerlostal valley is one of the most striking trough valleys that was formed during the ice age more than 10,000 years ago. At 8 km long, it is the shortest Tauern valley.
The Krimml Achental is one of the longest Tauern valleys in the entire Hohe Tauern National Park. The almost 400 m high cascades of the Krimml Waterfalls are a world-famous natural jewel.
The Felbertauern between Salzburg and East Tyrol is one of the most historic Tauern crossings in the entire Eastern Alps.
In no other of the 13 valleys of the Hohe Tauern National Park are the individual altitudinal levels of vegetation and wildlife more easily accessible than along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.
Framed by the glaciated mountains of the Tauern ridge, the panorama in Nassfeld has an impressive effect on its visitors.
The Habachtal is the best-known valley in the Hohe Tauern National Park among mineral enthusiasts. With a little luck, wild animals such as red deer, chamois and marmots can be observed.
One of the best-known highlights is the moor landscape of the Vordermoos and Hintermoos. This unique moorland landscape, along with the Kratzenbergsee lake, forms the beginning of the Hollersbach stream, which is fed by mighty springs down the valley.
The Kaprunertal at the foot of the Großes Wiesbachhorn has always had a special status among high alpinists.
The valley head of the Obersulzbachtal is one of the most pristine and imposing mountain landscapes of the entire Hohe Tauern.
The Rauris Valley with its side valleys is one of the largest municipalities in the province of Salzburg in terms of area. Known for mining, golden eagles and griffon vultures.
The natural area north of the Arlscharte is one of the most wildlife-rich sections in the eastern part of the protected area.
The Stubach Valley is one of the particularly well-developed Tauern valleys. A well-developed infrastructure makes it easy to ascend to the high alpine mountain landscape.