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“Adventure Mountain & Nature” – Hiking in the national park

03/05/2020

A hiking holiday in a national park is a special experience: With 266 three-thousand-metre peaks and 342 glaciers, nature in the 20 townships and 13 valleys of the holiday region Hohe Tauern Na-tional Park play an overtopping role. The largest nature reserve in Central Europe beckons to dis-cover its secrets and treasures on sublime hikes, and to experience true adventures. The range of activities spans from family-friendly walks across alpine pastures to natural history excursions, and all the way to high alpine mountain tours in the glacier zone. Hiking is individually or in the company of an experienced national park ranger, who can open visitors’ eyes to the fascinating natural landscapes of the earth and their beauty.

Mightily the 3,798 m high Grossglockner – the highest mountain in Austria – protectively spreads its slopes across the Hohe Tauern National Park. Impressively the vultures circle above Rauris’ Krumltal Valley, the glacier wind blowing cool from Schmiedingerkees glacial area on Salzburg’s highest viewing platform, the Krimml Waterfalls dropping hundreds of metres down with a mighty roar. Around the 120 alpine pastures in the Hohe Tauern National Park, meanwhile, the melodic chime of cowbells sets the tone. On the way there, huckleberries are nibbled hand to mouth and in many a stream fool’s gold sparkles in the refreshing waters.

Wherever you turn your eyes when hiking in the holiday region Holiday Region National Park, the beauty of this landscape opens up everywhere, delighting not only nature lovers. Because in a historical regard, the Hohen Tauern are also a true treasure trove: They are an ancient Celtic settlement area, the mule tracks bear witness to the arduous trade in goods across the Alps and miners dug for emeralds, gold and silver here for many centuries.

Every valley an experience unto itself

The holiday region Hohe Tauern National Park can be explored on foot on optimally signposted trails of various levels of difficulty. Be it crossing the entire mountain range, wildlife watching or geological excursions – the range of options is rich and varied. The network of hiking trails leads from the peripheral zone, in which a cultural landscape maintained for centuries is being preserved, all the way into the core zone of the national park with its pristine natural landscape.

In the best of company: The national park rangers are the first port of call for hikers

To provide a better understanding of the special features as well as the ecological, sociocultural and economic interrelationships around the Hohe Tauern National Park, there are numerous, interactive visitor and educational facilities such as theme trails, exhibitions, etc., but also a wide range of options with national park rangers.

The national park rangers are the first port of call for hikers and holiday guests in the valleys. From 13 July to 11 September 2020, they can be found Monday to Friday in the info-booths at the valley entrances. They provide maps, answer questions and give hiking tips. The free tour-app also comes in handy with many recommendations: It includes a topographic hiking map (scale 1: 25,000) as well as tours for hikers, details about huts and lodges, viewpoints, inns and leisure facilities. It can be downloaded in advance and used off-line.

Summer programme 2020 – on discovery tour with the national park rangers

The national park management offers a number of excursions for interested visitors during the summer months: The summer programme is aimed both at adults as well as children and includes tours of various degrees of difficulty. Such as the new “Kitzsteinhorn Explorer Tour” with the new 3K-Konnection from Kaprun up to Kitzsteinhorn, the excursion “Lords of the skies” about the bearded and griffon vultures in Rauris’ Krumltal Valley or a “Journey into the Arctic” in Uttendorf as well as special and customised tours. Joining the excursions is free for holiday makers with a valid guest card or with the “Nationalpark Summercard”.

More adventures with the Nationalpark Summercard 2020

Holiday guests, who stay overnight in participating partner establishments in the holiday region Hohe Tauern National Park, will receive the “Nationalpark Summercard” from their hosts – hotels, guesthouses, farms and holiday apartments – for free from 1 May to 31 October 2020. This allows one free daily visit to or use of one of the 60 attractions – including landmarks, museums and natural spectacles, leisure and sports facilities as well as mountain cableways – with additional discounts available. The Premiumcard also entitles the holder to free use of all public transport and the participating hiking taxis. In addition to daily admission to the Adventure World Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the “Nationalpark Summercard” also includes a day pass for the Gerlos Alpine Road.

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Package "Hiking in National Park" - Summer 2020: 4 nights with breakfast • Guided ranger tours and excursions (as published in the 2020 summer program) • Admission to National Park Worlds • Drinks bottle for hikers • National Park T-shirt

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Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
Christine Reichholf
e-mail: christine.reichholf@nationalpark.at
phone: +43 6562 40939-14·

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