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Hohe Tauern National Park Region

Hohe Tauern National Park Region

So much to discover: our region forms part of the largest conservation area in the Alps

Spanning the counties of Carinthia, Eastern Tyrol and Salzburg, the Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest nature conservation area in the Alps. It is also Austria’s oldest National Park, whose origins date back 100 years: first steps  towards creating a conservation area were taken as early as 1939, inspired by America’s Yellowstone National Park (est. in 1872). In 1971, an agreement was reached between Carinthia, Eastern Tyrol and Salzburg – and the Hohe Tauern National Park was born.

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Largest conservation area in the Alps

The Hohe Tauern National Park encompasses an area of 1856 km2 across three Austrian counties – making it the largest contiguous natural and cultural area in the Alps. Its fascinating landscape has been shaped by ice ages, geological and geomorphic processes. A broad spectrum of climates within the National Park, ranging from oceanic to continental, gives rise to an outstanding biological and ecological diversity.

Enough with theory - come and experience it for yourself!

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The Hohe Tauern National Park Region in Carinthia

Situated on the southern side of the Alps, the Hohe Tauern National Park Region in Carinthia is representative of one of the three counties encompassed by the Hohe Tauern National Park. At its heart is the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut Adventure Region - offering a fantastic choice of activities for holidaymakers and day-trip visitors. Whether you’re looking for family fun, outdoor challenges, history, culture or excellent cuisine: our region perfectly embodies Carinthia’s remarkable diversity.

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Nationalpark Kärnten Card

“Dream holiday included!”, is the motto of the Nationalpark Kärnten Card, which consolidates an extensive programme of discounts and benefits in just one single card. Along with the more than 100 attractions, activities and places of interest that are covered by the standard Kärnten Card, the National Park version also offers additional experiences and benefits specifically within the National Park region. In contrast to the standard Kärnten Card, the Nationalpark Kärnten Card cannot be acquired commercially, but is given exclusively to guests staying at one of the programme’s official partner companies.

Special Highlights in the Hohe Tauern National Park Region Carinthia

  • Magical Moments - an exciting programme of activities in the Hohe Tauern National Park
  • Outdoor Adventures - take full advantage of the outdoor programmes offered by our partner companies
  • On the Trail of Nature - out and about with a National Park Ranger
  • Alpe-Adria Trail - long-distance hiking trail, leading from the Grossglockner to the Adriatic Sea
  • Family Fun with special highlights for all ages
  • Nationalpark Kärnten Card - lots of discounts, benefits and included services
  • Culture & Cuisine play a vital role in Austria’s most southern county
  • Museums, visitor centers and fascinating information about the alpine environment

What are your personal highlights in the Hohe Tauern National Park?


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Family fun, outdoor adventures, hiking taxi and much more

While staying in Carinthia’s National Park Region, you certainly won’t run out of things to do. Among the most popular  outings for the whole family are the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road, the Grossglockner Cableways, and the gold-mining village near Heiligenblut. These outdoor adventures are subject to special discounts provided by our partner companies. The Visitor Center at the Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Höhe, for example, offers fascinating insights into the natural world of the National Park. If you don’t feel like driving yourself, the National Park Hiking Taxi takes you to any attraction, hiking route or place of interest within the region.

If you have decided that the largest nature reserve in the Alps is the perfect location for your next family holiday, we look forward to welcoming you in Carinthia’s Hohe Tauern National Park Region!

Come and experience the natural, cultural and culinary diversity of Austria’s most southern county.

For further information on planning your holiday, simply contact us with any query, send us a non-binding holiday enquiry, or phone us on +43 4824 2700-20.

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