Nature sanctuary in the midst of the Austrian Alps
In the heart of the Austrian Alps, Hohe Tauern National Park provides endangered animal and plant species with a protected habitat. 1800 km² in area, Hohe Tauern National Park is actually the second largest in Europe. Here you can experience Mother Nature at her most beautiful: Austria’s highest peaks and biggest glaciers, meadows strewn with colorful alpine flowers, imposing crags and refreshing waterfalls. A centuries-old natural and cultural landscape, formed by the Ice Ages and the forces of the seasons, is just waiting to be discovered by you during your summer holidays in Gastein Valley!
The highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner, also awaits, towering skywards at 3798 meters above sea level. At its foot lies the longest glacial tongue in Austria, the Pasterze. Via the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road, you have a convenient way to reach these imposing, unique alpine landscapes. Once at the top, you can use a telescope to watch the ibex and marmots which gambol amid this wild and craggy world.
Winter is long in the mountains. But this also means that the plant and animal life is even more vibrant and colorful during the short alpine summer. Ibex, bearded vultures, marmots and many more enjoy the life-giving sunshine on the warm, rocky plateaus. The time to raise the next generation and put on the fat necessary to see them through the upcoming winter is brief. Also experience the alpine pastures of Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria, a world nurtured by mankind from one generation to the next! Cattle grazing on these alpine meadows and the regular harvesting of mountain hay has created species-rich flora and fauna, and countryside that is quite beyond compare. Here, you find yourself with your finger on the very pulse of nature itself, able to feel first-hand the power of the wind and weather. Here, man is just one part of the powerful, impressive ebb and flow of creation .