Gastein Valley lies inside the 1856 km² Hohe Tauern National Park. Nestled amid lush alpine meadows and imposing mountains, surrounded by healing thermal waters.
Hohe Tauern National Park encompasses the town of Bad Gastein together with Kötschachtal, Anlauftal and Sportgastein. In this nature preserve, fairytale pine forests, fascinating alpine tarns and waterfalls, and valleys sculpted by glaciers are just waiting to be explored.
Special Aspect of Hohe Tauern National Park
Hike from the deepest valley of our holiday region to the top of the highest peak. As you do so, you will actually traverse all climate zones between Central Europe and the Antarctic, encountering the most significant alpine ecosystems along the way. These are the domain of many different plant species. Furthermore, half of the mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles documented in Austria also call the Hohe Tauern National Park nature sanctuary home.
Hiking through National Park areas of Gastein – an excursion destination for nature lovers
Hohe Tauern National Park encompasses Kötschachtal, Anlauftal and Nassfelder Achental in Bad Gastein. Our holiday region offers numerous hiking tours, just waiting for you to discover during your summer vacation. Enjoy spending time inside the nature park and explore the natural habitat of numerous animals.
The Hohe Tauern are the rooftop of Austria. Including the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner at 3798 meters, more than 300 different peaks are over 3000 meters tall. The highest mountain in Salzburg, the Grossvenediger, is also found in the Hohe Tauern range.
Hohe Tauern National Park is 1856 km² in area, with its core and outlying zones extending into the provinces of Salzburg, Tyrol and Carinthia.
Around one third of all plants documented in Austria occur naturally inside Hohe Tauern National Park. Of Austria's mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, roughly one half make their home inside the nature preserve. Also animals that had almost become completely extinct in the rest of Europe, as well as the bearded vulture, find a safe environment to thrive in the high-alpine regions.