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Horské národní parky v Rakousku (Mountain National parks in Austria)

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Horské národní parky v Rakousku (Mountain National parks in Austria)

Hohe Tauern National Park

In the border area between the Federal Provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg and the Tyrol there is the largest national parks of the Alps. It includes the mightiest peaks of Austria, the biggest glacier of the Eastern Alps, and the most imposing waterfalls of Europe. The Hohe Tauern National Park is an oasis of silence and recreation but also an experience of a special kind for the nature-oriented visitor.

The Hohe Tauern National Park is rich in clear waters that form a network of lifelines and supply the more than 10,000 different animal species in the 1,815 km^2 of park area. The Hohe Tauern National Park is therefore justly called the water palace of the Alps. Its huge variety of vegetation areas and climatic zones has produced a wealth of life that could not have developed anywhere else but in the Hohe Tauern mountains. In the national park, the laws of nature and cultivated landscapes merge into an intact environment for flora, fauna and man alike. In the core zone, nature can develop without any disturbance from human intervention. In the buffer zone of the national park there is a harmonious coexistence of sustainable human management and a diverse cultivated landscape.

There are many paths and open alpine huts that invite the visitor to experience the unique world of the Hohe Tauern National Park alone or in the company of trained national park staff. For the respective programmes and detailed information material you may turn to the below address:

Hohe Tauern National Park
Location: border area between Carinthia, Salzburg and the Tyrol

Gesaeuse National Park

The Gesaeuse National Park along the river Enns gorge is the youngest of Austria´s national parks. Its nature is dominated by rocks, alpine pastures, forests and the wild waters of the river Enns. In addition to nature conservation and the exploration of ecosystems, recreation and environmental education are the key tasks of the Gesaeuse National Park.

Take your time! There is so much to discover. You can see some 90 species of breeding birds, as well as the European alpine marmot, chamois, roe deer, and red deer in the wild. About 50 orchid species, which count among the most beautiful creatures of the alpine flora, are present in our national park.

All around the year, our varied summer and winter activities and special programmes for schools offer manifold opportunities to experience and get to know the unique natural landscape of the Gesaeuse with all one´s senses in the company of trained national park guides. Discover the secrets of life in a drop of water in the research workshop of the willow dome, or experience the diversity of nature on a guided adventure tour.

It is also one of the tasks of the Gesaeuse National Park to maintain and improve the habitats of endangered fauna and flora. These goals are reached by means of applied nature conservation research. Universities and renowned experts support the national park in the pursuit of its goals.

By consciously renouncing to economic uses of nature, the natural dynamism of our ecosystems shall be enhanced. Long-term research activities aim at observing the progress and gaining new results for practice.

Projects that are particularly oriented towards the protection of species and habitats make sure that the natural diversity is also conserved for future generations.

We have established special contacts with businesses in the region that share our ecological thinking and, thus, represent an important link to the local environment. Our partners in the Gesaeuse National Park Partnership are deeply rooted in the region and proud of their national park. They are always keen to inform guests about current events and projects.

Among the partners in this Gesaeuse National Park Partnership there are restaurants and inns, biologically run farms that offer farm-stay holidays, alpine huts, direct-marketing farmers, bee-keepers and craft businesses. All partners meet strict environmental standards and quality criteria.

Nationalpark Gesäuse >> www.nationalpark.co.at
Nationalpark Gesäuse Partner >> www.nationalparkpartner.at

Area: 1,815 km^2
Years of Foundation: Carinthia 1981, Salzburg 1984, Tyrol 1992
Contact and information: Nationalparkrat Hohe Tauern, Kirchplatz 2, 9971 Matrei in Osttirol, Phone: 04875 5112 E-mail: nationalparkrat@hohetauern.at

Photos available on:http://www.nationalparks.at/article/articleview/38727/1/11922/


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