The Hohe Tauern National Park

April 28, 2020 12:28 pm

If you want to explore an area, get to know its wonders, its most important character, its real face, it is recommended to look for a place where you get a little bit of everything. This task is not as easy as it seems at first. However, I want to tell you now about a place like this, which you can visit to learn about the true face, the smells, the colors and character of the Alps and the alpine landscape.

The Hohe Tauern National Park is one of Austria’s most unspoilt areas, a collection of glaciers, mountains, valleys, ancient forests, primeval bogs, fabulous waterfalls, legendary animals and much more. This is the destination where you can really immerse yourself into the alpine feeling.

The High Tauern National Park was founded in 1981. It spreads over three federal states. Namely over Austria’s three famous provinces, where you can get to know not only the natural treasures and wonders, but also the Austrian traditions and way of life. Carinthia, Tyrol and Salzburg all have qualities that Austrians are the proudest of.

266 mountain giants peaking higher than 3,000 meters and 342 glaciers adorn Austria’s largest national park. Of the mountains, the Grossglockner is definitely worth mentioning, being not only the largest protected area in the Alps but also the highest mountain in Austria with its 3789 meters.

Not only can you take a walk in the forest here, but you can also visit the fabulous giant spruce forest, decorated with thousands of years old trees, which is one of the specialties of the park and which you can only visit on a guided tour. At the same time, there is the Rauris primeval forest and primeval bog, in which you can feel like the main character of a Fantasy book. These themed and guided forest walks are also easy for kids, not to mention the fun and tales they get enriched with.

In addition to plenty of programs, hiking trails and organized tours, let’s not forget the most famous panoramic route in Europe, the motorcycle riders’ dream, the Grossglockner alpine road, which leads to the Franz Josef peak, from where we can clearly admire the Grossglockner peak in all its splendor.

In case you are not interested only in natural beauties, but you also want to find out about the well-kept traditions, cuisine and culture of the Austrians, I can recommend the hundreds of cultural programs that await the traveler all year round. This year, for example, it will be the 25th anniversary of the “Village Autumn” in Rauris. On September 13, farmers dressed in folk costumes lead the decorated cattle through the village. Year after year, the event is assisted by plenty of curious visitors, as it is a truly unparalleled event, followed by the irresistible local food and drinks. I can only recommend it to everyone.

If you also want to know the fauna, you can visit the Valley of the Vultures or take part in a Golden Eagle bird show nearby the mountain lakes.

So, from gold panning to eagle flying and to the primeval bog tour, you can try everything that is real Austrian, all this in the most wonderful corner of the Alps, the Hohe Tauern National Park.

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