Hohe Tauern National Park: nature above the tree line
Austria’s largest national park and nature reserve boasts the majestic Grossglockner, which towers at 12,461 feet over the Tauern range. Throughout the park, hikers of all levels can enjoy any of 30 different, well marked routes. A peaceful and scenic trail may open up to roaring waterfalls and, as the tree line thins, grab the camera to capture dramatic peaks reflected in a tranquil lake. Several mountain huts make for the perfect rest stop where hikers can enjoy a midday snack or dinner and an overnight.
Hohe Tauern is a national treasure, where centuries-old conservation efforts have preserved cultural sites dating back to the Middle Ages and ancient Roman times. On especially informative day treks, park rangers teach hikers about these sites and offer tips on how to identify rare alpine flowers and herbs, as well as where to spot wildlife like the shy marmot or mighty lammergeier (bearded vulture). From spring and summer blossoms to colorful autumn foliage, each season holds its own charm. Exploring Hohe Tauern National Park any time of year brings a sense of renewal.