Project Description


Hohe Tauern National Park

Wild pristine landscapes and an intact cultural heritage. These are the two sides of Hohe Tauern National Park. Covering a surface area of 1,856 km², it is one of the largest conservation areas in the alpine region. The area stretches over vast primeval landscapes which include glaciers, rock faces and grasslands, as well as alpine landscapes which have been carefully and painstakingly cultivated for centuries.

Animals and plants

The living conditions high up in the mountains are especially harsh for plants and animals. An annual average temperature of just 5°C, almost constant wind, high UV radiation and a lot of precipitation – mainly in the form of snow – demand resilience and adjustments in physique and behaviour.

Glacial and mountain streams

These are particularly impressive features of the national park, and in a way are the lifelines of the protected area. Rather unassuming and calm in the winter, they steadily increase their flow rates in the summer. When the ice melts in July, they plunge into the valley with great force. In the summer months, the Hohe Tauern glows with fantastic vitality. The alpine pastures are covered in a sea of bright, colourful flowers.

Pastures and mountain farms

Something particularly special about the Hohe Tauern National Park is that the protected area includes not only purely natural landscapes, but also alpine farmland. Alpine pastures, meadows, stone walls, and religious treasures such as wayside shrines and alpine chapels are all part an extremely valuable cultural landscape, which is worth protecting.

Tauern Views – Awesome Moments exhibition

An overview of the diversity of the conservation area can be found in the Tauern Views exhibition in the Visitor Centre in Matrei, East Tyrol. The 6 adventure areas of the Hohe Tauern National Park, labelled: “Summits”, “Rocks & Ice”, “Streams & Lakes”, “Alpine Grasslands”, “Alpine Farming” and “Mountain Forests” will certainly inspire visitors to discover the many areas and treasures. A tour with a National Park ranger, who has plenty to say about the distinctive features of the Hohe Tauern National Park, is a remarkable experience.


Address Contact details
Kirchplatz 2 

A-9971 Matrei

Phone: +43 (0) 4875 5161 10 



Opening hours

July & August
Monday – Saturday 10:00 18:00 o’clock
Sunday 14:00 – 18:00 o’clock
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 18:00 o’clock
01.10. – 26.10
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 12:00 o’clock and 14:00 – 18:00 o’clock
Mid-December to the end of March
Monday – Friday
14:00 – 18:00 o’clock
Closed on holidays
Guided tours for groups on request

Entrance fees

Entry free
Guided tours for 10 people and on request / reservation
€ 4,00 / p.
Guided tour in the National Park House & coffee with culinary delights in the Valley Market Matrei
€ 8,00 / p.


Information on guided ranger tours & guided tours in the National Park House Matrei 

Phone: +43 (0)4875  5161 10


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