NATIONAL PARK HOUSE MATREI
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.