Nationalpark Hohe Tauern - Weisssee
Österreich Werbung / Reinhold Leitner
Stubach 90, 5723 Uttendorf

National Parks in Austria

Austria's six national parks offer visitors the chance to discover nature in its original, untouched state and to come face to face with scenic beauty.

 

What is a National Park?

National Parks are designated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) based on strict criteria. In these spaces, preserving ecosystems is the number one priority. They also offer uniquely pristine surroundings to be enjoyed by visitors.

Austria’s Six National Parks

Nationalpark Gesäuse

Facts & Figures

Nationalpark Gesäuse
Österreich Werbung / Rainer Mirau
8913 Weng im Gesäuse 2
  • Area 1,800 km2 / 444,790 ac
  • Provinces Carinthia, Tirol, Salzburger Land
  • Highest mountain Großglockner
  • Altitude 1,000 – 3,798 m / 3,281 – 12,461 ft
  • Hiking trails 4,300 km / 2,672 mi
  • Animal species 10,000
  • Geology 1% bodies of water, 32% agriculture, 54% glaciers, scree corridors, cliffs, and heaths

1. Hohe Tauern National Park in Carinthia, Tirol, and SalzburgerLand


Austria’s oldest and biggest National Park is known for its biodiversity: 50% of all Austrian animal species (10,000 in total) can be found here, including golden eagles, chamois, and marmots. The area’s rich, beautiful landscapes include Weißsee Glacier World, Pasterze glacier (Austria’s biggest glacier, where you’ll catch an icy breeze even at the height of summer), and Europe’s highest waterfalls, the Krimml falls.

5 Must-Sees at Hohe Tauern National Park

  • Nationalpark Hohe Tauern - Krimmler Wasserfälle

    Nationalpark Hohe Tauern - Krimmler Wasserfälle

    Österreich Werbung / Reinhold Leitner
    Krimmler Wasserfälle, 5743, Austria
  • Murmeltiere an der Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße

    Murmeltiere an der Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße

    Großglockner Hochalpenstrassen AG / Albin Niederstrasser
  • Nationalpark Hohe Tauern - Weisssee

    Nationalpark Hohe Tauern - Weisssee

    Österreich Werbung / Reinhold Leitner
    Stubach 90, 5723 Uttendorf
  • Gämse_Nationalpark Hohetauern

    Gämse_Nationalpark Hohetauern

    TVB Rauris /
  • Spannende Nature-Watch-Wanderung mit Ranger Emanuel

    Spannende Nature-Watch-Wanderung mit Ranger Emanuel

    Nationalpark Hohe Tauern Tirol / Martin Lugger
  • natur watch im Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

    natur watch im Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

    Österreich Werbung / Peter Podpera
    Glor-Berg 16, 9981 Kals am Großglockner

2. Kalkalpen National Park in Upper Austria

Located at the northern edge of the Alps, Kalkalpen (literally: Limestone Alps) National Park is known for its wild forests and crystal-clear mountain streams which are home to rare species of animals and plants.

Exploring the area on bike is a treat – and hikers will find hundreds of kilometres of trails. Park rangers can take you on guided hikes to explore the wilderness a little further.

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Türkenbund Lilie Nationalpark Kalkalpen
Türkenbund Lilie Nationalpark Kalkalpen
Nationalpark Kalkalpen / A. Stückler

3. Donau-Auen National Park in Lower Austria

Located between Vienna and Slovakia’s capital Bratislava, these wetlands are home to over 800 species of plants and animals.

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Nationalpark Donauauen
Nationalpark Donauauen
Österreich Werbung / Georg Popp
2304 Orth/Donau, Schloss Orth

4. Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park in Burgenland

This steppe National Park in eastern Austria features sweeping reef-studded bodies of water, large meadows, and saltwater lakes.

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Neusiedler See, Apetlon
Neusiedler See, Apetlon
Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner
Kirchengasse 1a, 7143 Apetlon

5. Gesäuse National Park in Styria

Established in 2002, Austria’s newest National Park features impressive cliffs and crystal-clear mountain lakes.

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Nationalpark Gesäuse
Nationalpark Gesäuse
Österreich Werbung / Rainer Mirau
8913 Weng im Gesäuse 2

6. Thayatal National Park in Lower Austria

Unspoiled wilderness featuring thick forests, steep cliffs, blooming meadows: Explore along the Thaya river and spot a wildcat in its enclosure.

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abend-im-nationalpark-thayatal
Österreich Werbung / Georg Popp