National Park Hohe Tauern - Weisssee

Austrian National Tourist Office / Reinhold Leitner
Weisssee Glacier world

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

Gesäuse National Park

Facts & Figures

Gesäuse National Park

Austrian National Tourist Office / Rainer Mirau
  • 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 - Krimml waterfalls

    Nationalpark Hohe Tauern - Krimml waterfalls

    Österreich Werbung / Reinhold Leitner
  • Marmots at Großglockner High Alpine Road

    Marmots at Großglockner High Alpine Road

    Großglockner Hochalpenstrassen AG / Albin Niederstrasser
  • National Park Hohe Tauern - Weisssee

    National Park Hohe Tauern - Weisssee

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Reinhold Leitner
    Weisssee Glacier world
  • chamois in Hohe Tauern national park

    chamois in Hohe Tauern national park

    TVB Rauris
    Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
  • guided nature hike with ranger

    guided nature hike with ranger

    Nationalpark Hohe Tauern Tirol
  • Nature Watch and a hiking tour in East Tyrol

    Nature Watch and a hiking tour in East Tyrol

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Peter Podpera

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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martagon lily in national park Kalkalpen

martagon lily in national park 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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Danube meadows near Stopfenreuth / Donau-Auen National Park

Danube meadows near Stopfenreuth / Donau-Auen National Park

Austrian National Tourist Office / Georg Popp

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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Landscape near Apetlon / Nationalpark Neusiedler See / Burgenland

Landscape near Apetlon / Nationalpark Neusiedler See / Burgenland

Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner

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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Gesäuse National Park

Gesäuse National Park

Austrian National Tourist Office / Rainer Mirau

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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Evening in the Thaya Valley National Park

Evening in the Thaya Valley National Park

Austrian National Tourist Office / Georg Popp