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
Facts & Figures
Area1,800 km2 / 444,790 ac
ProvincesCarinthia, Tirol, Salzburger Land
Altitude1,000 – 3,798 m / 3,281 – 12,461 ft
Hiking trails4,300 km / 2,672 mi
Geology1% 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.