Hohe Tauern National Park The Largest Protected Area in the Eastern Alps is Right on the City’s Doorstep

When gazing across Lake Zell, your eyes will be inevitably drawn to the Hohe Tauern, the mountains which form the southern boundary of our region. Along with the highest peaks in the country, they are home to the Hohe Tauern National Park, the largest protected area in the Eastern Alps, encompassing 1,856 square kilometers of pristine natural habitat.

The Hohe Tauern National Park is not only the largest of its kind in Central Europe, but it also boasts an extraordinary diversity of species across its various altitude zones, from the valleys to the summit regions of the three-thousand-meter peaks. Recognizing its unique status several decades ago, the Hohe Tauern was designated as the oldest and largest national park in Austria, spanning three federal states: Salzburg, Tyrol, and Carinthia.

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Rangers, Guided Tours, Visitor Centers

The visitor center in Mittersill serves as the nerve center of the Hohe Tauern National Park, in the Salzburg region. At the Science Center Mittersill, with the assistance of rangers and guides, both young and adult researchers can acquire sufficient knowledge to enhance their enthusiasm for the natural environment. The rangers are true experts on the mountains' nature and are delighted to take you on a guided tour to observe wildlife or discover plants in their natural habitat.


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National park Gallery on TOP of Salzburg

The Hohe Tauern National Park begins right on the doorstep of Zell am See. Along with the spectacular views from Schmittenhöhe - up to 30 peaks over 3,000 meters - you can also immerse yourself in the world of Hohe Tauern at the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. At the base of the Kitz summit, you'll find the National Park Gallery, Salzburg's highest exhibition showcasing the geology, fauna, and flora of the national park in a natural setting. Experienced guides offer valuable information, while the panoramic views can be enjoyed from the highest observation platform - TOP of Salzburg.


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Cooperation, Awareness & Side Events

Thanks to our active collaboration with the national park, awareness of the precious natural environment has significantly increased among our management and staff. Through regular training and programs in the national park, we have gained a wealth of knowledge about the nature that is just a stone’s throw away. This knowledge is applied when organizing side events, allowing us to offer you the best selection of nature-based experiences and fostering a greater interest in nature -
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Quick Facts & Details about the Hohe Tauern National Park:

  • The Hohe Tauern National Park covers an area of 1,856 km²

  • It consists of a core zone spanning 1,213 km² and a peripheral zone covering 643 km²

  • The park encompasses 130 m² of glacier area, which is unfortunately regularly declining

  • Established in 1981, it is Austria's oldest national park

  • Recommended attractions: Science Center Mittersill, House of Water in East Tyrol, House of the
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We are incredibly proud to have a renowned protected area conveniently situated nearby. That's why we maintain an active collaboration, to foster a heightened sense of environmental awareness among not only our employees but also our valued guests and visitors.


If you are also passionate about preserving the natural environment and would like to experience it through various side events, we are excited to hear from you! If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone at +43 6542 474750 or via email at info@fpcc.at.