Expansive glaciers, steep flanks, green mountain lakes, impressive waterfalls and in between a dense network of hiking routes and mountain paths – these are just waiting to be tackled and experienced by you. Hiking in the Hohe Tauern National Park, a voyage of discovery in Austria’s most impressive natural area.
Amid a natural and cultural landscape …
… you get to walk on unforgettable paths. Where for centuries it was the people who lived in this natural and cultural area who shaped it, you now get to discover the sheer endless beauty and the unspoilt natural framework. From the valley locations to the wonderful Alpine pasture areas, right up to the high mountain areas, in harmony with nature, cherished and nurtured, that is how the Hohe Tauern National Park presents itself to hiking visitors.
Hiking at 2000m altitude
Anyone who starts their hike at a good 2000m, has one crucial advantage – you can save energy on the ascent to the dizzy heights and therefore enjoy your tour in the high mountains all the more. In Heiligenblut am Großglockner you can cover the first mountain stage using the Großglockner Cable Cars. From the mountain station, the tour via the Geotrail Tauernfenster heads to the Hochtor – a fantastic hike.
To the wild waters
We encounter water with every step in the Hohe Tauern National Park. As tranquil mountain lakes, babbling springs, as an untamed mountain stream, powerful waterfall, wild and thundering through a ravine, or tranquil, as a freshly snow-covered glacier. The wild water also provides the loveliest destinations for your hikes in the National Park, and there are a variety of tours and routes that proceed to the wild waters of the Hohe Tauern.
TOP 10 hikes
- Gößnitzfall – Langtalseen = 24,6 km, 1.400 hm, ca. 8 h
- Wasser-Wunder-Weg Jungfernsprung = 0,3 km, 60 hm, ca. 45 min
- Gartlwasserfall (easy) = 2,5 km, 100 hm, ca 45 min
- Möllschlucht Klettersteig = 0,7 km, 60 hm, ca. 1,15 h
- Raggaschlucht = 3,4 km, 942 hm, ca. 1,5
- Seebachtal – Schwussnerhütte = 8,4 km, 150 hm, ca. 2,5 h
- Groppensteinschlucht = 5,5 km, 540hm, ca. 1,5 h
- Barbarossaschlucht = 2,8 km, 200 hm, ca. 1 h
- Wassererlebnisweg Gnoppnitzbach = 9 km, 500 hm, ca. 3 h
- Pirknerklamm Klettersteig = 1,9 km, 200 hm, ca. 2,5h
Alpe Adria Trail
On a long-distance hike you discover the calming effect of slowness. This journey along the Alpe-Adria-Trail from the ice to the sea, begins at the Pasterze and ends 43 stages later on the Adria beach. In the intervening period you, in all certainty, get to enjoy in a most breath-taking manner, crossing the Alps from north to south, under your own steam – experiencing the Alpine nature at close quarters.
On tour with National Park Rangers
Following our rangers, who are very well-trained and deeply entrenched in our region, you are in the company of genuine experts in everything concerning the natural realm of the Hohe Tauern. When you join a National Park summer programme, you get to enjoy the best guided tours. And to be even more bespoke, why not hire a ranger just for you to visit the loveliest places or observe the animals up close in their natural environment.
Magic moments in the Hohe Tauern
“Magic Moments” is the name of the Adventure-based programme in the Hohe Tauern National Park, making it possible for you to enjoy unforgettable expeditions deep into this unique natural area. A glacier trekking tour on the Pasterze or a hike incl. observing the animals in their natural habitats are just two examples of genuinely “magical moments” that you get to experience here with us.
themed hikes in the Hohe Tauern
- Gamsgrubenweg – Panorama trail with the Großglockner in your line of sight
- Pasterze glacier trail – tracking the Ice Age
- Boulder glacier trail in Dösental – a hidden gem in the Hohe Tauern
- Seebachtal educational nature trail – in the valley of the bearded vulture
- Alpine herbs nature trail Drautal– rediscover old cultural knowledge
What a real hiking fan had to say
“In the tracks of the water – that is how I like to describe the loveliest hikes in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Way up on the Pasterze there is eternal ice, water in its most tranquil guise. While glacier trekking I get very close to water. As a waterfall, the water falls into the valley, wonderful hikes proceed through ravines and canyons. As the Möll and the Drau continues to forge its path, while at its banks there are wonderful hiking trails and paths…”!