National Park Worlds

Hohe Tauern National Park

For the inside scoop on all things Hohe Tauern National Park, factor in a stop at this terrific visitor centre. The museum side of it showcases the park in a nutshell, with exhibits on glaciers, avalanches, wild waters, farming life, mountain forests, alpine animals and plants. A highlight for kids is the marmot burrow to clamber around in. The shop stocks a great array of books and maps.

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Nearby Hohe Tauern National Park attractions

1. Museum Kitzbühel

12.22 MILES

This museum traces Kitzbühel’s heritage from its Bronze Age mining beginnings to the present day. The big emphasis is on winter sports, and the permanent…

2. Pfarrkirche St Andreas

12.42 MILES

Slightly above the town is this Gothic-meets-baroque parish church, identified by its steep, wood-shingled roof.

3. Liebfrauenkirche

12.45 MILES

This rococo church has a chunky 48m belfry and an elaborately frescoed interior.

4. Alpine Flower Garden

13.15 MILES

Arnica, edelweiss and purple bellflowers are among the 400 alpine blooms flourishing at this quiet garden atop Kitzbüheler Horn. It’s a four-hour (14km)…

5. Krimmler Wasserfälle

15.2 MILES

Enshrouded in mist, arched by a rainbow, frozen solid – this waterfall always looks extraordinary, no matter what time of year. The Wasserfallweg …

6. Wildpark Ferleiten

17.62 MILES

Wildpark Ferleiten is a 15-hectare reserve that's home to 200 alpine animals such as chamois, marmots, ibex, fallow deer, wild boar and brown bears. Kids…

7. Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe

19.07 MILES

One of the high points (in every sense) of the Grossglockner Road, the 2369m Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe viewpoint takes its name from the Austrian emperor…

8. Wallfahrtskirche St Vinzenz

23.81 MILES

As though cupped in celestial hands and held up to the mighty Alps, this 15th-century pilgrimage church lifts gazes, and spirits. Inside is a tabernacle,…