New hiking routes presented at ITB Berlin NOW: On the same level as Austria’s highest mountains
“Thirteen valleys are strung out like pearls on a necklace in our national park”, was the proud claim made at ITB Berlin NOW by Roland Rauch, general manager of a holiday region, the Hohe Tauern national park, which extends over 3 federal states and 20 localities. In May 2021 the Hohe Tauern national park acquires a new hiking route, the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail, stretching for more than 150 kilometres and with a cumulative altitude of 7,000 metres. “Especially nowadays, with such an emphasis on maintaining good health, our fresh Alpine air, boundless forests and crystal clear water are a sure way of reinvigorating the body, mind and soul “, according to Rauch.
Rauch adds that the Hohe Tauern Panorama Trail is ideally suited for this purpose. The ten long distance stages range in altitude between 1,500 and 2,400 metres, putting walkers on the same level as Austria’s highest peaks, including the Grossglockner. Mountain railways or shuttle services are available at the start and end of each stage, along with a baggage transfer service to make life easier.
Another highlight of the region is the Hohe Tauern national park experience in Mittersill, one of Europe’s most up to date national park centres. Visitors can stroll through ten natural areas and learn all about the diversity of the largest protected area in the Alps. The National Park Summer Card is available from 1 May to 31 October: 60 points of interest, museums, natural spectacles, leisure and sports facilities as well as mountain railways are available to holders of this card, which also allow allows them to use public transport free of charge.
The region is also promoting another feature: water, the elixir of life, with the new water attraction, the WasserWeltenKrimml, close to Europe’s highest waterfall. With a height of 380 metres, cascading in three stages, the Krimmler waterfall ranks fifth among the world‘s highest falls and forms the starting point for the new long distance path.
Ferienregion Nationalpark Hohe Tauern GmbH
Roland Rauch, General Manager
Tel.: +43 6562 40939
Fax.:+43 6562 40939 20