Black Stork.

Take a deep breath, experience, enjoy & learn part II

... You have already been to the presented eco-labelled educational institutions? Very good, then we will continue with the next highlights right here! This time we are going to the highest mountain in Austria and to night hunters in the Thayatal.

First of all, the hint again::

Walk the line → Follow the rules. Please adhere to the rules of conduct(!) of the respective protected areas and the current legal requirements of the Federal Government. All national park rangers have been specially trained in corona protection measures. Also make sure you have the appropriate equipment(!) such as sturdy shoes, water bottle, weatherproof clothing, binoculars and, if necessary, a snack.

Everything clear? Let's go!


NATIONALPARK Hohe Tauern Carinthia

Since 1981 the Hohe Tauern have impressed us as a national park. On an area of 1.856km² - psst, that is the largest protected area in Central Europe - about 300 mountain peaks over 3.000m sea level, 551 mountain lakes and 342 glaciers extend. Would you like to see more?

Glacier Tour

To look & wonder. Come to the Mallnitz Visitor Centre, from 4 July daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. you you can learn a lot about life in the National Park Hohe Tauern in the exhibition "univerzoom". Or come to Heiligenblut to the newly opened "Haus der Steinböcke". Here you can follow in the footsteps of the ibexes in the exhibition "The King and his Throne" from from July 4 to September 30, daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but also visit various photo exhibitions, relax on the panorama terrace with a view of the Großglockner and enjoy regional specialities or get a fluffy ibex mascot. The visitor centres offer ideal starting conditions for nature-compatible exploration of the adventure area nationalpark as well as educational work in the field of species, nature and climate protection.

Ibex observations

For hiking & breathing deeply. So, now it's off to the mountains. Our rangers have been specially trained in corona protection measures and look forward to seeing you. Awaiting you is the Gamsgrubenweg (2,400 m), a high-alpine trail with no appreciable gradients, which offers a view of the impressive mountain scenery around the Großglockner. A botanical rarity is the Braya Alpina (alpine broad skull) in the special protection area Gamsgrube which blooms in July/August.

Icon of the Alps. Observing an ibex at close range early in the morning is one of the most unforgettable experiences in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Resettled in the Hohe Tauern since 1960, the "King of the Alps" feels particularly at home at the foot of the Großglockner: more than 120 animals form the largest ibex colony in the entire National Park. And it is exactly here, in the surroundings of the Wilhelm Swarovski Observatory, that the morning ibex observation with an experienced National Park gamekeeper starts. This is a superlative nature experience, to which is added the "sight" of marmots and, with a little luck, golden eagles and bearded vultures. In June/July the herb hike in Heiligenblut is particularly impressive with its colourful flower meadows. And if you "only" go to the Kaiser Franz-Josefs Höhe, you can even observe ibex, marmots and alpine choughs there!

Fascination nature for all. With the "Natural Jewel Stappitzer See", this year for the first time an inclusive hike including a guided tour is offered at the Mallnitz Visitor Centre. Also for children it won't be boring. The Jungforscherclub for children between 6 and 10 years invites you to explore, discover and have fun. Together with national park rangers, they go on adventure tours through forests and mountains.

For further information please contact Mr.Johann Keuschnig (johann.keuschnig@ktn.gv.at oder 0664 6202 359)


NATIONALPARK Thayatal

The National Park Thayatal together with the Czech Národní park Podyjí guarantees the protection of one of the most beautiful, romantic and species-rich valley landscapes. Hardly anywhere else can you find a comparable variety of plants and animals in such a small area as here on the Thaya. Nature here can develop undisturbed without the influence of humans. Visitors are invited to see, marvel and relax. Take your time to get to know and enjoy the most beautiful side of nature. Nothing touches us like the untouched.

wildcat

Active Waldviertel! All hiking trails in the National Park Thayatal are open and passable. The cross-border National Park Thayatal cycle path is open again until further notice. You are also welcome to come to the National Park House near Hardegg and dedicate yourself to "nature stories" and the information centre.

In the National Park the wilderness spreads out! On this hike along the theme trail on the Henner, visitors experience what it means to leave nature to its own devices. From a vantage point the participants enjoy a magnificent view of Hardegg, the smallest town in Austria. Always on public holidays and weekends from 2 pm. Attention: Participation limited!

We are nocturnal! We immerse ourselves in a world of nocturnal sounds of deer and tawny owls, the magical sparkle of fireflies and the shadow play of moon and trees. Together we check a decoy stick for hair and the photo trap for clues and you will learn why this hunter feels at home in the forests of the Thayatal and how she catches her most important prey, the mice. The hike takes us along the national park border directly into the wild national park forest - off the official hiking trails! The tour ends with a night feeding of Frieda & Carlo! During this we experience how skilfully the nocturnal hunters roam the darkness and with what power and elegance they move through the undergrowth. You know who I am writing about? Our wildcat night hikes are the highlight of the summer!

Überstieg

Adventures in the night. We also guide our youngest ones through the hidden world of wild cats. As already mentioned, on selected dates we also offer special wildcat night walks for children. At our KIDS SPECIAL the program is especially designed for children: In the dense undergrowth it is necessary to track down hidden mice, at the Lockstock funny photo trap pictures are created. Of course adults are also welcome! Limited number of participants, please register in time.

We are also day active! In the summer months of July and August we offer our guests the possibility to be present at the daily wild cat feeding at 15:30. Before or after, the new large adventure playground at the National Park House offers children of all ages a variety of exciting adventures and play experiences.

20 years herb festival. The National Park Thayatal invites you to the traditional herb festival on the occasion of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (15.August.2020) at the National Park House. On the occasion of its 20th birthday, the National Park this year welcomes Johannes Käfer, garden professional, radio gardener and gardener with a passion for his extensive expertise.

For further information please contact Christina Waidinger (info@np-thayatal.at or 02949 7005)

Whether in the mountains, in the forest, in the water or on the meadow.
We from the Austrian Ecolabel Team wish you a wonderful, adventurous and relaxed summer!