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National Park Ranger tours

Through the Hohe Tauern National Park with a ranger

Regarded as an insider tip, the region of East Tyrol stands out thanks to its natural features. It is genuine, original and authentic. On guided tours with rangers there are so many options to re-energise and enjoy renewed vigour, far removed from the stresses of the daily grind. National Park rangers provide inspiration with their special expertise in natural science and thanks to their many years of experience and knowledge in this sector, know all the special features in the Alpine National Park.

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The entire winter programme and a preview of the summer programme in the Hohe Tauern National Park in Tyrol can be downloaded here (PDF, 4 MB).

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(c) NP Hohe Tauern / Martin Lugger
(c) NP Hohe Tauern / Martin Lugger

Winter highlights - An excerpt from the programme

New 2019: Sunrise hike in snow-shoes with a National Park Ranger

Hohe Tauern National Park lights up in the evening sunshine, while the sun sinks behind the deep snow-covered summits in Iseltal. The yellow, orange hues of the sunset immerse the unique panorama of the Schober group and the Lienz Dolomites in a magical atmosphere. Before the bright starry sky emerges, a ranger tells you exciting stories about the survival strategies that chamois, foxes and snow hares use to survive the snowy depths of winter. Discover the animal tracks together and find out which Alpine inhabitant they belong to.

Ascend in a mono-cable gondola and in a chairlift to the "Steinermandl". Afterwards enjoy a sunset hike in snow-shoes, accompanied by a National Park ranger, heading along the mountain ridge to the "Naturfreundehütte".
After a leisurely refreshment stop, head down to the "Faschingalm" car park (taxi collection).

Dates 2018/2019:
Every thursday, starting on January 03rd 2019 and then from January 31st to March 7th 2019
Meeting place: parkingground at the railway station "Zettersfeldbahn"
Time: 03.30 p.m., return trip ~ 08.30 p.m.
Equipment: sturdy shoes, winterclothes, maybe drinks and ski sticks
Rates: € 25,00 per person including snowshoes and shuttle bus; People who have no skipass, have to buy a ticket for the ascend. In this case you get a special rate.

For administrative reasons registering is required!

Sonnenuntergangswanderung am Zettersfeld (c) NPHT/Willi Seebacher
Naturfreundehütte (c) NPHT/Willi Seebacher

The entrance to the Schober group

Route start: Faschingalm car park

Route end: Faschingalm car park

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Nature Watch Tour: under the spell of the Großglockner

Romantic winter hike including observing animals in their natural habitat in Kals am Großglockner. Does a marmot really sleep right through the winter? What do ibex and chamois eat when everything is covered in snow? Why do golden eagles and lammergeiers not head south? Together with a National Park ranger who has a spotting scope, the wild animals in the National Park can be observed up close in their natural habitat.


Dates 2018/2019:
Wednesday 19.12.2018 and Friday 28.12.2018
Wednesday 2.1.2019 – 13.03.2019
Meeting point: 9.30 a.m. Glocknerwinkel car park (Lucknerhaus) or Taurerwirt at 1.30 p.m.
Equipment: good, sturdy footwear, winter clothing, snacks and drinks, ski poles; cost: € 17.00 per person incl. snow shoes, children € 9.00; for organisational reasons please register for events!

Under the spell of the Großglockner

Route start: Kals / Lucknerhaus

Route end: Kals / Lucknerhaus

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Nature Watch Tour: Staller Sattel circuit

A National Park Ranger will accompany you on a 4-hour tour, divulging what they know about the valley, the little and large inhabitants of the National Park and the history of the oldest National Park in Austria. Be whisked off into a realm of seclusion and tranquillity in Defereggental.

Dates 2018/2019:

Tuesday 18.12.2018
Thursday 27.12.2018
Wednesday 02.01.2019
Tuesdays from 08.01.2019 to 12.03.2019

Meeting point: 9.30 a.m. at the tourist information in St.Jakob i. Def. by 1.30 p.m.
Equipment: good, sturdy footwear, winter clothing, snacks and drinks, ski poles; cost: € 17.00 per person incl. snow shoes, children € 9.00; for organisational reasons please register for events!

Staller Sattel circuit

Route start: Staller Sattel

Route end: Staller Sattel

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Mystical moonlight tour around Matreier Tauernhaus

Let the inspiring night-time tranquillity take effect on you during this adventure-packed hike through the wintery woodlands and the landscapes in the Hohe Tauern. Experience the magic and the power of the moon, and with us explore the hidden tracks in the natural surroundings in the Hohe Tauern National Park in East Tyrol.

Dates 2018/2019

Monday 21.01.2019, 18.02.2019, 20.03.2019 in Matrei in East Tyrol
More dates in der whole Nationalpark region (details at request): 20.01.2019, 21.01.2019, 18.02.2018, 19.02.2019, 20.03.2018 and 21.03.2019 

Meeting point Nationalparkhaus Matrei: 7.00 p.m.
Equipment: good, sturdy footwear, winter clothing, snacks and drinks, ski poles; cost: € 17.00 per person incl. snow shoes, children € 9.00; for organisational reasons please register for events!

National Park snow shoe tour in the Tauerntal valley

Route start: Matreier Tauernhaus car park

Route end: Matreier Tauernhaus car park

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Nationalpark Hohe Tauern
Nationalparkhaus Matrei
Kirchplatz 2, 9971 Matrei i.O.
Tel.: +43 4875 516 110

Information & guide booking:
monday - thursday: 08:00 - 12:00; 13:00 - 17:00
frieday: 08:00 - 12:00


Winter offers with Ranger:
December - March (and on request)

Sommer offers with Ranger:
May - Septembre (and on request)


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