Austria's first national park. For many people it was a forward-looking and completely new project 35 years ago. In 1981, the National Park Hohe Tauern was established as Austria's first national park. It subsequently developed into the largest protected area in the Alps in terms of surface area. The protected area extends over vast primeval alpine landscapes such as glaciers, rock faces and mountain meadows as well as the alpine pastures which have been carefully and painstakingly tended over the centuries. It offers optimal conditions for around 10,000 animal species and 1,500 plant species. But it is also a unique tourist experience that familiarizes people with the alpine natural landscape in a careful and sustainable way. In the Tyrolean part of the national park, you find 1,200 kilometres of hiking trails with 17 different themed trails.