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Kalkalpen National Park


What is a forest sea and a water castle? How can a mountain be a called “sharp wall” and a gorge “bird song”? Questions you will want to explore in and around the area of the Kalkalpen National Park….

The Kalkalpen National Park features the largest forest region in Central Europe and the largest karst well in the country, called Pießling Ursprung in Roßleithen, a true paradise for nature lovers. A colourful mosaic consisting of pristine forests, promising viewpoints from mountain tops, hidden gorges and untouched mountain streams. If you want to get away from the hectic and noise of the city and are on the look for unique fauna and flora, then come to the Kalkalpen National Park for some exploring adventure. There are guided tours all year round – listen to the courtship of the black grouse and admire the blossoming of the orchids during spring, observe chamoix in alpine meadow and cave tours in summer or be enchanted by the autumn colours during the time of the deer mating season.

Nationalpark Kalkalpen - © OÖ Tourismus/SieghartsleitnerBlick von der Hintersteinalm Richtung Spitzmauer - © TVB/SieghartsleitnerAlpintiere im Nationalpark Kalkalpen - © Nationalpark KalkalpenKarstquelle Goldlach im Nationalpark Kalkalpen - © Franz SieghartsleitnerNationalpark Kalkalpen - © Nationalpark Kalkalpen/AhrerNationalpark Kalkalpen - © Nationalpark Kalkalpen/StücklerGeführte Nationalpark Wanderungen - © Nationalpark Kalkalpen/DanuserReiten im Nationalpark Kalkalpen - © OÖ Tourismus/ErberMusikalische Almfeste im Nationalpark Kalkalpen - © OÖ Tourismus/ErberSchneeschuhwandern im Nationalpark Kalkalpen - © TVB/SieghartsleitnerSchneeschuhwandern im Nationalpark Kalkalpen - © TVB/SieghartsleitnerWasserfall im Nationalpark Kalkalpen - © TVB/Sieghartsleitner

TIP: Enjoy a breathtaking circular view to the alpine panorama of the region from the transparent panorama tower at the visitors centre of the Wurbauerkogel in Windischgarsten. The tower is 21m high and opens views to 21 mountain peaks with over 2000m of altitude: view the mountain ranges of the Totes Gebirge, Sengsengebirge and the Haller Mauern. The exhibition “Fascination Rock” presents you with extraordinary details from the animal and plant kingdom above the forest line, while the panorama desks explain the various mountain tops.

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Basic information on the Kalkalpen National Park:

Established: 25 July 1997
Size: 20.850 ha
Altitude: 385 to 1.963 m (Hohe Nock)
Main type of rock: lime, dolomite
Mountain ranges: Sengsengebirge, Reichraminger Hintergebirge

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National Park Panorama Tower Wurbaue ...

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