Kalkalpen National Park
Wild and rich in species - on an area of 209 km2, the Kalkalpen National Park protects the largest contiguous forest area in Austria. 75% of the area is wilderness - that is unique in Austria.
The Reichraminger Hintergebirge is one of the largest closed forest areas in Austria - a sea of forest that has not yet been cut by public transport routes and settlements. Here we also find one of the longest intact stream systems in the Eastern Alps. Old Klausen and dilapidated Triftsteige still remind us of the use of wood in earlier times.
The Sengsengebirge is a northern outpost of the Alpine Limestone Alps. The approximately 20 km long main ridge reaches its highest point with the Hohen Nock (1,963m). The name Sengsengebirge is derived from the use of the forests as an energy source for the scythe smiths that used to be very numerous here.
Key data on the Kalkalpen National Park:
Established: July 25, 1997
Size: 20,850 hectares
Zoning: 89% natural zone, 11% conservation zone
Real estate: 88% republic (Austrian Federal Forests), 11% private property and 1% municipal property
Internationally recognized: as National Park (IUCN Category II) since 1998, Ramsar Protected Area (wetland of global importance) since 2004 and Natura 2000 Area (European Protected Area) since 2004 Member of National Parks Austria / ALPARK / greenAlps / Wilde Europe / European Wilderness Society
Altitude: 385 to 1,963 meters (Hohe Nock)
Main rock types: Wetterstein limestone, main dolomite