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National Park Kalkalpen

What's up with a forest sea and moated castle? Why can a mountain be called "Spitzmauer" and a gorge "Vogelgesang"? Questions about questions, when dealing with the area in and around the Kalkalpen National Park ...

The Kalkalpen National Park with the largest forest region in Central Europe and the country's largest karst spring, the Pießling Ursprung in Roßleithen, is a paradise for nature lovers. A colorful mosaic of natural forests, scenic mountain peaks, hidden gorges and pristine mountain streams. If you want to escape the noise of everyday life and start looking for a unique flora and fauna, you should set out on a journey of discovery in the Kalkalpen National Park. The best is with trained national park guides who offer guided tours all year round to the natural wonders in the Kalkalpen National Park. From the birch cock ball and orchid blossom in the spring over summer game cherries, alpine and cave tours to Hirschbrunft and the autumn magic in Bodinggraben.

The following photo gallery can be navigated with the arrow keys (left, right).

TIP: The glass panorama tower in the visitor center on the Wurbauerkogel near Windischgarsten guarantees a breathtaking panoramic view of the region's mountain panorama. The 21-meter-high tower provides a clear view of 21 "two-thousanders": Totes Gebirge, Sengsengebirge and Haller Walls are almost invisible here. The exhibition of the Kalkalpen National Park "Faszination Fels" presents extraordinary, remarkable and world-class flora and fauna above the tree line, while the panorama pelts also explain the surrounding mountain peaks.

Key facts about the Kalkalpen National Park:


Built: July 25, 1997

Size: 20,850 acres

Altitude: 385 to 1,963 meters (Hohe Nock)

Main rock types: Wetterstein lime, Hauptdolomit.

Mountain units: Sengsengebirge, Reichraminger Hintergebirge

Offers of the National Park Kalkalpen


Kalkalpen National Park Ranger tours

The Kalkalpen National Park is the largest Buchenwald protected area in the Alps and, since 2017, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Austria. Accompanied by National Park Rangers, you'll discover the diversity of mountain forests and alpine...

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Rosenau am Hengstpaß

National Park Panorama Tower Wurbauerkogel

The national park visitors centre at the Wurbauerkogel impresses with ist unique panorama tower and the exhibition „Fascination Rock“ is definately worth seeing – now also barrier-free! Exhibition "Faszination Fels" in the Nationalpark Panoramaturm...

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Rosenau am Hengstpaß

Hengstpaßhütte - visitors information of the Kalkalpen National Park

The Limestone Alps National Park visitor center Hengstpaßhütte is a service center for hikers, bikers and nature lovers! According to old models of the Limestone Alps National Park has re-established the Hengstpaßhütte. She stands hikers and national...

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Nationalpark Besucherzentrum Ennstal

Ennstal National Park Visitors' Centre

Located at the entrance to the peaceful Hintergebirge it is an ideal setting-off point for all excursions into the Kalkalpen National Park. In the exhibit "Wondrous World of the Forest Wilderness", you can learn about the wild forest and marvel at...

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Nationalpark Zentrum Molln

National Park Centre Molln

The National Park Centre Molln is a service center for visitors. Get information about the National Park Limestone Alps, guided tours, hiking suggestions, tips for cycling and mountain biking trails, tourist information and travel advice in the...

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