THE HOHE TAUERN
Austria is known for its stunning national parks. The oldest and biggest of which is the Hohe Tauern National Park which can be reached in just 10 minutes from the Landhaus Bergner Alm chalet. The Hohe Tauern National Park covers an area of 1,856 square kilometres making it the largest protected area in the Alps, and a place of awe-inspiring natural beauty.
The untouched mountainous landscape is characterised by lush forests, crystal clear lakes and cascading rivers and waterfalls. Glaciers still exist in their abundance, and idyllic alpine pastures are interspersed among the rugged mountain peaks. It really is a dream place for any lover of nature.
Visiting the Hohe Tauern National Park whilst staying at the Landhaus Bergner Alm chalet couldn't be easier either. It's just a short 10 minute journey to reach the outer rim of the conservation park, and all that it has to offer. Why not take a drive along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road through the Hohe Tauern National Park to Austria's highest mountain the Grossglockner; visit the Pasterze glacier, or perhaps search for marmots roaming around the mountains whilst hiking in the rugged and raw terrain of the national park.
VISITING THE GROSSGLOCKNER
Austria's Highest Mountain
The Landhaus Bergner Alm chalet is lucky enough to be situated just 800 metres from the starting point of the world famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road, a 48km long alpine road that winds through part of the Hohe Tauern National Park to the foot of Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner. Open from May through to late October, this is an absolute must see whilst you're on holiday at the Landhaus Bergner Alm. It's an exhilarating drive with breathtaking views of towering mountains, crystal clear lakes, glaciers and waterfalls.
The Hohe Tauern National Park is a paradise for hikers. The extensive network offers hikes across varied terrain, ranging from walks through forested valleys to high alpine rocky ascents. The ruggedness of the national park really does take your breath away. With the aid of a proper hiking map, the trails can be navigated on your own. Should you wish to follow a professional through, guided tours with a ranger are also available. There are also plenty of educational and themed trails for people with children too.
Alpine Flora & Forna
The variety of biodiversity in the Hohe National Park is incredible. There are over 15,000 recorded animal species including golden eagles, marmots and chamois mountain goats. If you're lucky, you may also see an Alpine Ibex - the famous Steinbock. There is also an abundance of flora too, with an estimated 3,500 plant species recorded to date. The Edelweiss flower is a true symbol of Austria and the Alps, so do make sure to keep an eye out for this delicate yet sturdy alpine flower when visiting the national park.