Nature Park Karwendel

Nature Park Karwendel

Auf dem Weg in den tief verschneiten Karwendeltälern in Pertisau mit Blick auf den Dristenkopf und das Sonnjoch. /// The Karwendel valleys covered in snow backdropped by the Dristenkopf and the Sonnjoch.

The Nature Park Karwendel encompasses almost the entire Karwendel massif. At 727km² it is Tirol’s largest nature reserve and has an above-average proportion of natural habitats, such as primeval forests and wild rivers. It also boasts a remarkable diversity of species, some of which are rare or endangered in Europe, for example, the white-backed woodpecker and the lady’s slipper. Hikers can roam through unspoilt landscapes for hours on end, watching marmots, deer and hares, while birds of prey such as buzzards soar above.

Nature Park of the Year 2020
The Nature Park Karwendel has been named Nature Park of the Year 2020 by an independent jury of experts consisting of representatives of the Federal Environment Agency, the Alpine Pearls, the University of Vienna, the Environmental Education Centre and ORF Carinthia. It scored 129 out of a maximum of 150 points in the evaluation of the sectors nature conservation, recreation and tourism, environmental education, regional development, and public relations. The award also recognized the well-organised junior ranger programme and the commitment of the volunteers working in the Karwendel Nature Park.

From the hunting grounds of Emperor Maximilian to Austria’s largest nature park
The Karwendel mountains look back on a long history of human activity. In addition to alpine pasture farming, which has been documented since the 12th century, hunting played a major role. Hunting was first mentioned in records in 1420. The most famous hunter was Emperor Maximilian (1459-1519), who appreciated the Karwendel especially because of its abundance of chamois. To this day, hunting plays an important role, and there are still noble tenants today.

Out and about in the Karwendel
A nature park with the size of the Karwendel has numerous access and entry points. From Lake Achensee, the park is typically accessed via the Falzturn or Gerntal. Both are accessible by toll roads. However, there is still enough space for hikers and mountaineers who want to venture a little deeper into the Karwendel, for example to the Lamsenhochhütte or over the Plumsjoch into the Risstal.


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Ahornboden © Heinz Zak
Naturpark Karwendel vor Gramaialm Morgenstimmung Wanderin ©Valentin Blüml