National Park Kalkalpen

National Park Kalkalpen in Austria

If nature is what you seek while traveling, look no further than that of Kalkalpen National Park. It is full of lush forest with breathtaking views of the alps each and every season. A UNESCO World Heritage site, in English the name translates to the Limestone Alps National Park. The park is within the Northern Limestone Alps mountain range, located in the state of Upper Austria. It was established and opened to the public in 1997.

Kalkalpen National Park has visitors centers in Molln, Ennstal, and at the Hengstpaßhütt near Rosenau.The Wurbauerkogel, a 21 metres (69 ft) high panorama view tower, is located near Windischgarsten. It is accessible by a chair lift and hiking paths. In clear weather 21 peaks of 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) or greater in elevation can be seen from Wurbauerkogel.

The park has numerous hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. The former Steyr Valley Railway, with sections now the Steyrtal rail trail, pass through the park in the Molln area. In the winter there are snowshoe hiking and alpine skiing routes.

Many visitors to this region choose to stay in the national park’s lodge and seminar center, the 1907 Villa Sonnwend, located in Windischgarsten. Aside from the lodge, visitors can seek accommodation in the alms and huts of the alps.

Whether for a day trip or a longer journey, one will be able to find peace and comfort in this serene and cozy mountain range.

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Read what others share about their experience

  • Vijayabalan Balakrishnan
    in the last week
    Today afternoon, I embarked on a journey into the heart of Austria's natural beauty by visiting...
  • Bart van Bree
    a year ago
    Quiet and beautiful area, excellent for hiking. There are plenty of signs to guide you around.
  • Volodia Kotylo
    4 years ago
    Cool park on the rainy day. The clouds, chilly temperature make it an enjoyable to walk. Not for...
  • Eleonora Barbiere
    9 months ago
    U need a bit of training otherwise you end up like me and my dog, resting in the shadows...
  • Petra Lnenickova
    2 years ago
    Beautiful and quiet place. Ideal for cyclists and hikers. Lovely little chalets serving local...

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