Hohe Tauern National Park
Pristine, Osttirol natural arena
Hohe Tauern National Park is set in the midst of the fantastic mountainscape of the Hohen Tauern and the Lienz Dolomites. The pristine, Osttirol natural arena has a variety of sporting highlights on offer for guests in winter as well as summer. The highest mountains in the Alpine Republic, which has 241 three-thousand metre mountains in total, surprises nature lovers with its traditional mountain villages, superb panorama sites, managed Alpine lodges, huge fun on the pistes for Alpine skiing fans, cross-country slopes, horse-drawn carriage rides, well-marked themed hiking trails, adventure-filled via ferrata routes, guided mountain bike tours, and much more.
The Hohe Tauern National Park region also has attractions for culture-vultures. The 900 year old Schloss Weißenstein, the biggest parish church in Tirol, St. Alban, Matrei National Park House with its 'Tauernwelten' exhibit, are just a few of the sights around Matrei.
The National Park stretches over 1800 km² and is particularly famed for having the highest mountains in the Alpine Republik: the Großglockner at 3798m and the Großvenediger at 3674 m. A home to thousands of plant and animal species with idyllic mountain lakes, thundering waterfalls and babbling mountain streams, it invites activity fans, nature lovers and those looking for tranquillity a place to come and relax. Take a trip to Hohe Tauern National Park – you'll have an unforgettable experience.
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Großglockner Resort Kals Matrei
The over 100 km ski-runs have ideal snow conditions thanks to the high altitude. In any case there are snow-making facilities covering some 90% of the area. 16 comfortable top quality chair-lifts and cable cars take the visitor from the starting point Matrei (920 m) to the winter atmosphere of the top station of the Großglockner Resort (2.405).
Matrei in Osttirol
The National Park district of Matrei in Osttirol is located in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park region and is strongly characterised by its Alpine attributes. The town is the starting point for no end of sporting options in winter, and in summer too. The family-friendly Großglockner Resort ski area – which provides superlative piste fun has a variety of pistes for young and old, covering some 110 kilometres. Matrei in Osttirol is also the regional centre for gastronomy, shopping and culture with lots of events: exhibitions, theatre performances, a variety of concerts, farmer's markets, Stausee running event, the Alpine rose festival, the 'Schlipfkrapfen' party and much more.
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22 adventure-filled excursion destinations with just 1 ticket (June to September)
The Osttirol Card enables you to enjoy 7 days of free journeys on all Osttirol cable cars, entry to 5 outdoor pools, museum visits, such as Schloß Bruck, Aguntum - the only Roman settlement in Tirol and Matrei National Park House, as well as monuments such as the Pfeggerichtshaus Schloß Anras. As a special highlight, guided hikes with National Park Rangers are offered.
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