wild water - steep rock
The Gesäuse National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Styria. It spreads over 12.000 hectares of land and is home to numerous plant and animal species. While the common sandpiper breeds next to the gravel banks of the rivers Enns and Johnsbach, the pretty feathered pink, an endemite of the northern Limestone Alps, grows on the slopes of the harsh and unapproachable mountains. A unique ecosystem in addition to a huge diversity of habitats is the result of the national park philosophy to not intervene in nature’s doings. Such landscapes have become rare and are particularly valuable.
Our landscape is wonderfully untamed; wild water and steep rock. Enns Valley in the Gesäuse forms one of the most impressive gorges in the Eastern Alps, including towering rock faces. The accentuated topography and geographical location goes hand in hand with a great biodiversity. There is no place in Austria with more endemic species.
We are a national park according to IUCN II criteria, i.e. our main task is the free development of nature (wilderness). The habitats and landscapes are strongly protected and humans are not allowed to interfere. Forestry, gravel mining and the like are prohibited as well. There is only one exception to the rule – alpine pastures.
Gesäuse National Park can best be experienced on foot or by raft on the Enns river. There are visitor centers at the Willow Dome and in Gstatterboden village. Enjoy our themed trails, hike along the numerous marked paths or participate in a guided tour. There are trails for every degree of difficulty; from barrier-free walking paths to the most difficult climbing routes. The best way to get the most out of your trip is to book a national park ranger.
Our program of events shows you the diversity of Styria's only national park: discover the Gesäuse National Park - from the valley to higher altitudes, from insects to red deer, from orchids to tree personalities!
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