Background Info: Kalkalpen National Park

Feel the Spirit of wilderness

Kalkalpen National Park protect the last big forest wilderness of Austria, with the longerst natural stream system in the Eastern Alps. Here, nature is the top priority.  Colourful natural forests, Crystal-clear mountain streams and enchanting alpine pastures provide Habitats for an extraordinary diversity of animals and plants. Rare and endangered species, such as the lynx, have returnd to the wild forest of Kalkalpen National Park and found a place to live. 

Kalkalpen National Park is made up of two mountain ranges

Hintergebirge © MayrhoferThe Reichraminger Hintergebirge is one of Austria's largest distinct forest areas - a sea of forest, which has not yet been dissected by public transportation routes and human habitation. Here, you will also find one of the longest intact stream systems of the Eastern Alps. Old shelters and overgrown trails remind us today of how wood was used and harvested in earlier times.


Östlicher Sengsengebirgsgrat © SieghartsleitnerThe Sengsengebirge is a northern outpost of the Limestone Alps. The ca. 20 km long main ridge reaches its highest point at the Hoher Nock (1,963 m).
The name Sengsengebirge can be traced back to the use of the forests as a source of energy for the numerous scythe smithies once located here.

Facts & Figures

Established: July 25, 1997
Area: 20,850 ha
Zoning: 89% nature zone, 11% conservation area
Property: 88% federally owned (Austrian Forestry Service), 11% privately owned, and 1% municipal property
Internationally recognized: as a national park (IUCN category II) since 1998, Ramsar protected area (wetland of global importance), and Natura 2000 area (European nature reserve) since 2004
Elevation: 385 to 1,963 m (Hohe Nock)
Main types of rock: Wetterstein limestone, primary dolomite

Landscape Classification of Kalkalpen National Park

(Updated June 2011)

  • 81% forest
  • 8% mountain pine
  • 6% alpine pastures and meadows
  • 5% rock and scree

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Übersichtskarte Nationalpark Kalkalpen Region © Atteneder