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Karwendel Nature Park

Covering an area of 727 square kilometres, the Karwendel Nature Park is home to steep, rocky mountains and vast areas of forest and meadows. Designated a protected nature reserve in 1928, it fascinates all who visit it with its pristine nature and unique mountain scenery.

The Karwendel Nature Reserve is full of natural wonders and contains a unique treasure of flora and fauna that merits both admiration and protection. In the valley you can explore beautiful flowering meadows rich in species that, in turn, attract an abundance of insects. Alongside common species such as wood scabious and small scabious, the superb pink also grows here, a species which certainly lives up to its name and which is very rarely seen in North Tyrol. In some areas here, the plants have to survive on extremely barren gravel bars. The pine forest in the Karwendel range is a typical feature of dry areas. The nature protection area is also home to several native orchid species, such as red helleborine and spotted orchids.

Hiking in the Karwendel range

The Karwendel mountain range provides perfect conditions for alpine hiking and mountain climbing tours. The ruggedly romantic landscape of the largest interconnected nature protection area in the Eastern Alps offers countless hiking trails, high-altitude tracks, via ferratas and mountain huts.

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Mountain biking in the Karwendel range

There are few mountainous regions in Europe that offer such a vast spectrum of mountain biking tours as the Karwendel massif, which boasts terrain just asking to be explored on two wheels. In addition to fantastic biking routes, the majestic mountain range also boasts an unparalleled richness…

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Mountain huts

In addition to the Alpine Club huts, the Karwendel range also boasts numerous privately- run huts, mountain farmhouses and taverns, perfect for resting and enjoying…

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Source of the river isar, © Olympiaregion Seefeld

Source of the river Isar

The source of the river Isar is located in the municipality of Scharnitz in an area surrounded by the majestic craggy peaks of the Karwendel massif. In the Hinterautal valley, the Isar begins its long journey…

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Naturpark Karwendel, © Olympiaregion Seefeld

The Nature Park

The alpine nature protection work carried out by the Karwendel Nature Park Association is based on the guiding principle of preserving, maintaining and shaping the…

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Nature Watch

Join a fascinating Nature Watch tour through the Karwendel mountains. Professional guides lead you through the nature conservation area with its native fauna, rare plant species, moorland and lots more besides.

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