Austria's Natural Beauty - Hohe Tauern National Park
The Hohe Tauern National Park stretches throughout the provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg, and Tyrol amid the source springs of the Isel, Moll, Salzach, and Mur. Numerous claims were made on the territory down through the decades due to its mineral resources. However, laws were enacted to stop these resources from becoming depleted. Hereby brought to the forefront were the conservation of unspoiled land, maintenance of cultivated tracts, science and research, environmental awareness and education, as well as recreation. The national park encompasses 1,800 square kilometers and consists of the core and surrounding territory. The surrounding territory, close to nature and tended by mountain farmers, captivates visitors with multicolored flower-filled meadows and alpine pastures. It is not only home to wild goats and white-headed vultures, but also to bearded vultures which were re-introduced into the region. The Umbal Falls and Krimml Waterfalls characterize the landscape. For reasons of conservation, precedence in the core is given to preserving the free, natural development of the ecosystem. Here the visitor finds a splendid mountainous region with calm lakes and impressive glaciers. The Hohe Tauern National Park serves as an ecological model for all of Europe. Alternative technology, avoiding waste, and the reduction of private transport have been successfully implemented. Researchers make use of the region as an outdoor laboratory for long-term observation and documentation.
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