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Kaunergrat Nature Park

Kaunergrat Nature Park

Pristine and diverse flora & fauna in a tiny area of Tyrol

Kaunergrat nature park is a must for guests visiting Pitztal.

In the summertime, Kaunergrat Nature Park Pitztal offers a microscopic world of originality and diversity. Experience the high alpine landscape, the dry grassland of Fließ, the glacier at the end of the valley and the diverse protected areas of the nature park. Round off your nature park experience in summer by making full use of the free guided walks with a nature park guide.

During the winter season Kaunergrat Nature Park Pitztal offers guided winter walks (snowshoeing, adventure walks with snow games, searching for animal tracks with a game keeper or a toboggan run on a traditional horn sledge). There is a weekly schedule for these Kaunergrat Nature Park Pitztal excursions.

Nature Park in numbers

  • Animal species: 1,100 butterfly species, 1,200 alpine ibex, etc
  • Plant species: from dry grassland to typical alpine flora
  • Educational trails: 6
  • Number of three thousand metre peaks: 84
  • Events per annum: 120
  • Nature park visitors per annum: 200,000
  • Regional tourism figures: ca. 10,000 beds and 1.3 million overnight stays
  • 47 catered mountain huts
  • Highest percentage of organic enterprises in all of Tyrol
  • Highest peak within the Nature Park: Watzespitze (3,532m)
  • Highest peak of the Nature Park region: Wildspitze (3,768m)
  • “Gepatschhaus” in Kaunertal, Austria’s oldest alpine club house
  • According to the Tyrolean land registry, highest percentage of original cultural landscape
  • Austria’s largest alpine ibex colony with 1,200 animals
  • Typical animal species: great diversity of grasshoppers and wild bees, alpine ibex, chamois, mouflon, red deer, deer, golden eagle, marmots and many more

Nature Park Centre

Tyrol’s first nature park centre has a lot to offer! Kaunergrat Nature Park Centre has become established as a popular tourist attraction over a short period.

At Kaunergrat Nature Park Centre

  • Get information about special natural beauty spots, hiking trails, culinary specialities and much more
  • Discover the diversity of Kaunergrat Nature Park in the exceptional “3,000 M VERTICAL” exhibition!
  • Experience unique panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges!
  • Hire snow shoes for a fee
  • Restaurant with all kinds of delicacies and fantastic panoramic views

“3.000 M VERTIKAL” exhibition

The exhibition “3.000 M VERTIKAL” explains the diverse habitats at Kaunergrat Nature Park and invites visitors to an interactive walk. The tour starts on the rugged and impressive Kaunergrat peaks and ends on the dry sunny slopes of the Inn valley. The movie „Traumreise in die Vergangenheit” (dream journey into the past) takes visitors to long past times of the Bronze and Roman Ages and shows the nature park in the course of the seasons.

Attention: exhibition in German only!

Opening times “3,000 M VERTICAL” exhibition
June to september: monday - sunday 10 am - 5 pm
October to may: monday - sunday 10 am - 5 pm (saturdays – entry by automatic ticket machine)
Closed: 27.10. to 24.12.2019, except 15. + 22.12.2019

Opening times restaurant:
June to october: daily 10 am - 6.30 pm, hot meals until 6 pm 
25 December to the end of May: daily from 10 am to 5 pm, closed on mondays
Closed: 27.10. to 24.12.2019, except 15. + 22.12.2019 

Snow shoe hire:
Daily 10 am – 3 pm except Saturdays

Information & contact Kaunergrat Nature Park:
Kaunergrat Nature Park (Pitztal – Kaunertal)
Gachenblick 100
A-6521 Fließ
Tel. +43 (0) 5449 63 04
naturpark@kaunergrat.at
Nature parc Kaunergrat
Restaurant Gachenblick

Piller Moor

Piller Moor is right next to the Nature Park Centre. It is one of Europe’s most beautiful hill moors and is home to a unique flora and fauna with more than 1,000 butterfly species. Piller Moor is completely accessible for wheelchairs and a great destination for a day trip. The Nature Park becomes tangible thanks to its comprehensive summer programme. Nature park guides take visitors on culinary herbal walks, professional nature photographers offer photo safaris into the world of alpine ibexes and on volunteering days the survival of this fantastic natural landscape can be ensured by taking care of it in a joint effort.

Accessible moor: pioneering Kaunergrat Nature Park

Piller moor at Kaunergrat Nature Park has been completely wheelchair accessible since 2014, the first of its kind in all of central Europe. Over a distance of 700 metres, driveable larch wood bridges guide visitors through this unique habitat created during the last ice age. More than 150 flower and moss species including especially rare and protected species, flourish here. Take in the natural beauty from two viewing platforms. Kaunergrat Nature Park is regarded as a trailblazer and was awarded the first prize by the Austrian ministry of tourism in the “accessible travel” category. Visitors can hire wheelchairs suitable for mountainous terrain and also additional wheelchair pulling equipment, the so called Swiss-Tracs that can easily overcome any variance in altitude if required. Kaunergrat Nature park stretches over a total of ca. 60,000 hectares and includes all levels of altitudinal diversification of the Alps – from the sun-kissed slopes of the Inn river valley with more than 1,000 butterfly species and 500 plants, all the way up to the prominent three thousand metre peaks of Pitztal and Kaunertal. If you wish, you can take part in volunteering projects and gain insight into the life of mountain farmers and park rangers. Or how about a photo workshop with flora and fauna as models? Meanwhile, Kaunergrat Nature Park Centre tempts visitors with a time-line journey through earth’s history and excitingly presented background information (this too is completely wheelchair accessible) Nature parc Kaunergart

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Kaunergrat Nature Park programme

Experience and enjoy: join us on a guided walk through the wheelchair accessible Piller Moor and learn interesting facts about flora and fauna or enjoy foraged herbs with a home-made snack. Nature Park club offers a diverse summer and winter schedule and turns the Kaunergrat region into an adventure for all!

Kaunergrat Nature Park winter programme

Kaunergrat invites guests and local residents to winter experiences from December to the end of March. The Kaunergrat region is most tempting in its winter guise: explore pristine winter landscapes with mountain guides, biologists, gamekeepers and farmers. Discover animal tracks and make your own tracks with snowshoes. Learn about the animals’ and plants’ ingenious survival strategies in winter.

  • Snow shoe hikes for absolute beginners, leisurely newcomers and sport enthusiasts
  • Animal tracks
  • Advent market

Kaunergrat Nature Park summer programme

Kaunergrat Nature park’s summer schedule provides an opportunity to discover the species-rich cultural landscape of this region through new and interesting perspectives.

  • The world of mushrooms
  • Guided herb walks
  • Nature meets civilization
  • Seminars by the Kaunergrat Academy regarding geology, botany and much more

Excursions at Kaunergrat Nature Park take place weekly. The programme can be requested at the Nature Park Centre’s office or at Pitztal Tourism Association. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Bookings & contact Kaunergrat Nature Park
Naturpark Kaunergrat (Pitztal-Fliess-Kaunertal)
Gachenblick 100, A-6521 Fließ
Tel. +43 (0) 544 963 04, Fax: +43 (0) 544 963 08
naturpark@kaunergrat.at, Kaunergrat Nature Park

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