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Campingurlaub in Oberösterreich. Frau schaut aus dem Fenster eines fahrenden Campers und lacht. Im Hintergrund sind die Straße und Landschaft zu erkennen.

Kalkalpen National Park

Molln, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for kids (all ages)

The Kalkalpen National Park protects Austria's last great forest wilderness with the longest natural stream system in the Northern Kalkalpen. The mountain forests are habitats for an outstanding wealth of animal and plant species. Remarkable is the high number of "primeval forest species", which can only survive in forests with sufficient old trees and deadwood. 75% of the national park area is wilderness area - this is unique in Austria.

Welcome to the Kalkalpen National Park!
Opened 25 July 1997
Internationally recognised IUCN Category II,
Natura 2000 and Ramsar protected area, UNESCO World Heritage
Site Sengsengebirge and Reichraminger Hintergebirge area
Altitude 395 to 1,963 metres (Hoher Nock)
Size 20,850 hectares, of which
forest 81
mountain pines 8%
Alpine pastures & meadows 6%
Rock & scree 5%
Nature zone 89%
Preservation zone 11%

Natural features
200 kilometres of natural streams
800 springs
30 forest communities, primeval forest areas and natural old beech forests
50 mammal species, including 17 bat species
80 breeding bird species, including 6 woodpecker species
1000 different flowering plants, 42 wild orchid species
1500 butterfly species, nowhere else in Austria are so many species known
Rare forest bird species such as white-backed woodpecker, rough-legged owl and pygmy flycatcher are found in high density
Enormous number of beetle species, including 22 confirmed primeval forest relict species such as the alpine longhorn beetle and the large flat beetle
Returnees: golden eagle, otter, lynx and peregrine falcon have returned, black stork is a new arrival
Over 100 endemics: Species that are only found in the Alpine region worldwide, such as a cave-dwelling beetle species
Discover the adventure of forest wilderness while hiking, cycling or horseback riding
In the tour portal https://wildniswandern.kalkalpen.at/de/touren/ you will find the right path and learn interesting details about the large and small natural wonders in the Kalkalpen National Park.  All tours are also available on the free app "WildnisWandern, Kalkalpen National Park" for Android and iOS

Accessible all year round

  • open to the public

Accessibility / arrival

via Linz: A1 (Westautobahn) to Voralpenkreuz - A9 (Pyhrnautobahn) or B138 (Pyhrnpaß-Bundesstraße) towards Graz - exit Roßleithen/Windischgarsten.
Exit Klaus - turn off to B140 (Steyrtal-Bundesstraße) into the Steyrtal valley to Molln.

via Steyr: B140 (Steyrtal-Bundesstraße) to Molln. Continue in the direction of Windischgarsten via the B138 (Pyhrnpaß-Bundesstraße) or A9.
via the B115 (Eisen-Bundesstraße) into the Ennstal.

Travelling by public transport
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Guided tour

Experience the Kalkalpen National Park
Accompany a National Park Ranger into the forest wilderness and learn about the natural treasures of the Kalkalpen National Park. On a guided tour you will discover rare orchids, observe wild animals in their natural habitat and learn news about the shy forest cats on a lynx information tour. The complete and varied visitor programme can be found in the annual programme booklet and on the internet https://www.kalkalpen.at

  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for schools
  • Suitable for kids (all ages)
  • Suitable for teenagers
  • Suitable for seniors
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples
  • Suitable for children
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Please get in touch for more information.


Kalkalpen National Park
Nationalpark Allee 1
4591 Molln

Phone +43 7584 3951
E-Mail office@kalkalpen.at
Web www.kalkalpen.at

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