Latest Visits

Kalkalpen National Park - Wild Ditch - Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

Reichraming, Austria

Kalkalpen National Park (in English literally Limestone Alps National Park) is a national park within the Northern Limestone Alps mountain range, located in the state of Upper Austria, Austria. The park was established in 1997. The ancient beech forests within the national park were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe, because of their undisturbed nature and testimony to the ecological history of Europe since the Last Glacial Period. This transnational property includes 94 component parts in 18 countries. Since the end of the last Ice Age, European Beech spread from a few isolated refuge areas in the Alps, Carpathians, Dinarides, Mediterranean and Pyrenees over a short period of a few thousand years in a process that is still ongoing. The successful expansion across a whole continent is related to the tree’s adaptability and tolerance of different climatic, geographical and physical conditions. The Kalkalpen - Wilder Graben National Park is located in northern Upper Austria and is a true paradise for nature lovers, hikers, climbers and all those who want to relax in a wild, untouched landscape. The national park covers an area of almost 25,000 hectares and is the largest national park in Austria.

The Kalkalpen - Wilder Graben National Park is a beautiful place where you can experience nature in its purest form. It is home to a variety of different animal and plant species, including wolves, lynx, chamois, ibex, red deer, otters, rare bird species, alpine flowers and much more. Austria's oldest forests can also be explored in the national park, an absolute must for every nature lover.

The Kalkalpen - Wilder Graben National Park offers a variety of activities. There are numerous hiking trails that allow you to explore the breathtaking landscape. There are also climbing routes, mountain bike and rail bike trails, rafting tours and much more. There are also many opportunities to observe the beauty of nature, including bird watching, wildlife viewing, photography and many others.

The Kalkalpen - Wilder Graben National Park is an absolute must for anyone who is interested in nature and outdoor activities and is looking for unique experiences. Those who come here will be rewarded with an unforgettable experience.