Explore the National Park

At the heart of the Austrian Alps is the Hohe Tauern National Park, with an area of 1,800 km² it is the second largest in Europe. Austria's highest mountain peaks, vast glaciers, alpine meadows, rocks and waterfalls as well as centuries-old cultural landscapes characterize its appearance. We are very proud of this unique landscape and the way in which the Mittersill farmers of days gone by have cared for the land! Our hiking hotel Sonnberghof is located on the edge of the National Park zone. However, the attachment to the traditional mountain agriculture extends far beyond the park and far beyond one generation.


For many years the hiking hotel Sonnberghof has been a partner of the Hohe Tauern National Park.


The Hohe Tauern National Park is an area of extraordinary natural beauty. It is a primary landscape, so at no time has the National Park had a strong human influence, therefore  

controlled tree felling measures are now often necessary.


On the other hand, large areas like this are normally never to be entered by people. 

The harsh winters with extreme avalanche dangers make accessibility to the Hohe Tauern mountain range only for a few, very experienced climbers possible.


In summer, however, the Hohe Tauern National Park opens its doors to visitors -with all its diversity and beauty. The entire area is impressive, but some highlights stand out particularly and are worth a visit for sure.


In the Hohe Tauern National Park there are 266 peaks over 3,000 meters and 551 lakes with a size between 27.03 ha and 35 m² meters


To give an exact number of glaciers is very difficult, 250 seems plausible though. The longest is definitely the Pasterze in the Grossglockner at a length of 5 km from the glacier until Hufeisenbruch and 7 km from the glacier down to the Johannisberg (as of 2003).


These figures impress and prove how versatile the National Park region Hohe Tauern is. Its inhabitants often require the ability to adapt to extreme living conditions. Finally, the National Park begins from 1010m above sea level, the highest point is the Grossglockner, which is Austria's highest mountain at 3798m. The rulers of this nature are certainly the wildlife: eagles, deer, mountain goats, arctic hare, brown bears and many more live here under the supervision of the National Park Rangers.