worth protecting

Dead wood in the forest
(c)Erich Mayrhofer
A bird sits on common reed and sings
(c)Rupert Kogler

Responsible for
nature protection

The idea

From steppe lake to high mountains, from forest wilderness to floodplains, from raging river to gentle valley: As internationally recognised protected areas (category II), the six Austrian national parks preserve landscapes of wild beauty and enormous species richness. But their tasks include much more than just nature conservation. They are also important research centres, popular recreational areas and important actors in the field of environmental education.


A lake with plants in the water
(c)AL Archiv NP Neusiedler See
At the summit in the Hohe Tauern National Park.
(c)Sebastian Hoehn


Umbrella Organisation

The umbrella organisation of National Parks Austria combines the many voices of the national park landscape into a choir: acting in concert through the Management Board, comprised of the directors of the eight Austrian National Park administrations, the non-profit association has promoted the dynamic development of the protected areas and implemented joint projects as well as the well-publicised communication of shared concerns since 2011. Close cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility and Technology (BMK) gives the common voice an additional boost.

Support is also provided by the National Park Advisory Board, made up of representatives of regional states and NGOs, which constitutes a consultative and evaluative body.

Lots of trees in the forest
(c)Erich Mayrhofer

Supported by the Federal Government and the European Union.

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Our National Parks

Our parks are diverse, just like nature itself: profiles of the six National Parks in Austria

Our National Park Rangers

Employed in the service of nature: our National Park rangers are fervent ambassadors of nature and species conservation.

Scholarships & National Park Commitment

As a source of inspiration, research area and contact point for voluntary commitment, the Austrian National Parks establish various options to experience nature.

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