Land as the Farmer’s handiwork ...

...our Culture has been shaped through Living Side by Side

For 5,000 years, man has been settled permanently in the valleys of the Hohe Tauern. It was the search for ores which once led him here. In the course of many centuries, wide mountain pasture landscapes came into being high above the forest line, grazed on by domestic animals and painstakingly cultivated by the hard-working hands of farmers. One special feature of the Hohe Tauern National Park is that not only purely natural landscapes, but also cultivated landscapes created by farmers, lie within the protected area. Not only an extraordinary variety of animal and plant species, but also an abundance of profane and sacred cultural treasures of farming life are the result of this long-standing symbiosis between wild nature and the cultivated landscape.

The outer zone of the National Park is an eldorado of enjoyable walks in the midst of a landscape for which man has always felt affection, despite the most strenuous labour, and which he has always needed in order to survive. Mountain hay meadows in their full flowering glory, strong, healthy domestic animals, delicious products from mountain pastures, Alpine huts and chapels, crystalclear air and the complete seclusion convey an archaic picture of a landscape where it is certainly rewarding to linger a while.

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