Nature Park Ötscher-Tormäuer
Nature Experience in Lower Austria – Nature Park Ötscher-Tormäuer
The Nature Park Ötscher-Tormäuer in the heart of Austria is with 170 square kilometre the biggest one of Lower Austria. With its unrivalled landscape, including cliffy mountains and gentle meadows, the protected area excites mountaineers and nature lovers alike. In the middle of the park dominates the 1893 meters high peak of the Ötscher Mountain the landscape and deliver an impressive scenery from every direction.
The main attraction of the region is the Grand Canyon of Austria – the „Ötschergräben“. The canyon cuts deep into the valley and a trail runs along a crystal mountain river, through several natural rock gates and romantic forests to the secluded alpine hut “Schutzhaus Vorderötscher”. A sleepover in this calm environment is the perfect opportunity to escape from everyday life and feel the magic of nature.
All over the Nature Park bizarre rock formations, roaring waterfalls, hidden caves and rare Alpine plants enable the guests intensive experiences in and with nature.
In the whole region botanical specialities are waiting in the spaciously forests and the steep gorge. For Example, Twenty-five different orchids in danger of extinction have their habitat in the park.
Guided tours offer even deeper adventures in the intact, native environment. The local rangers lead you to the most awesome viewpoints, share stories about the region with you and show you fascinating secret places in the pure nature. It is the best possibility to get a wide overview about the life, fauna and flora in the Nature Park Ötscher-Tormäuer.
As a speciality, you can also discover the Nature Park by the railway. The historical gauge railway Mariazellerbahn takes you through a large part of the Park until Mariazell. The “Stairway to Heaven” is definitely one of the most comfortable transport ways trough the Nature Park Ötscher-Tormäuer.