There are 11 protected areas within the 280 miles² of Alpenpark Karwendel, making it Austria’s largest nature park – home to 1305 plant species and 3035 species of animals. The ‘Natura2000’ area boasts the highest concentration of golden eagles in the Alps. Another striking feature of the alpine nature park is a sycamore forest at the back end of Rißtal Valley. It is considered to be the most impressive forest of alpine sycamore trees in the whole of Europe.
Primordial forests and raging rivers are distinguishing features of the land within Alpenpark Karwendel, an area which covers almost the entire Karwendel massif from Innsbruck to Lake Achensee. 340 sources provide excellent water quality in this incomparable cultural landscape. Probably the most famous nature conservation zone is the Karwendel area at the heart of the Karwendel Nature Park. The untouched natural landscape is truly stunning with its magnificent gorges and waterfalls.