Nationalpark Kalkalpen

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The Nationalpark Kalkalpen is one of the 6 national parks in Austria. It is set in southern Upper Austria, west from the Ennstal valley and contains the Sengsengebirge mountains and the Reichraminger Hintergebirge mountains in the Oberösterreichische Voralpen, a part of the northern Kalkalpen. In this part of Upper Austria at the borders of Lower Austria and Styria, natural and cultural settings remained safe after the downfall of the iron industry - ideal conditions for founding a national park. It was opened on 25. July 1997 and contains an area of 20.825 hectares with more than 200km natural stream courses and 800 springs. Since 2004 the national park is also agreed with the Ramsar convention. The highest mountain is the Hoher Nock, with 1.963 metres. Numerous marked paths lead through the national park area. 4 fifths of the ground are wooded. 50 mammal species, 1.600 different butterflies and more than 1.000 different flowers, ferns and mosses live here. The area is strictly protected, and the surrounding villages Windischgarsten, Roßleithen, Rosenau am Hengstpaß, Weyer, Großraming, Reichraming, Molln and St. Pankraz provide it exclusively for soft tourism. In Molln a national park centre was built, informing of environmental topics and the national park, through information events and varying exhibitions. Alternative: Winter description
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