You really do get to make the most of the variety-packed offer available in the Hohe Tauern National Park with the National Park Summer Card. As a guest staying in the Birkenhof, you receive this free of charge, for the duration of your stay. It can also be redeemed on the day you arrive and the day you are due to depart. The Summer Card is available every year from 01 May to 31 October.
For those of you who would like to find out more about nature, the Summer Card also provides an extensive Ranger Programme, with twenty guided hikes per week in which you can participate free of charge. Enjoy a "Geocaching tour in the valley of the emeralds" or an excursion through "Rauriser Urwald" or maybe even a "summit meeting" in the area of the easy three-thousand metre mountains.
Discounts with the Summer Card at:
The most famous Alpine road takes you to the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park to the highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner (3798m) and its glacier, the Pasterze. At 48 kilometres, this high Alpine road with 36 switchbacks, climbing up to 2504 metres, a very special experience of nature and driving awaits! You cross through a unique mountain realm with blossoming Alpine meadows, aromatic mountain forests, mighty cliff faces and white ice to the foot of the Großglockner, Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe!
Standard tariff: Euro 36.00 per car/ Euro 26.00 per motorbike
Rauriser Hochalmbahn, a 6-seater cable car takes you to our 'family mountain', the Hochalm, at 1780m in just a few minutes. The bird of prey centre is right at the Hochalmhütte. The otherwise shy owls and birds of prey here can be experienced up close. The behaviour and way these, in part endangered animals, is explained in a session lasting approx. 40 minutes.
Guided tours 11.00 and 14.30 Standard tariff: Euro 33.00 per adult / Euro 23.50 per child
Excursion experience with mountains, lakes and glaciers! The cable car takes you into the impressive natural surroundings in the middle of the Hohe Tauern National Park at over 2300 m. Weißsee Glacier World is a popular excursion destination for walkers, hikers, mountain pros and climbers.
Standard tariff: Euro 28.00 per adult / Euro 14.00 per child
Rest and relaxation for all the family can be found in the heated outdoor pool (24 °C). Along with the swimmers and non-swimmers pools, there is a splash area, a play area, a 51m water slide and table tennis table.
Standard tariff: Euro 5.00 per adult / Euro 3.50 per child
A game of golf for all the family. The mountain and plant realm in all its beauty tempts you to see nature from a different aspect -making hiking a joy. A total of 11 stations have been set up along the 6 km hiking path, at the loveliest places. New and impressive 'mountain golf courses' (similar to mini golf courses) have been set up using old agricultural equipment. Clubs also make for excellent hiking poles. Use of the facilities, incl. hire equipment
Standard tariff: Euro 3.00 per adult / Euro 1.50 per child
The 6.4 x 9.7m squash court is located in the Hotel Sonnhof, 100 m above the main road. Please bring sports shoes with you. 2 rackets and 1 ball are provided.
Game duration: 30 minutes.
Please telephone to organise a time!
Standard tariff: Euro 7.00 per person
The well-tended 18-hole mini golf facility is a 5 minute walk up from the church. There is also a kiosk with terrace, a table tennis table and children's play equipment available. The facility is floodlit in the evening. Use of the facilities, incl. hire equipment:
Standard tariff: Euro 3.20 per adult / Euro 2.80 per child
Right on the Großglockner road, before the toll area, is an area spanning approx. 15 hectares which has more than 200 animals, indigenous to Alpine areas. Paths are suitable for prams and wheelchairs. There is a 20,000 m² adventure area for children and entry is free.
Standard tariff: Euro 8.00 per adult / Euro 4.00 per child
Kitzlochklamm is certainly the loveliest and most impressive gorge in our region. The numerous little waterfalls, impressive bridges and little idyllic bays make the gorge a very special natural monument. Every Tuesday in July and August there is a torchlit hike with music (surcharge payable).
Standard tariff: Euro 6.00 per adult / Euro 4.00 per child
Free with the Summer Card
After the heyday of Rauris gold mining in the 15th/16th century, today the gold panning site offers an adventure area with inflow area, panning pond, log cabin, children's play area and outdoor barbecue. Included in the entry fee: hire equipment (gold panning bowl and shovel).
Standard tariff: Euro 6.00 per adult / Euro 6.00 per child
Panning for gold at 1480 m – gold panning pan and phials are available for the gold you find. And you are definitely guaranteed to make a find, as long as you pay heed to the practical advice provided by professional gold panners. Any Tauern gold you find can of course be taken away with you. Good luck!
Standard tariff: Euro 8.00 per adult
The altitude road takes you into one of the loveliest valley heads in Europe. The Hohe Tauern National Park unfolds here in its most splendid variety. Hiking and panning for gold are just two of the extensive activities available in this part of Raurisertal. The Knappenwanderweg rekindles the nostalgia of gold prospecting romance.
Standard tariff: Euro 9.00 per car
The Tälerbus takes you to Golehenalm and Palfneralm, in Seidlwinkltal, which is closed off to regular traffic. Numerous hiking options are available for you there, for instance to Rauriser Tauernhaus, the Litzlhofalm or to the Großglockner High Alpine Road and the Hochtor.
Standard tariff: Euro 15.00 per adult / Euro 7.50 per child
Head out on a National Park hike in the valley of the vulture or to Rauris primeval forest in Kolm Saigurn - every week and free with the Summer Card!