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North of Innsbruck in the northern calcareous Alps is the largest Nature Protection Area in Austria. Karwendel is a 720sq km area famous for its spectacular scenery with lakes, rivers and waterfalls, dense forest and open alpine meadows. There are high, rocky peaks reaching a maximum of 2700m at Bikkarspitze.


Notable Species

Birds of the area include typical mountain species such as Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Rock Ptarmigan, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper and Snow Finch.

The forests hold woodpeckers, Eurasian Pygmy Owl and Tengmalm's Owl, Crested Tit, Western Bonelli's Warbler and Citril Finch.


Birds you can see here include:

Western Honey Buzzard, Common Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Hazel Grouse, Rock Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, Western Capercaillie, Rock Partridge, Eurasian Pygmy Owl, Tengmalm's Owl, Alpine Swift, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Eurasian Crag Martin, Water Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Common Dipper, Alpine Accentor, Ring Ouzel, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Crested Tit, Coal Tit, Wallcreeper, Red-backed Shrike, Alpine Chough, Northern Raven, White-winged Snow Finch, Chaffinch, Citril Finch, Eurasian Siskin, Common Crossbill

Other Wildlife

Chamois and Alpine Marmots are often seen and typical plants of the Alps such as Edelweiss, gentians and Alpenrose are also common.

Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

Reached by road from Innsbruck to the south or Pertisau to the east, there are many minor roads which enter the mountains in this area.

Contact Details

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Content and images originally posted by Steve