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The Gesäuse National Park is a national park in the Austrian state of Styria. Located in the mountainous Upper Styrian region, it covers large parts of the Gesäuse range within the Ennstal Alps and the steep water gap of the Enns river between Admont and Hieflau. The area also covers parts of the municipal areas of Johnsbach, Weng, Landl and Sankt Gallen.

The national park currently covers 110 km², with another 15 km² planned. It was established on October 26, 2002.

The highest mountain is Hochtor at 2,369 m (7,772 ft).

Getting there

By Train

There are great options for reaching the park by train on weekends and holidays. There is a direct route from Vienna to Gesäuse.

By Car

A car is a good way to reach the park. You can drive from Vienna in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

When to visit

All seasons are suitable to explore the Gesäuse National Park.


Park website


Park size

125 km²

Park founded


Map of Gesäuse National Park

Image gallery of Gesäuse National Park

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Visitor/Information centres in Gesäuse National Park

Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.

Natural Sights

Most national parks have there own trademarks. This goes for both natural sights and man-made. This section will list any popular sights in nature.

Mountains in Gesäuse National Park

This section will list some of the famous peaks in the national park. Be sure to do proper research before venturing on to the high peaks.

Wildlife in Gesäuse National Park

These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.

Bears in Gesäuse National Park

Bears in Gesäuse National Park

No bears in the park

This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.