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Observing flora and fauna in Austria's largest natural park

Observing flora and fauna in Austria’s largest natural park

Hear the whistle of the alpine marmot, and watch him in action too.
Look on as chamois leap across sheer rock faces.
Discover an array of unique flowers including the bearded bellflower, the Turk’s cap lily, the edelweiss and the Alpine gentian. Nature Watch enables you to experience eagles in flight at close quarters, near enough to see their individual feathers, while your expert guide imparts all the key facts.

Watch the magnificent golden eagle in flight in its natural habitat from the eagle observation post near the Hinterhornalm alpine hut. This is also the starting point for a variety of excellent nature-watching trips.

Binoculars on site
The Speckbacherhof in Gnadenwald offers guided tours of the region’s unspoilt natural scenery,
in conjunction with 24 other hotels in Tyrol. Guests receive a pair of Swarovski Optik binoculars in the hotel
and are accompanied on their expedition by professional Nature Watch guides. This new range of tours appeals to a diverse audience including young nature enthusiasts, extended families, hikers, climbers and experienced observers. Customised routes enable participants to view and experience a variety of subjects. Intensive wildlife observation guarantees an unforgettable experience. Information on the new range of holiday activities is available online at http://www.nature-watch.at.

Karwendel – up close and personal with a unique mountain range
Rugged vertical limestone walls, fascinating vegetation, emerald-green streams, and miles from civilisation. The Karwendel mountains captivate visitors from the moment they arrive. Originally the hunting ground of Emperor Maximilian, they were spared development over the following centuries and have been preserved as a natural treasure. The natural and cultural landscape of the Halltal Valley is particularly unique due to centuries of salt mining. Guests can observe the geology of distant mountain peaks and life in nearby ponds using precision binoculars from Swarovski Optik. The whole experience is a real treat for all the senses, stimulating creativity and imparting new knowledge in an informal manner.

Experiencing and observing nature-watching is all the rage
Precision binoculars provide guests with a different perspective on flora and fauna. They are a handy size, waterproof and dust-resistant, and extremely versatile, with an innovative design and top-quality ergonomics. They enable nature lovers to discover lots of little details that have previously been hidden from view.

Unique holiday offer
The idea behind Nature Watch is unique: environmentally-friendly tourism in conjunction with a new and unusual way of looking at nature. The long-established Tyrolean company Swarovski Optik in Absam is the global leader in the premium segment for long-range optical devices. This new range of holiday activities has been jointly developed and implemented by Swarovski Optik, Tourismusland Tirol tourism association, the consortium of Hohe Tauern National Park and Tyrolean Nature Parks, and tourism service providers.