Sölktäler Nature Park

Country: Austria
Established in: 1982
Surface area: ca. 28.000 ha
Municipalities: Community of Soelk
Main features: comprehensive visitor stream management and education of locals to increase awareness of the region and to be able to relay this knowledge to visitors (workshops).

Discover the Park!

Park Description:

Soelkpass is the highest pass in the province of Styria with 1788m. Through the pass road the area around the Sölkpass is easily accessible. The attractive landscape with mountain lakes, a wonderful plant world and attractive hiking destinations has a high attractiveness for hikers in summer. In winter this area offers several very attractive backcountry skiing tours.

Seekarlsee Lake

Seekarlsee Lake - Photo by Paradies Ennstal

The area around the Sölkpass is the only nature reserve in the Sölktäler Nature Park. Sensitive use of this area is therefore of great importance. With regard to visitor guidance, the hunting interests must be taken into account. In addition to the Sölkpass, the Schwarzensee in the Kleinsölk Valley in summer is one of the tourist hotspots of the Sölktäler Nature Park. Naturally responsible visitor guidance is also important here.

Delicacies from Soelktaeler

Delicacies from Soelktaeler Nature Park - Photo by Lupi Spuma

CEETO Pilot Action Objectives:

The pilot aims to implement the common governance model inside the Soelktaeler Nature Park, whos 2/3 consist of Natura 2000 network sites. Since its foundation SNP has a strong cooperation with local schools, touristic operators, farmers and or Natura 2000 sites a close collaboration with Province of Styria Nature Conservation department. The Park has a tourism association that is part of the tourism region Schladming-Dachstein, one of the strongest tourism regions.