Natur- und Geopark Steirische Eisenwurzen

The UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the north of the Austrian province of Styria. With an area of 586 km2 it is the largest Nature park of Styria. Geographically, it is part of the Northern Calcareous Alps which constitute the northernmost mountain chain of the Eastern Alps. The landscape is dominated by mountains up to 1000 m, broad valleys of the main rivers Enns and Salza and deep gorges of its tributaries.The Styrian Eisenwurzen UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the Northern Calcareous Alps which is the northernmost mountain chain of the Eastern Alps. The landscape is dominated by mountains up to 1000 m in elevation, broad valleys of the rivers Enns and Salza with deep gorges of their tributaries. More than half of the area is covered by forests.Besides the breeding of cattle and sheep an increasing number of farmers produce local food specialities. The UNESCO Global geopark owes its name to the large number of small ironworks using the raw material from the close-by opencast mine Erzberg. They were closed down with the beginning of industrialization in the 19th century.

The UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the north of the Austrian province of Styria. With an area of 586 km2 it is the largest Nature park of Styria.

The Styrian Eisenwurzen UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the Northern Calcareous Alps which is the northernmost mountain chain of the Eastern Alps. The landscape is dominated by mountains up to 1000 m in elevation, broad valleys of the rivers Enns and Salza with deep gorges of their tributaries. More than half of the area is covered by forests.
Besides the breeding of cattle and sheep an increasing number of farmers produce local food specialities in perfect harmony with the nature and the intangible heritage from old tradition.
Many spectacular trails lead through gorges, and caves, the Klaeffer spring of the Vienna water works and the enjoyable Water Adventure Park provide learning experience of its unique geology. Pics by ©Stefan Leitner

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