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Visitor Centres in Alpine Protected Areas

Discover the visitor centres of the Alpine Protected Areas (APA) as well as other centres and museums dedicated to the mountains and the Alps.

If your visitor centre is not listed here, please contact us under this address.

GERMANY

Nationalpark Berchtesgaden

Haus der Berge - open in 2013

"Let Nature Remain Nature"

ViVialp station available

www.nationalpark-berchtesgaden.bayern.de

www.haus-der-berge.bayern.de

Naturpark Nagelfluhkette

AlpSeeHaus

Film about the concept of the visitor centre

alpseehaus.de

AUSTRIA

Nationalpark Hohe Tauern/Salzburg

Nationalparkwelten Mittersill

8 thematic worlds (mountain pastures, forest, glaciers etc.) Highlights: the Eagle's Flight Panorama, a large marmot burrow in which children can crawl, the 3D computer animation, the Avalanche-Waterfall Dome, and the World of Glaciers...

ViVialp station available

www.nationalparkzentrum.at

Nationalpark Hohe Tauern/Tirol

Nationalparkhaus Matrei

On the wing with the kings of the skies, interactive puzzles and games for the young, set in a cultural landscape thousands of years old, land of the 1000 water features, Noah's Ark of extreme, etc.

ViVialp station available

www.hohetauern.at

Nationalpark Hohe Tauern/Kärnten

Bios Nationalparkzentrum Mallnitz

Exhibits: "National Park Adventure": explore the park as a ranger & "Discover invisible wonders"

ViVialp station available

www.bios-hohetauern.at

Nationalpark Kalkalpen

Nationalpark Besucherzentrum Ennstal

The Enns Valley visitor centre is located directly next to the river Enns.

“Wild Woods Wonder World” Exhibition

www.nationalparks.or.at - Enns

www.kalkalpen.at

Nationalpark Kalkalpen

Nationalpark Zentrum Molln

Modern atrium construction in Austria’s biggest wooden house

“Secret Waters“: exhibition on the hidden worlds of springs

www.nationalparks.or.at - Molln

www.kalkalpen.at

Nationalpark Gesäuse

Weidendom

“Willow Dome”: Unusual structure formed from living willow rods. Hosts various events and a research station. Educational trail.

www.nationalpark.co.at

Alpenpark Karwendel

Naturparkhaus Hinterriβ

Recently inaugurated (June 2009)

www.karwendel.org

Biosphärenpark Großes Walsertal

HausWalserstolz

Biosphere Reserve's presentation and information, alpine dairy, presentation and participation in cheese production, regional gastronomy.

www.hauswalserstolz.at

FRANCE

Maison des Parcs et de la Montagne

City of Chambéry and partner parcs

“House of Parcs and Mountains”: Exhibition centre by the city of Chambéry, presenting the parks in Savoie (Bauges, Chartreuse, Vanoise)

ViVialp station available

www.chambery.fr/165-maison-des-parcs.htm

Espace Glacialis

Parc National de la Vanoise

Exhibition centre by Vanoise National Parc and the commune of Champagny-en-Vanoise on the theme of mountain glaciers

www.espace-glacialis.fr

Parc National de la Vanoise

Maison de la Vanoise - Termignon

ViVialp station available

www.parcnational-vanoise.fr

Parc National Les Ecrins

Maison du Parc - Vallouise

ViVialp station available

All in all seven visitor centres in the different parts of Les Ecrins National Park

www.ecrins-parcnational.fr

Parc National Les Ecrins

Maison du Parc - Vallée du Valgaudemar

ViVialp station available

Parc naturel régional du Luberon

The main visitor centre (Maison du Parc) is located in a historic building directly in the old town of Apt

The city of Manosque offers a special “House of Biodiversity” (Maison de la Biodiversité)

www.parcduluberon.fr - Apt

www.parcduluberon.fr - Manosque

Parc naturel régional du Massif des Bauges

There are two thematic visitor centres in the park: “La Maison faune-flore” (focus on wildlife) and “La Chartreuse, Maison du Patrimoine” (information on the cultural and rural heritage, located in a former monastery)

www.parcdesbauges.com

ITALY

Parco naturale Adamello Brenta

Five visitor centres with different thematic focuses (fauna, flora, local traditions etc. and especially the bear, the park´s animal symbol)

www.pnab.it

Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio

Nationalpark Stilfser Joch

Three different visitor centres: "Naturatrafoi" (focussing on the high mountain world and survival techniques of plants and animals), "Aquaprad" (offering 13 fish aquariums) and "Culturamartell" (informing about local traditions).

naturatrafoi.com

Parco naturale/Parc naturel Mont Avic

Forte di Bard

Monumental fortress hosting the "Museum of the Alps"

ViVialp station available

www.fortedibard.it

Parco delle Orobie Valtellinesi

Centro visitatori La casa del Tempo

Focussing on the historical evolution of the region (geology, wildlife, local culture)

www.parcorobievalt.com

Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso

Several thematic visitor centres (on the forms of the landscapes, the bearded vulture and the ibex, the park´s symbol etc.)

A new visitor centre, presenting itself as a Park Laboratory, was opened in Cogne in 2007

ViVialp station available

www.pngp.it

Parco Nazionale Val Grande

Several smaller visitor centres and museums, including the water museum "Acquamondo"

www.parcovalgrande.it

Parco naturale Dolomiti Friulane

The visitor centre of Cimolais, one of several "centri visite" of the park, was newly inaugurated in 2008

www.parcodolomitifriulane.it

Parco naturale delle Prealpi Giulie

Besides information points and exhibition facilities, the main visitor centre is located in "La casa del parco", the park authority´s head offices

www.parcoprealpigiulie.org

Naturpark Drei Zinnen / Parco naturale Tre Cime

The visitor centre and the northeast part of the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park have many fascinating aspects. There is an experience workshop, an aquarium with snails, yellow-bellied toads, dragonfly larvae and Alpine newts, while the open-air area offers the “Woodland World of Wonders”, the tree village and Celtic tree horoscope.

www.provinz.bz.it/natur

Naturpark Puez-Geisler / Parco naturale Puez-Odle

The Nature Park centre covers different topics: "Touching the mountains" presents the geology of the Dolomites, "Miracles of nature" shows animal skins, eggs, feathers, footprints, teeth, antlers and healing herbs, while "Conquering mountains" mainly concerns the sport of mountain climbing and Reinhold Messner.

Naturpark Schlern-Rosengarten / Parco naturale Sciliar-Catinaccio

The Nature Park visitor centre is housed in the former Steger sawmill. This 400-year old water-powered saw has been renovated and is now fully functional. The living quarters with parlour, kitchen and bedroom have also been reconstructed. Display boards inside and a nearby wood trail give information about the Nature Park.

Naturpark Texelgruppe / Parco naturale Gruppo di Tessa

The Nature Park visitor centre in Naturns (Naturno) develops the theme of “Water and Light”. There are presentations of a spring biotope, the culturally and historically interesting irrigation systems known as the “Waale”, a green pond biotope containing tadpoles and toads and three aquariums.

Naturpark Fanes-Sennes-Prags / Parco naturale Fanes-Senes-Braies

The ramps in the visitor centre are used as show floor to explain the origins of the Dolomites, the fossils and the activity of mountain pasture. In the lower floor there is a reconstruction of the Conturines cave with some archeological findings. There era also an archeological game and some interactive boxes about alpine habitats. In the upper floor there are some terrariums and some paintings about the Ladin legends.

ViVialp station available

 

Parco naturale Paneveggio Pale di San Martino

Besides others, a modern visitor centre is located in Villa Welsperg, a historic building surrounded by a large garden

www.parcopan.org

SLOVENIA

Triglavski narodni park (Triglav National Park)

  • Information Centre TNP Bled

Information on the Park, its natural assets and cultural heritage. Exhibitions, ecosystem models, dome with an observation tower. ViVialp station available.

  • Information Centre Trenta Lodge

Multivision presentation of the Park, Exhibition on nature, cultural landscape, man and nature, and also on ethnological, cultural and historical traditions of the Trenta valley

www.tnp.si

Bled

Trenta

Park Škocjanske jame

Park’s Information Centre: access to the caves (guided tours), museum, educational trails.

ViVialp station available

www.park-skocjanske-jame.si

SWITZERLAND

Parc Naziunal Svizzer

Opened in 2008, the visitor centre over 800m² is divided in In 4 rooms of exhibition space packed with scientific facts as well as sensory and mystical experiences.

Discovery trail for children.

ViVialp station available

www.nationalpark.ch > Information > National Park Centre

Download the presentation flyer (PDF - German only)

Pro Natura

Centre de Champ-Pittet

Located in the largest lakeside marsh area in Switzerland, on the southern shores of Neuchâtel lake.

With 3 thematic nature trails (one to discover the marsh), various educational exhibits, 2 scenic gardens...

Wheelchair access is guaranteed to most of the Champ-Pittet grounds

www.pronatura.ch/champ-pittet/