One of the largest nature reserves in Europe
The Stilfserjoch National Park, with almost 130,800 ha, is one of the largest nature reserves in Europe and extends over South Tyrol, Trentino and Lombardy.
The National Park encompasses large parts of the Ortles Alps, the Livigno Alps and the Sobretta-Gavia Group and borders the Swiss National Park in the Engadine to the southwest. To the north, the National Park is bordered by the Vinschgau and Val Müstair valleys, to the east by the Ulten Valley and to the west by the Valtellina.
It stretches from 700 to 3900 m above sea level and thus runs through all alpine climate zones. The flora and fauna here are correspondingly unique. In addition to deer, roe deer, ibex and chamois, eagles and vultures also live here. To protect nature and its animal inhabitants, the area was declared a national park in 1935. The area was expanded to its current size in the 1970s.
In my photos, taken during a tour through the Stiftserjoch National Park, you can see the Zufrittsee with Cevedale and the impressive view of the König and the Ortler.
There are now five visitor centres in the Stiftserjoch National Park, which provide visitors with information on a wide range of topics:
|Aquaprad||Prad a. Stilfserjoch||The element “water” with the permanent exhibition “Among fishes – a journey into strange worlds”.|
|Avimundus||Schlanders||The world of birds|
|Culturamartell||Martell||The world of mountain farmers in the National Park once and today|
|Lahnersäge||St. Gertraud / Ultental||The forest as an irreplaceable resource of nature and special exhibition “Animal children – Born to be wild”.|
|Naturatrafoi||Trafoi||Life in the high alpine region|
You should definitely take the time to visit the Stiftserjoch National Park. There really is an incredible amount to see, discover and experience here. We will show you more great places there.