Nature reserves, nature park & European protected areas
Protected areas can have different goals: The protection of a site , the protection of endangered habitats and animals, the preservation of unique natural relics or the protection of centuries-old trees. Experience the protected natural jewels in the Attersee- Attergau region. Discover the Venus Trap among the nature reserves, learn about a special relic - the natural and untouched piece of primeval forest shore - and much more.
Protected areas at state & European level
In Upper Austria there are three different national protected area categories: Nature reserves, landscape protection areas and protected landscape parts. Nature parks are a special form of a landscape protection area. In addition to the national level, there are also protected areas at the European level. Several categories of protected areas in Austria are referred to as European protected areas, which pursue the goal of permanently safeguarding Europe's natural habitats. Essentially, these are areas in the Natura 2000 network of protected areas of the European Union for the protection of biotopes and species.
An area of over 6000 hectares of Mondsee and Attersee lakes was designated as a NATURA 2000 protected area by the EU in 2006. Among the reasons why this area was declared a European Protected Area are pearlfish and sea pigeons. The pearlfish is a highly endangered carp fish. It is only rarely found in Europe. In the Attersee and Mondsee the most vital stocks are found in all of Europe. The sea pigeon is still relatively common in Lake Mondsee and Lake Attersee, but it could no longer be detected in Lake Traunsee. Both fish live in deep waters. In the Aquarium Weyregg, the endangered fish such as pearlfish and sea dove, as well as the measures in the European Protected Area Mond- and Attersee can be observed.
Where does the pearlfish get its name?
The pearlfish owes its name to the typical spawning rash of the males. Largely on the head and back, amber-colored, approximately rice-grain-sized elevations form, which, giving the fish its name, look like small pearls.
The special cultural and natural landscape between Lake Attersee and Lake Traunsee was awarded the title of Upper Austria's third and largest nature park in 2012. It connects the two lakes with a very varied mountain and valley landscape.
For inquisitive nature lovers, knowledgeable experts offer a large number of different nature adventure tours to explore the herb and plant world or the life in the forest and water. A treat for body, mind and soul. Discover this fascinating landscape and experience the Attersee-Traunsee Nature Park with all your senses.