Nationalpark Stilfserjoch /Stelvio National Park
The Stelvio National Park is one of the largest nature reserves in Europe. Its territory is centred around the Ortles Cevedale group and extends over South Tyrol, Trentino and Lombardy; it borders the Swiss National Park to the north-west and the Adamello Park to the south. Admission is free and the National Park is open all day.
The Stelvio National Park will allow you to really experience the spectacle of nature: from 600 m to over 3,900 m above sea level. In just over 53 km² of the park, depending on the altitude, a wide variety of alpine animals and plants thrive. From lower altitudes, through meadows and woods, you can climb to reach lonely and peaceful landscapes, caressed by the warm rays of the sun and animated by the whistles of marmots. Above the tree line, hikers will find wide views, peace and quiet.
This high mountain nature reserve is home to a unique flora and fauna: deer and roe deer, ibex, chamois, eagles and vultures, but also a varied vegetation with rare flowers such as edelweiss and glacialela buttercups, thrive in this habitat. The water from the glaciers of the Stelvio National Park around the Ortles Cevedale Group is precious for man and animals. The inhabitants of the National Park region protect their environment and lead a sustainable lifestyle so that it can be preserved in the future. Local products are of high value and are mostly produced according to rural tradition.
The ten municipalities, at the foot and in the heart of the Ortles Cevedale Group, are committed to ensuring that the Stelvio National Park is maintained in all its splendour. The inhabitants of Stelvio, Prato allo Stelvio, Glorenza, Tubre in Val Monastero, Malles, Lasa, Silandro, Martello, Laces and Ultimo do their best to preserve the diversity of this high mountain nature through a sustainable and not mass excursion tourism.
Naturpark Texelgruppe/Natural Park Texel Group
The Texel Group Nature Park covers an area of more than 31,000 hectares between the Schnalstal and Passeiertal valleys.
The Texelgruppe Nature Park, established in 1976, includes the municipalities of Val Senales, Val Passiria, Naturno, Parcines, Lagundo and Tirolo. The protected area includes the Texel Group, which gave its name to the nature park, and parts of the Vinschgau Alps – the Schnalstal Ridge and the Gurgl Ridge – and the Stubai Alps, with the area around the Timmelsjoch.
In addition to the famous Sopranes lakes, one of the main attractions of the Texel Group Nature Park is the Parcines Falls, which during the thaw period is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Alps. Here the water plunges 97 meters deep.
One way to explore the Natural Park is to take the Alta Via di Merano, which for several days leads you to discover this wonderful corner of the world from above.
As far as the flora of the park is concerned, the larch forests and the alpine rose are common. The animals you will frequently encounter are the mountain swallow, the squirrel and the raven.