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The High Tauern (German Hohe Tauern) is the highest range of the Alps in Austria. They are part of the Central Eastern Alps and are located in the states of Salzburg, Carinthia and in the Eastern Tyrol.
Its most important parts are (from West to East):
- Venediger Group (about 20 peaks from 3000 to 3666 m)
- Granatspitz Group
- Glockner Group (Großglockner 3798 m)
- Goldberg Group with the High Sonnblick (3106 m)
- Ankogel Group (Ankogel (3246 m) and Hochalmspitze (3360 m))
- the eastern end of the High Tauern is formed by the Hafner Group , which includes the easternmost peaks above 3000 meters in the Alps.
The parts of the High Tauern south of the main crest of the Alps are:
- Lasörling Groups (Lasörling (3098 m))
- Rieserferner Group (Hochgall (3436 m))
- Schober Group (Hochschober 3240 m)
Adjacent mountain ranges are e.g.:
- Reißeck and Kreuzeck Group (south-east)
- Zillertal Alps (to the west, in the Tyrol and South Tyrol.
- Low Tauern - Radstädter Tauern (in the east)
In the center of the region, there is the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, to which the Austrian Alpine Club and the three states have contributed territory. At about 1800 km², it is the largest of Austria's six national parks and is diveded into a core zone (complete prohibition of contruction) and a fringe zone used for forestry and mountain pasture .
Tourism only increased marginally since the creation of the National Park, but has become less harmful to the enviroment. A particular emphasis is put on enviromental protection and the maintanance of traditional ways of life in the Alps.
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