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The Krumltal is an extremely natural and wild valley in the Hohe Tauern National Park and is widely known as the 'Valley of vultures'.
The first four young Bearded Vulture were released in the Krumltal in 1986 as part of the project 'Reintroduction of the Bearded Vulture in the Alps'. In 2010, Austria's first young vulture to hatch in the wild successfully flew out. Meanwhile there is regularly breeding and Bearded Vulture can be observed very well in the area.
In addition to Bearded Vulture, Griffon Vulture can be regularly observed in this impressive valley in summer. These vultures come to the Hohe Tauern primarily from Croatia, Italy (Friuli), but also from Bulgaria, France or Spain as pure summer guests during the alpine season. Here they can take advantage of the favourable natural food supply. In the valley entrance at the „Rotwand“ as well as at the „Tiefe Scharte“ there are well-known vulture roosting places. Since the last years Eurasian Black Vulture fly in with the Griffon Vulture again and spend the summer here.
Of course Golden Eagle can also be found regularly in the Krumltal. In the entrance to the valley there are clumps, which they use alternately annually for breeding.
Along the valley path, several information panels provide information about the particularities of the respective species. Every Wednesday in summer, the 'Kings of the Skies' excursion, led by a National Park Ranger, is offered. In addition, every Friday in the valley, a National Park Ranger is available to visitors at special viewing and observation points for information. In addition, a holiday trainee is on site over the summer, who on the one hand carries out the monitoring of the large birds of prey and on the other hand gives visitors information about the project and the 'Kings of the skies'.
You can reach the area by starting at the Parking lot Krumltal, Rauris. To go there click on the P on the map.