Enchanting Raurisertal extends across the area of Pinzgau right in the centre of Hohe Tauern National Park. The picturesque location of Rauris, which is the largest municipality by area in the Salzburg province, is nestled in the heart of this valley.
In comparison to many other valleys in the Salzburg province, Raurisertal is not merely an Alpine pasture area during the summer months, but rather it has served as an important settlement area for centuries.
Since 1984, large areas of the three tributary valleys Hüttwinkltal, Krumltal and Seidlwinkltal, have formed part of Hohe Tauern National Park. Together with the surrounding national park region, the area offers a multitude of wonders and natural treasures, which are often described as a 'separate world' within Hohe Tauern National Park.
Thus everything there is to discover and experience within the 1800 km² of the Alps' largest national park – which stretches across 3 provinces – can be found here in a much smaller geographic area.
In the heart of this enchanting valley at the foot of the mountains lies the picturesque municipality of Rauris. Rauris is famed, amongst other things, for its annual literature festival, which first started in 1971. The festival is always held at the end of March/beginning of April and runs from Wednesday to Sunday.
On the first evening, the award ceremony for the Rauris literature prize is usually held. The second day belongs in part to the prize winner of the Rauris award and also sees the start of the readings and discussions.
But it is not just literature that is deeply rooted in Rauris – the captivating natural surroundings and the sincere openness of its locals offer their own unique charm, which is best experienced first hand!