Ibexes and other mountain climbers...
The king is holding an audience in Kaunertal. Did you know that Kaunertal has the biggest population of ibexes in the whole of Austria? It numbers 1,200 animals - the largest connected group of ibexes in Austria. So it is no surprise that it appears in many of our brochures and stickers of it can be spotted on quite a number of cars.
Hunting is taken very seriously in our region and has gained cultural status. Emperor Maximilian I. of Habsburg already appreciated Kaunertal as an excellent hunting ground. Sonorous names like Kaiserbergtal and Kaisersee in the rear of Kaunertal likely go back to the emperor’s hunts for the Alpine ibex.
When hiking through the Kaunertal mountains, you might be surprised at hearing frequent whistling. What you hear is marmots warning others of their species. Alpine marmots are the biggest rodents in the Alps. They hibernate from October to April and are highly active in the summer months. They are very common in Kaunertal, and you can often spot them playing on the many hiking paths in the rear of Kaunertal.