May 25th - Protected Areas Open Days at the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau, Asutria

The Protected Areas Open Days will be organised as joint collaboration between the Rural Youth and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau offering a wide variety of activities, local gastronomy, exhibitions and live music.

The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau celebrates next May 25th the CEETO Protected Areas Open Days. For this event, which aims to foster networking among the local communities of those Pilot Protected Areas included in CEETO project and empower the feeling of belonging of its inhabitants, a specific programme has been created including activities for visistants of all kinds.

Protected Areas Open Day Poster

Protected Areas Open Day Poster

Place: St. Michael, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau, Austria
Time: 8.30 a.m. – start of thematic hiking tours & 2 p.m. - start of the entertaining activities

Below, you can find a translation of the Brochure especially produced to disseminate the event by the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau administration body:


Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau Protected Areas Open Day informational Brochure

Rural Youth Meets the Biosphere (Foreword)

The rural youth advocates for values, traditions and regional customs and also tries to live them actively. Additionally, in the spirit of a biosphere reserve, the rural youth also deals with the future of the market town, the entire region and the challenges it poses. Together, the Rural Youth and the Biosphere, they support the preservation of their natural and cultural landscape, but also the sustainable development of the region, its economy, infrastructures, social context and tourism, in order to offer perspectives and jobs to the youth. We are particularly pleased of holding this joint event in which regional initiatives and projects are presented and the special features of our region are presented, among other things, in the form of craftsmanship and culinary delights. And, perhaps during the event, the possibility of forging and discussing ideas for the future may arise!
 - Markus Fanninger, Head of the Rural Youth St. Michael and Markus Schaflechner, Biosphere Reserve Manager -

Protected Areas Open Days Programme


  • From 8.30 a.m.: hiking tours and excursion.
  • From 2 p.m.: live music “Die Voigas Böhmische” and exhibitioners along the Mur island.
  • 2.30 p.m.: official opening of the Protected Areas Open Days at the Mur island.
  • 4 p.m.: duck race
  • 6 p.m.: opening of the festival tent and award ceremony of the duck race
  • From 6.30 p.m.: live music “Longa Musi”
  • From 10 p.m.: DJ Powerpausch and DJ Lenzinger in the festival tent.


  • Presentation of Lungaugold -a regional initiative through which the first organic slaughterhouse and butcher’s shop has been opened – grillen specialities.
  • Local peasantry at St. Michael - peasant delicacies.


  • Bird hike: what is chirping there? Discover the local bird world on a hike on the bird hiking trail in St. Michael, with the bird expert Werner Kommik. Meeting point: parking space public swimming pool St. Michael at 8.30 a.m. Duration aprox. 1 hour, binoculars recommended.
  • From the flower meadow in the shopping basket: discover colorful and rare treasures of the meadow and how the landscape is related to the enjoyment of food. afterwards there is a small snack from the Lungauer meadow. With Biosphere Reserve guide Bettina Van der Vaart. Meeting point: parking space Mur Island St. Michael at 9.30 a.m. Duration aprox. 2 hours.
  • Witches herb and forest art: decelerating, mindfulness-promoting and nature-connecting. Introduction into the world of the forest pharmacy with its medicinal herbs as well as into the nature art according to the slogan “creative in the forest”. With artist Veronika Klamme. Meeting point: parking space Mur island at 10.30 a.m. Duration approx. 2-3 hours


  • Organic farm “Sauschneide Projects: Lungauer Arche (Association for the conservation of biodiversity), bee-friendly Lungau, Lungauer Tauern Rye. Regional products from the organic farm.
  • UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau:
    All information around the biosphere Lungau
  • Association Reine Lungau:
    Tasting of Reine Lungau products (a milk-project in the biosphere reserve together with the wwf. Topics: animal health, only feed from the Lungau, etc.) and milking competition
  • Mountain and nature guard & protected areas:
    Find out all about the tasks of the mountain and nature guard and the Lungau protected area
  • Fairtrade communities:
    Information about the Fairtrade communities in Lungau. Coffee, Chocolate 
  • Herbal region Lungau:
    Maria Eisenhut takes you in the world of herbal products
  • Crafts Landschützer:
    Craftmanship from Lunga
  • Regionalverband / Biosphere Lab:
    World ideas from the Lungau. An initiative to develop the economic potential of the Lungau.
  • Biosphere Reserve Berchtesgadener Land:
    Get to know the biosphere reserve Berchtesgadener Land.
  • Exhibition opening “Himalaya – the 15th 8-thousander”, 24th of May 2019, 7 p.m. parish hall St. Michael.

Contact and further information

Registration for the hikes will take place until 23rd of May. More information at the biosphere reserve under or +43 (0) 6472 7740. Hikes will also take place in bad weather. The event and exhibition will take place along the Mur Island in St. Michael. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the festival tent.

About UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau

You can get further information on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau and watch the video teaser below, in which natural and toruistic values and tourism management challenges are portrayed, or review other CEETO Pilot Protected Areas in our website: