Nationalpark Hohe Tauern

House of Water
Learning – researching – networking

In the House of Water in the Defereggental (Defereggen valley), East Tyrol, everything revolves around the importance of water to humans and the environment.


  • Water tells many stories. Water is exciting. It is the basis of our life. In the national park municipality of St. Jakob, children, young people and adults can improve their knowledge of water through play. The knowledge centre for water at 1,440 m above sea level offers school groups three-to-five-day project courses tailored to the respective age groups.

    Seminars at the National Park Academy, programmes for teachers, as well as summer camps held in collaboration with the Austrian Alpine Club expand the range of activities. In summer, the House of Water also organises half-day events for children and adults. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of water!


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    House of Water, St. Jakob in Defereggen


    Target group:
    School groups, groups of ten or more people, children, families

    On request

    Hohe Tauern National Park Tyrol
    Brigitte Eckle, biologist and environmental teacher
    +43 (0) 664 2516140
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  • The House of Water is located at 1440 metres above sea level between St. Jakob and Mariahilf in the district of Ranach in the national park municipality of St. Jakob im Defereggental in East Tyrol.

    From the North by car/coach, you will come via Mittersill, Felbertauernstraße, Matrei in Osttirol and from Huben to the Defereggental (Defereggen valley) From the South via Lienz and Huben to the Defereggental.
    After passing through the centre of St. Jakob, continue for 2.2 km and then turn right to go uphill. After 150 m, the seminar house between the boarding houses Lärchenhof, Zirbenhof and Ledererhof.

    From South Tyrol out of the Pustertal (Puster valley) to Antholz valley (Antholzertal) and across Stallersattel to Defereggen valley.

    The House of Water is located above the Defereggental-Landesstrasse road L25 at kilometre 23.2.