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Brandenberg Valley of Butterflies | Alpbachtal
Wild forest biodiversity

Brandenberg Valley of Butterflies

The Brandenberg Valley in the Alpbachtal region with its densely forested areas is home to a rich biodiversity. Thanks to the near-natural dynamics of the forest and the remoteness from large settlements, the area is home to an above-average amount of butterfly habitats.

Butterfly watching

The Brandenberg Valley is interspersed with a wild romantic labyrinth of steep and deep gorges and valleys. Up until several decades ago the area was sparsely developed. This gave opportunity to the area to retain a unique fauna and flora. As far, as is currently known over 800 different butterfly species can be found! Discover for yourself the Brandenberg butterflies, their beauty, lightness and their natural habitat! 

Hiking tip:


The scenic loop trail starts at the Gasthof Kaiserhaus in Brandenberg and leads through the Oberer Kaiserboden, the Brandalm and the Weißach estuary butterfly habitats. The route back is along secured paths through the impressive Kaiser Gorge or along the forest track. For a shorter route, one can walk back from the "Trauersteg", but misses out on a particularly pretty area where the Weißache (stream) joins the Brandenberg Stream. 

Take the useful "Brandenberg Valley of Butterflies" folder with you! The folder is full of useful information about the butterflies' habitat and the surrounding flora.

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The best time for butterfly watching:

When can the butterflies be observed?


  • Ideal: mid-June - mid-August
  • Quite good: end of May - beginning of September
  • Possible: February - October

Show respect for the environment

Please always bear in mind:


Please be quiet - butterflies and wildlife are shy

To protect wildlife - please keep dogs on the lead at all times!

Please stay on the marked trails - so as not to damage protected flora
•    Take your rubbish with you! Do not litter!
•    In part the trails lead through meadows past grazing cattle - please behave appropriately

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020