The wind farm Hochpürschtling is located on two important long-distance hiking trails and it is also the habitat of capercaillie, a protected bird species typical for this region.

That’s why we decided to take part in an international study on the influence of wind farms on the habitat of capercaillie.

Additionally, we initiated an Art project. Artists painted our wind turbines in bright colors to provide better visibility for birds in the mist. But we also encourage hikers to make a small detour through the wind park and enjoy the Art.

More details about the respective projects can be found on the following pages.


THE PROJECT “CAPERCAILLIE AND WIND ENERGY” At the present time, little is known about how capercaillie respond to the presence of wind turbines in their habitat. In July 2014, the project “Auerhuhn und Windenergie” was started under the leadership of the Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg (FVA) in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life … Continue reading CAPERCAILLIE & WIND TURBINES


It is important to us to make the construction and operation of wind turbines compatible with the environment, including humans and animals. That’s why we take part in a study evaluating the impact of wind farms on grouse. A mayor concern, for example, is the possibility that the gray towers of the wind turbines would not … Continue reading ART PROJECTS


In the middle of the Windpark Hochpürschtling, two of Austria’s most important long-distance hiking trails cross: the Mariazeller Pilgerweg (No. 06A) and the Zentralalpenweg (No. 02). As shown in the map below, both routes lead past painted wind turbines and the restored Walser crucifix, which was consecrated in June 2017. Within close proximity the inn … Continue reading HIKING & PILGRIMAGE