Niedere Tauern
The Niedere Tauern or Low Tauern are a mountain range
Mountain range
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 in central Austria
Austria , officially the Republic of Austria , is a landlocked country of roughly 8.4 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the...

, part of the Central Eastern Alps
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. They lie on the main chain of the Alps
Main chain of the Alps
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 in in the states of Salzburger Land
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 and Styria
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Styria is a state or Bundesland, located in the southeast of Austria. In area it is the second largest of the nine Austrian federated states, covering 16,401 km². It borders Slovenia as well as the other Austrian states of Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Burgenland, and Carinthia. ...

. In the west and south the Murtörl mountain pass
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 and the Mur River separate them from the Hohe Tauern
Hohe Tauern
The Hohe Tauern or High Tauern are a mountain range on the main chain of the Central Eastern Alps, comprising the highest peaks east of the Brenner Pass. The crest forms the southern border of the Austrian state of Salzburg with Carinthia and East Tyrol, while a small part in the southwest belongs...

 mountain range, while in the east and north the Enns River
Enns River
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 and the Schober Pass
Schober Pass
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 marks the border to the Northern Limestone Alps
Northern Limestone Alps
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The Niedere Tauern mark the approximate eastern limit of the continuous ice sheet
Ice sheet
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 in the Alps
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 during the Würm glaciation. Eastern parts of the group were therefore unglaciated, and served as an important refugium
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 for silicicolous plants.

According to the Österreichischer Alpenverein
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The Austrian Alpine Club has 377,000 members in 197 branches and is the largest mountaineering club in Austria. It is responsible for the upkeep of over 242 alpine huts in Austria and neighbouring countries...

(Austrian Alpine Club
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) the Niedere Tauern may be divided into four groups (from west to east):
  • Radstädter Tauern
  • Schladminger Tauern
  • Rottenmanner and Wölzer Tauern
  • Seckauer Alpen.

The highest mountain
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 in the Niedere Tauern is the Hochgolling, part of the Schladminger Tauern at 2,863 m (9,393 ft).

A number of skiing resorts
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 are situated in the Niedere Tauern, including Obertauern
Obertauern is a famous tourist destination which is located in the “Radstädter Tauern” in the “Salzburger Land” of Austria. The very famous winter sports resort is separated in two communities: Tweng and Untertauern.-Geography:...

 and Schladming
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