Grossglockner
Grossglockner
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Austria's highest mountain and centrepiece of the High Tauern National Park You can approach the Grossglockner in many different ways: it is the highest mountain of the Alpine Republic, one of the most striking elevations in the Eastern Alps and the summit of passion for many a mountaineer. The mountain is also home to people, numerous animals and rare plants. The Glockner is cloaked in secrecy, is the stuff of legend and has great attractive power. It is an obstacle on the path from north to south, yet a place where it has been overcome through the millennia. Join us and get to know his majesty, the Grossglockner, in his numerous aspects!
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Leander van Gorsel
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Aug 2020
With our family of 6 (41, 39, 16, 14, 11, and 7 years) we took the route through the tunnels. At the end of tunnel 6, we followed the road to the path down to the glacier. This is a very nice route, with enough excitement in some parts. The way up to the parking place with the stairs is tough, but step by step we made it.
Written August 10, 2020
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DAP P
Eindhoven, The Netherlands126 contributions
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Jul 2020
We took the Alpin Hochstrasse from Lienz to the Grossglockner by Car. Did not reach for the actual top, but the route is amazing; Yes there is a pretty high fee (37 euro per car) but is is really worth it. Beautiful sight seeing and some nice restauants to stop and have a lunch or meal. Recommended
Written July 11, 2020
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Emanpee
Sydney, Australia2,737 contributions
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About 1 hour 30 minutes to park entrance from Salzburg, this is a trip well worth doing. Car entry €29. This is an outstanding scenic drive to view Austria's highest mountain 3798m. The prime vantage point at end of road is 2369m offering wonderful views of GroBglockner, surrounding mountains, glaciers and valley below. The park has excellent visitor facilities, plenty of pull over stops for stunning views. Free map at park entry when you pay is in German, English and Italian for guiding you through highlight spots. From park entrance you have 48 kilometre of high alpine road and an ascent of 2500 metre, and plenty of bends, curves and switchbacks along the way. A fantastic driving experience, the views and walks are a bonus. Cars, motorbikes and cyclists all get on well on very safe roads. Open 5am-9pm in summer with last entry at 5.30pm. Allow yourself all day to maximise enjoyment of this special place. We arrived about 11.20am and left 6 hours later. On our August summer day visit it was probably 8-10C cooler than Salzburg once above 2000m, and at some stops the wind was very chilling. Recommend be prepared with cold weather clothing. Weekday traffic was not a problem but it may be very busy at weekends. If a carparking area is busy, move on to the next stopover and do what you missed on the way back, crowds had disappeared by late afternoon.
Written August 29, 2011
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Monia-Ma
Poznan, Poland60 contributions
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Austria's highest mountain. For a road access (Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse) you have to pay a fee. The fee is quite high, I paid 28 euros per car (that fee includes parking and admission to the museum). But it is worth to pay, to build a road at such an altitude and climatic conditions is a miracle to me. INCREDIBLE views along the way, you can observe how the landscape, climate and temperature change. On the top you find unforgettable view of the glacier. You can visit an interesting museum with a multimedia exhibition, and buy souvenirs at the store. You ought to dress warm! And.. you never forget the sight of the glacier!
Written October 6, 2010
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RufusTFirefly
Baltimore, MD1,010 contributions
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Jun 2011 • Couples
We spent 5 hours driving the Grossglockner Alpine Highway with frequent stops. It seemed there was a "must do" photo opportunity around every curve and hairpin bend in the road. From the barren, snowy mountain peaks to the green, molded valleys, it was a beautiful and awe inspiring experience. And a fun drive!
Written July 1, 2011
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Dream_harder
Stockholm, Sweden621 contributions
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The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse (or, in English, "The Grossglockner High Alpine Road") is sightseeing road which takes you over some of the Austria's highest ranges in the comfort of your car (or a bus, if you're taking a gropu tour), while also providing you with numerous stops to stretch your legs, admire the local natural and historic museums, homemade cheese shops and generally enjoy the sights.

As the road itself will take you to heights of 2.500 meters above sea level, you should bring appropriste clothes, even if you're taking this trip on a sunny summer day: patches of snow on the roadside even August are the most convincing argument to this statement.

You can enter the road either from the North (via Fusch an der Grossglocknerstrasse, in the County of Salzburg) or from the South (via Heiligenblut in the County of Karnten, or Carinthia). For "first-timers", I'd suggest the Northern approach. Let the road guide you over forested valleys onto the windswept barrens of low mountain grass, boulders and patches of snow (although this may sound a bit intimidating, it is definitely not so) to witness the rugged beauty of the landscape around you. There are plenty of stops on scenic sites on the road, so you can come out of your conveyance and take pictures. Visit the natural museum along the way (on the height of approx. 2.250 m a.s.l.) and grab a snack on the terrace of the restaurants of Fuscher Torl while enjoying the scenery. Proceed down the route of the old Roman road and take a right turn on the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut junction (the left turn would take you off the Alpine Road, down to Heiligenblut) and enjoy the view of the Grossglockner as drive slowly towards it. Finally, after perusing some of the local cheese-dealer shops along the way, you will come to a large complex of buildings with glass-paned tower above (the Swarovski tower). That's the largest visitor centre on the road and it includes several large garages and parking lots for all the vehicles (I have been there numerous times and it was always crowded), plus a history museum, a "gem mine", restaurants etc. etc. You can also take a ride (or a walk) down to the fabulous Pasterze glacier, right below Grossglockner. When returning from the visitor centre, take a turn to Heiligenblut and visit the local bakeries for excellent cakes and pastries. Now, you can either finish your "Grossglockner trip" in Heiligenblut, or you can return onto the Alpine Road and drive along it once again, back towards the municipality of Fusch (I'd suggest this option, because once you purchase the day-ticket, it's valid for the day, regardless if got off the road).

Bikers seem to adore this road (for good reason), and you'll find hordes of them along it.

Do not miss this Alpine experience, as it is well worth visiting - take it from someone who's been there a couple of times already and is most certainly going to repeat the experience. :)
Written November 10, 2009
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kpchia
singapore30 contributions
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Jul 2011 • Couples
after spending so much time in the historical cities, visiting palaces, castles and museums, we decided to spend some time in the austrian alps. we picked up a car in salzburg and drive to zell am see where we stayed for the nite before our leisurely drive to grossglockner. there is just about enough time for a day trip from salzburg. the return journey from salzburg to bruck where the journey begins is approx 3 hr. we also saw a bus from zell am see to grossglockner. this is a 2 lane highway with lots of viewpoints en route. i think we paid 29euro for the toll which include facilities on the highway, cable cars are extra. the weather was not good when we set off. slight rain and foggy. the road twists and turns as it goes up the mountain. the gradient is not v steep. luckily, the fog cleared after 12. there are 2 side road, 1 to edeweissplatz, as this road is unsuitable for coaches, we decided to give it a miss. the other goes to grossglockner and pasterze, the longest glazier in the eastern alps. you can also take a train down to get close to the glazier. there is a visitors centre with exhibitions. there is also a special exhibition on automotive history to my husbands delight. the scenery is magnificient. there are various walking trails. as the weather was against us, it was a cold and windy day, we only walked up the swarovski observatory to have a better look of the surrounding. we stayed at grossglockner for 3-4 hour including lunch. the toll road terminates at heligenblut. we continued the journey thru winklern, leinz to mittersill where we stayed for the nite. there is another 10 euro toll to pay for a tunnel along the way.this a scenic route with picturesque villages nearby. if we have more time, we would love to spend more time here.
Written August 4, 2011
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Jeanette
Melbourne, Australia437 contributions
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Aug 2012 • Family
The Glssglockner Alpine Road is absolutely magnificent but only for confident drivers who know how to handle sharp inclines and declines.
At the entrance the road, you need pay a toll fee of 32 Euros or 29 Euros if you have a Salzburgerland car. You are provided with a brochure listing all the trails at the different stations.
The winding road provides endless breathtaking views of the magnificent Alps of Austria. Because of time constraints, we did not go on any of the walking trails but there are so many gorgeous walking trails to choose from if you do have the time.
We loved looking at the huge snow peaked mountains .... , the gorgeous glacial lakes,, waterfalls and sounds of gushing water. We even reached a spot with patches of fresh snow which we all loved... of course we couldn't resist a family snowball fight! A gorgeous day! Worth every Euro!!
Written August 30, 2012
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JenLen11
Doha, Qatar89 contributions
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Aug 2012 • Couples
Grossglockner was at the top of our list of places to visit in Austria. Grossglockner Mt. is one of the highest peaks in Austria and the Grossglockner Alpine Road is one of the best scenic road drive in Europe, it runs through the Hohe Tauern National Park from Fusch to Heiligenblut. This road opens only from beginning of May to beginning of November because during winter the road is covered in snow. Toll entry for a private car is €32 and the road opens from 5AM to 9:30PM (16th June to 15th September).

We rented a car and started in the morning from Salzburg. We took the A10 down south and at
Bischotshofen turned west towards the beautiful Zell am See. At Bruck we again turned south to
Fusch (Toll Gate at Ferleitern). The Grossglockner road starts from Ferleitern, so does the ascend. Its a breathtaking ride, 48Kms of amazing panoramic views of the Mountains, Glaciers and Meadows. The drive lets you climb to an altitude of 2504m. Along the way there are lot of View points and parking spots. Don't miss to go to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hohe, from where you can view the Grossglockner Mt. and one of the longest Glacier of Eastern Alp, Pasterze Glacier. On the way back we stopped at Fusch Gate, for some Souvenirs and Food (near Wildpark Ferleitern). We also included our visit to the spectacular Krimml Triple Waterfalls (also located in the Hohe Tauern National Park, hardly 60Kms from Fusch) on the same day.
Written October 20, 2012
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Borderman74
Padfield, UK127 contributions
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The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse (High Alpine Road) led us to the Grossglockner mountain, which was a great day out. The weather wasn't too good when we set off (on a tour in a coach) and we thought we were going to miss out on the wonderful views we had heard about. This was not the case, well not for the for the entire day anyway. More on that shortly.

Ok....costs to travel the road as it is a toll road. The toll station said 28 Euros for cars and 18 Euros for bikes, 2010 prices. Bearing in mind that the High Alpine Road is about 48km long and has, if memory serves, 36 hairpin bends (some which would have been impressive if the clouds weren't so low at the time), isn't to bad considering what you see along the route. The road itself leads you into the Hohe Tauern National Park and winds its way towards the Grossglockner mountain, the highest mountain in Austria, ascending over 2500 meteres along the route. At the end of the route is the Pasterze Glacier.

Once at the end of the road, the coach pulled up and we walked the rest of the way, which wasn't very far. The Grossglockner mountain and surrounding views were spectacular. The weather was a little chilly even though the sun was breaking through the clouds so do take something warmer to wear as you might be surprised at how harsh the winds can be there. The glacier has receded a lot over the years and looks very small now to what it was 100 years ago, as seen in some of the old display photos. There is a shop, information centre and a couple of places to eat.

There is, however, one eyesore there amongst all the natural beauty and that is the multi-storey car park....yes a multi-storey car park. Can you believe it. It is ugly but don't let it distract you from what you are there to see, a beautiful mountain, surrounding valley and glacier, which you can descend to but allow a good hour each way, maybe more.

The Hochalpenstrasse is an amazing road that winds its way through some of the most beautiful mountains the Alps has to offer and the Grossglockner is a welcomed sight if the weather is on your side.
Written August 5, 2010
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