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“Beware the smoking brakes”

Grossglockner High Alpine Road
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Private Tour: Grossglockner Glacier Tour from Salzburg
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Owner description: One of Austria's top 3 destinations amidst the Alps The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is like an ornament of ribbons located between green mountain pastures, colourful flower meadows, rocky rubble, ice and show. It nestles up against hills, follows the course of the natural ground and fits the mountains like a glove. Whooshing waterfalls, the shrill whistling of marmots and the howling wind in the summit regions create an unforgettable high alpine soundscape. And then, all of a sudden, he appears: his majesty, the Grossglockner, the black mountain. Join us for a journey beyond compare up high to the perpetual ice of the glacier!
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Beautiful drive through the high Alps - but make sure your car is a manual. We had some smoking brakes by the end of it! (Also make sure none of your passengers get carsick...with 36 switchbacks, that makes for a dicey drive.)

But overall - WOW. This was spectacular and worth the 30EU toll to get on the road. A total feat of engineering. Stop at any of the pull-offs for scenic photo after scenic photo. I didn't think it was essential to go up the narrow cobblestone road to the *highest* peak on the Alpine road (it's pretty much the same view, you know?) but the store up there does sell marmot fat in a jar, apparently a highly prized Alpine home remedy for dry and wrinkled skin. Who knew.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

First of all, this drive is gorgeous. It's a master of engineering through the Alps - but it's expensive so make sure it's a nice day so you can see as much as possible and make sure no one gets car sick. There are 36 switchbacks to make it through. Also, if your car is a stick shift, your brakes will not be smoking by the end of this drive. (If it's an automatic, prepare for a few stops to give the brakes time to cool down.)

I thought the cobblestone road up to the highest peak was a bit overrated (that single lane road is a nightmare to get up) but I loved the scenic overlook pull-offs so the driver got a chance to take in the splendor.

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Very beautiful place if you're travel by car and even if there is not very good wheather. No wonder it is in a list of the most baeutiful roads in Europe. But you shuld be a little bit lucky if you want to see all beauty of this place because of a lot days with bad weather there in autumn. Costs 32 euro for car.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Beautifil scenic drive in the heart of the Alps. We bought our ticket for 29 euro in a hotel where we had stayed and I think that is a good price for what you get.
Views are fantastic, but not only the views...We also did a walk aroun the Glacier including some tunnels and that was special-they tried to show pieces of history of people who lived there; everything so lively and with great backround music. We were really tired after lots of hiking there but tunnels at the end were definetely worth seeing. And I must say again; the views are something not to be missed.
Try to go when the weather is clear and sunny.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is not just a scenic drive over the mountains, this is a whole day out for 33 Euros for a car. Obviously the fantastic views are the main point of the trip but there are several interesting museums, play parks and information points to stop at including some vintage cars and motorcycles when you get to the Visitor centre at the Pasterze Glacier. There is a wildlife park at the Ferleiten entrance but I would strongly suggest visiting this on a different day, certainly at the end of the season when daylight is limited. Also bear in mind the weather can change as you progress upwards. We experienced all weathers from warm sunshine to storm force gales at the top so make sure you have clothing available to suit all these changes. We were there in late September but I'm told the weather can be very unpredictable all year round.This was actually a great time of year to visit as the road is alot quieter the downfall being you miss out on the summer flowers and Marmots etc There is a walk you can do around the Glacier including some tunnels but we had to cut this short due to the wind factor and the narrowing path. All in all if you like the outdoors and fantastic scenery then this pass is one you have to do. I plan to return on my Motorbike one day!!

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