Grossglockner High Alpine Road Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Grossglockner High Alpine Road

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is located in the state of Salzburg and is a panoramic road of Austria. This beautiful road was built in 1930 - 1935 and connects the states of Salzburg and Carinthia. Leading across the main alpine ridge, the high mountain road covers a distance of 48 km and goes up the mountain from Bruck at Salzachtal, passing the so-called Hochtor to Heiligenblut to the highest mountain of Austria - the Großglockner (3.798 m). According to old documents, this route was already used during the Hallstatt period. With an altitude ascent to 2.504 meters and 36 hairpin turns the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is open from May to October and offers to bikers and drivers some beautiful views and a special kind of driving adventure. There are many places to stop and enjoy the amazing natural environment of the Austrian Alps.
The most beautiful part of the road is at Franz Joseph's Hohe, a place with views of the Pasterzen Glacier below. A funicular railway goes down to where the glacier was in 1968 when it was built. As the ice has receded since then, it's a steep walk down into the valley. It's a strange world there with the snowy peaks above and hundreds of metres of ice below.
The whole Grossglockner route is amazing, especially in the summer when there's still snow on the mountains. It is however an extremely hard drive with miles and miles of hairpins on both sides although these are really well built. It is also a quite expensive toll road, more than €25 for a day pass. But the views are fantastic and it is well worth the long and hard drive.
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