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The Grossglockner High Alpine Road
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More than 50 million people have crossed the Grossglockner High Alpine Road throughout its history. It is a breathtaking nature and driving experience of about 30 miles.

Grossglockner High Alpine Road © Österreich Werbung / Popp Hackner
The famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road was built between 1930 and 1935, connecting the Austrian provinces of SalzburgerLand and Carinthia. It leads across the main alpine ridge.

Covering a distance of 48 kilometers, the high mountain road goes up the mountain from Bruck at Salzachtal, passing the so-called Hochtor to Heiligenblut, and on to the highest mountain of Austria, the Grossglockner (3.798m).

As documented by pre-Celtic finds, this route passing the Hochtor was already used during the Hallstatt period. With 36 hairpin turns and an altitude ascent to 2.504m, drivers and bikers find a special kind of nature and driving adventure. Along the toll road there are informative display lecterns, theme playgrounds and exhibitions. The Großglockner High Alpine Road is open from the beginning of May until the end of October.