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    Großglockner High Alpine Road: Make It Yours

    Family hiking, visiting a glacier and breath-taking Alpine landscapes: A drive up Austria’s highest mountain is multiple adventures rolled into one.

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Facts & Figures

Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Christian Wöckinger Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Christian Wöckinger

Panorama road 48 km

Hairpin bends 36

Head of the Pass 2,504 m

3,000m peaks 30

Themed trails 7

Playgrounds 4

Austria’s Highest View

Named for Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner High Alpine Road has a new surprise in store behind each of its 36 hairpin bends. What starts out as a leisurely road trip from viewpoint to viewpoint might soon turn into a full-blown adventure, filled with superlatives.

You can choose to hike through astoundingly beautiful Alpine landscapes; you can visit a vast glacier’s snowfields in the middle of summer; you can feel the spray of Europe’s highest waterfall on your face while exploring Austria's largest national park. Whatever you choose: You’ll have an experience that will stay with you.

 

 

A British Family on the Großglockner High Alpine Road: In Search of the Perfect Selfie

This summer, we decided to send a British family to the High Alpine Road with a challenge: Take the perfect selfie on Austria’s highest mountain! Ben, Michal and their three adorable children did us proud – see for yourself:

Now Make It Yours!

Feel like road tripping to Großglockner now, too? Take a look at our British family’s itinerary below, then make it yours by picking, choosing, and substituting as you like!

The Family’s Itinerary

Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe on the Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe on the Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG

Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (00:02 & 00:23) & Edelweissspitze Peak (00:09)

Ben, Michal and their little ones made their way to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, an absolute must-see when visiting Großglockner mountain: Named for Austrian emperor Franz Josef, this location features one of the most impressive views of the surrounding mountainscape. The family also made a stop at Edelweissspitze, at 2,571 metres the highest point in Austria accessible by car. Here, they had delicious hot chocolate and Palatschinken (Austrian pancakes) while marvelling at the 30 peaks surpassing the 3,000-metre mark around them.

Or Alternatively…

The Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe doesn’t just boast fantastic views, its visitor centre has an impressive range of interactive exhibits about the region. Touch ice from the glacier, watch breath-taking films, and discover an interactive panorama.

Grossglockner (3,797m)
Pasterzen glacier © Österreich Werbung /  Popp-Hackner Grossglockner (3,797m) Pasterzen glacier © Österreich Werbung / Popp-Hackner

Pasterze Glacier (00:37)

Snow in the middle of summer? Ben and Michal’s kids were immediately excited to visit Pasterze Glacier, the longest glacier in the Eastern Alps, and its snow fields. It can be reached via the Glacier Path from Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe – or take the glacier railway for a shortcut.

Or Alternatively…

Hike the Gamsgrube trail high across the glacier, featuring multimedia installations about the glacier in the tunnels along the way. A free guided walk is available every day at 11am (July – September).

National Park Hohe Tauern - Krimmler Cascades © Österreich Werbung / Reinhold Leitner National Park Hohe Tauern - Krimmler Cascades © Österreich Werbung / Reinhold Leitner

Krimml Waterfalls (00:55)

The Krimml Waterfalls in Hohe Tauern National Park were a sight to behold for our British family: Crashing down over 385 metres in cascades, these are Europe’s highest waterfalls.

Or Alternatively…

When visiting the waterfalls, be sure to stop into the WasserWelten (“Worlds of Water”) Krimml as well: An interactive exhibition about water in all its forms, it’s the perfect place for children to play and learn at the same time.

Or visit one of the four themed playgrounds that comprise the Children’s Adventure World which includes learning opportunities and even a snowball fight.

Marmots at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Albin Niederstrasser Marmots at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Albin Niederstrasser

3 Reasons to Visit Großglockner High Alpine Road

1. See the Marmots!
Perhaps the cutest reason to come to Großglockner mountain are the resident marmots. In the area around Franz-Josefs-Höhe, these usually shy Alpine rodents have become so used to tourists that you’ll be almost guaranteed to get a glimpse of them.

2. Hiking for Every Level
In the region, you’ll find hiking options for all levels and ages – from a leisurely stroll to long-distance and high Alpine hikes.

3. Free Exhibitions
No less than 15 free exhibitions along the way are included in your ticket to the Großglockner High Alpine Road, covering topics like the road’s history, the surrounding “Hohe Tauern” National Park, and Alpine art.

Wasserspaß Hohe Tauern © Patrice Kunte Wasserspaß Hohe Tauern © Patrice Kunte

Tip: Austria’s Largest National Park

Make Your Holiday Even Better

Looking to extend your stay? Großglockner High Alpine Road is located in the midst of Hohe Tauern National Park, a region with ample options for a family holiday – from a lazy day at a lake to a leisure park featuring an Alpine coaster, a multitude of slides, and a petting zoo.

The Hohe Tauern guest card conveniently includes a day ticket to Großglockner High Alpine Road – so go ahead: Make it a two-for-one with Austria’s highest mountain and Austria’s largest national park this summer!

 

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  • Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • WasserWelten Krimml © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG WasserWelten Krimml © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • Wasserspass Krimml © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG Wasserspass Krimml © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • Discovering Water at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG Discovering Water at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • Discovering Water at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG Discovering Water at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Eduardo Gellner Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Eduardo Gellner
  • Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe on the Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe on the Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • Marmots at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Albin Niederstrasser Marmots at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Albin Niederstrasser
  • WasserWelten Krimml at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG WasserWelten Krimml at Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • Aquaszenarium Krimml © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG Aquaszenarium Krimml © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Eduardo Gellner Großglockner High Alpine Road © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Eduardo Gellner
  • Auffahrt Fuscher Törl © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG Auffahrt Fuscher Törl © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG
  • Glacier Road at Großglockner Mountain © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Andreas Kolarik Glacier Road at Großglockner Mountain © Großglockner Hochalpentrassen AG / Andreas Kolarik

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Austria's Alpine city: Imperial elegance meets natural beauty

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