The Grossglockner High Alpine Road
The most famous road through the Hohe Tauern National Park
Motorcyclists love curves. Nature fans love the scenery. And this is the most famous road in the Alps – the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Running through the Hohe Tauern National Park, this road leads up Austria's highest mountain, the 3,978-metre-high Grossglockner. Bikers and classic car lovers can look forward to 48 kilometres of pure driving fun with 36 horseshoe curves and a difference in altitude of 2,500 metres. Plus, there are playgrounds for children, bike trails and exhibitions to be discovered.
Why is the alpine road so popular? Let us tell you!
- Exhibitions: art exhibitions, exhibitions about nature or cars, the Grossglockner Museum and much more
- Motorcycling and classic car fun: 48 kilometres of driving fun including 36 horseshoe curves, biker parking, meeting points for bikers and more
- Bike trails: the Kaisertour on the Grossglockner with many additional trails
- Hiking trails: numerous classic and themed hiking trails along the alpine road
- World of Adventure for families: exhibitions, four themed playgrounds and the "Murmi Show" (marmot show)
The history of Austria's most famous road
The road over the Hochtor, the highest mountain in the Ennstal Alps, was used by the Romans and Celts. The concept of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road was first conceived in 1924 and in 1929 the decision was made by the Salzburg government to take on this project. The inauguration took place in 1935. The road was actively built over the course of 26 months, with 870,000 cubic metres of earth and rock moved, 115,570 cubic metres of masonry created, and 67 bridges built. Since then the Grossglockner High Alpine Road has become the most famous road in the Alps.
Worthwhile attractions along the high alpine road
The Ferleiten Wildlife Park at an altitude of 1,140 metres above sea level is a one-of-a-kind excursion destination. The 15 hectare wildlife park is home to more than 200 alpine animals. While hiking through the park, you can see donkeys, grouse, snow hares, wolves and many other kinds of animals. Another highlight along the road is the car and motorcycle exhibition: the history of two- and four-wheeled vehicles is presented over an area of 1,000 m2 – this is also a great trip for families!
With or without a motor: take on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road however you like. We will be happy to share helpful information or provide hiking rucksacks or maps if you need them!