Großglockner High Alpine Road
At the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park
The Großglockner High Alpine Road is the most famous road in the Alps. The road leads through the Hohe Tauern National Park to the Großglockner, which, at an altitude of 3,798 metres above sea level, is the highest mountain in Austria. Enjoy the dizzy feeling while you ascend more than 2,000 metres to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. The Großglockner High Alpine Road has a length of 46 kilometres, and the 36 hairpin bends ensure great driving pleasure and fantastic viewpoints. This also makes the road extremely popular among motorcyclists. The road starts in the town centre of Bruck but it’s also possible to start the trip from Zell am See.
Adventure Trip Großglockner High Alpine Road
Along the Großglockner High Alpine Road, which connects the two federal states of Salzburg and Carinthia, there are lots of places for you to stop off for a short break. Information boards, six themed trails and two visitor centres tell you all about the road and the Großglockner itself. Archaeological excavations have revealed that the Celts and the Romans used the road over the Großglockner to get to the other side of the mountain. In 1924 the Austrian government commenced construction of the Großglockner High Alpine Road, and five years later the first car crossed the huge mountain using the new road. An attraction which comes highly recommended is the Ferleiten Wildlife Park directly on the Großglockner High Alpine Road at an altitude of 1,140 metres above sea level. Here you can see a lot of animal species which usually live in the Alps, as well as various interesting themed trails and exhibitions (entry free of charge). Each year, nearly one million visitors drive up to the Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, to enjoy the great view.
Find more information here www.grossglockner.at