Grossglockner High Alpine Road
The Grossglockner High-Alpine Road leads through the heart of Hohe Tauern National Park, towards the highest peak in Austria, the Grossglockner. 48 kilometers in length, the most famous alpine road in the Eastern Alps meanders its way through a unique mountain world .
In addition to breathtaking nature and alpine landscapes, the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road also intrigues with its rich tradition, culture and history. Historical finds show that people were crossing the Alps here some three-and-a-half thousand years before Christ. Today’s "Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe" is named after Emperor Franz Josef, who actually hiked to this point himself in 1856.
Flora and Fauna
Passing flower-strewn alpine meadows, fragrant mountain forests and mighty crags, this scenic road takes visitors to the mighty Grossglockner itself. Once at the "Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe", nature lovers are treated to a fabulous view of the Pasterze, the longest glacier in the Eastern Alps. Marmots frolic close by and, with a little bit of luck, you might even catch sight of a graceful ibex or two.
The Grossglockner High-Alpine Road is a special experience for young and old. While the youngsters get to have some fun on four theme playgrounds along the way, older visitors can pick up fascinating facts about this extraordinary world of mountains, animals and plants at numerous information points:
- “Haus Alpine Naturschau” (elev. 2,260 m) – Get to know the highly sensitive and extremely diverse alpine world of the Hohe Tauern range.
- Fuscher Törl (2,428 m) – memorial site, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Clemens Holzmeister.
- Hochtor (2,503 m) – highest point of the through-road, also the provincial border between Salzburg and Carinthia.
- "Celts, Traveling Merchants and Romans" hiking path
Visitor Center at the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2,369 m) – On four floors, you will gain all kinds of intriguing insights into glaciers and ice. Includes the Glockner Cinema, Glockner Panorama Room, the “Energy Room” and rotating special exhibitions.
Gamsgruben Weg – easy-to-walk scenic path, running from the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, above the Pasterze glacier to the Wasserfallwinkel.