• Großglockner High Alpine Road

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

      Grossglockner High Alpine Road, view from mountain peak Edelweiss-Spitze
    Grossglockner High Alpine Road

    Facts & Figures

    • Panorama road
      48 km
    • Hairpin bends
    • Head of the Pass
      2,504 m
    • 3,000m peaks
    • Themed trails
    • Playgrounds

    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.

    Meet the Caution Marmot: Two Brits on Großglockner Mountain

    We sent our friend Katy to explore the Großglockner High Alpine Road, and she brought along her husband Tony. See what the two got up to on their first-ever trip to Austria – and find more information on their itinerary below.

    Katy’s Großglockner High Alpine Road Highlights

    Hiking Austria’s Highest Mountain

    The Großglockner High Alpine Road is a great route for a road trip (think vintage convertible and wind in your hair), but it also takes you to a wide variety of hikes on Austria’s highest mountain. Guided tours with a park ranger are offered from Monday to Friday. How about visiting the ominously named “Valley of Vultures”, for instance?

    Krimml Waterfalls

    Located a 40-minute drive from the High Alpine Road, the Krimml Waterfalls in the Hohe Tauern National Park are a sight to behold: Crashing down over 385 metres in cascades, these are Europe’s highest waterfalls. Be prepared to get wet if you get too close!

    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 (and adults, as Katy and Tony discovered) to play and learn at the same time.

    Krimml Waterfalls

    The Marmots

    No visit to the Großglockner High Alpine Road is complete without spotting one of the resident rodents: the marmots here are legendary. In the area around Franz-Josefs-Höhe, the usually shy Alpine rodents have become so used to tourists that you’ll be almost guaranteed to get a glimpse of them. And at the “Mankeiwirt” restaurant, you might be able to get even closer – the owner hand-raises them and often serves lunch with a marmot sitting on his shoulder.

    Surprises Along the Way

    There are many exhibits and museums along the High Alpine Road that are included in your ticket: From a multimedia show about marmots and other Alpine wildlife to a snowplough at the roadside.


    Because who doesn’t love Schnaps?

    Marmots at Großglockner High Alpine Road
    Grossglockner High Alpine Road

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    Why Visit Großglockner High Alpine Road

    • One of the most beautiful panorama roads in the world
    • Amazing Alpine views
    • Great hiking routes (for every level) that are directly accessible by car
    • Incredibly cute marmots
    • Variety of exhibitions included in your ticket
    • Surrounded by Austria’s largest National Park

    Closest Airports

    • Salzburg: 130 km (2 h)
    • Innsbruck: 180 km (3 h)

    Your Top...


    • Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe
      View onto Großglockner’s peak (3,798 m) and Pasterze glacier
    • Edelweiß-Spitze
      View of 30 (!) peaks over 3,000 metres
    • Fuscher Törl
      Most impressive photo point on the High Alpine Road’s north side


    • Krimml Water Worlds
      Interactive exhibits about the element of water
    • Haus Alpine Naturschau Museum
      2,260 metres above sea level; exhibitions on crystals and marmots
    • Building the High Alpine Road
      Learn more about this incredible feat of engineering and endurance

    More exhibitions

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