Experience the Glockner High Alpine Road by car on a road trip
The Glockner High Alpine Road is Austria most beautiful panoramic road. When the sun shines outside, the deep blue sky awakens our longing for beautiful landscapes. Whenever possible, we get in the car and drive out in search of beautiful regions that are worth exploring. It was the same with ours Road trip on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.
As we want to set off on a road trip south a day later, but no good weather is forecast for the day of travel, we call our hotel Heiligenblut at. We had planned a stopover there on our way south. We're lucky and there's still a room available for another night. We are extending our stay, so we can experience the Hohe Tauern National Park by car on a perfect day on a drive over the Glockner High Alpine Road. Here we present the Grossglockner High Alpine Road route.
Interessiert Dich die Umgebung im Hohe Tauern National Park, dann haben Tina und Manfred tolle Tipps für Dich.
Arrival to the Glockner High Alpine Road
We leave Munich early in the morning in bright sunshine. The journey takes a good three hours. Our navigation device wants to lure us over back roads through the mountains. But we stubbornly resist all the advice and stay on the motorway until we finally reach the junction at Bischofshofen in the direction of St. Johann im Pongau. We want to get to Fusch quickly, the northern starting point on the Glockner High Alpine Road.
So we have a lot of time for the 48-kilometer panorama route through the Hohe Tauern. This panorama road leads through the mountains of the Fuscher and Möll valley from the Salzburger Land on 37 hairpin bends Carinthia. It takes time to experience the Hohe Tauern National Park by car. Breathtaking views of snow-capped alpine peaks and the Fuscher valley await us. We also see the Fuscher Törl, the ski areas beyond, the Fuscher Lacke and the Grossglockner and the Pasterze.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road route
The last time we were here a good ten years ago. Although we already know the route, it captivates us so much that we need almost seven hours for the relatively short distance. There is a lot to discover along the way. And yet we have not seen all the attractions this time.
Only available at the toll station of the Glockner High Alpine Road:
- Grossglockner High Alpine Road Motorcycle Tour Ticket or round trip ticket
- Day ticket with possibility to extend by one day
- 30-day card
- season pass
- Presale tickets are available at the ADAC, ÖAMTC and ARBÖ
- Current prices and more information can be found here
Thanks to our stay of several days at the Hotel Kärntnerhof in Heiligenblut, we can pass the paying station free of charge. More information is available in our article about the Hotel Kärntnerhof.
The views along the steep serpentine route are always more spectacular. We stop almost at every bend and take photos of the views. On the way, we also admire one or the other cyclist who torments their way up the mountain on their own. This time we are out during the week. Therefore, the number of cyclists can be counted on one hand. However, we can well remember our last weekend visit. Back then, a true caravan of cyclists was on the way up the mountain. The crossing of the Glockner High Alpine Road is obviously one of the most famous routes for sport cyclists.
Glacier along the Glockner High Alpine Road
Because we drive through the Hohe Tauern National Park on one of the late summer days of the year, the glaciers we see from the road are clearly visible. Crevasses we can see well from afar. And the waterfalls that flow down into the valley at this time of year are sometimes quite thin - unlike at the time of the snowmelt in spring. The winter snow cover, which prevents the view of cracks and cracks in the ice in spring, is missing.
We also see how rugged the glacier masses actually are. Along the Fuscher valley on the way up to the Piffkar, the glaciers are high up on the mountains in Kuhlen. The glaciers have dug these into the rock over thousands of years. The only valley glacier that we see on our road trip through the Hohe Tauern National Park is the Pasterze, which flows from the Grossglockner down into the valley.
On the Grossglockner High Alpine Road route, exits invite you to stop
On the way there are always exits on which information boards explain the glacier and mountain world in more detail. There is interesting information about the geology, the flora, the fauna and the glaciers. In shelters that were built during the construction of the Glockner High Alpine Road in the 1930s, there are exhibitions that convey everything you need to know about this high mountain region.
During our last visit to the Hohe Tauern we learned in one of these shelters that the road was built on the routes of ancient footpaths. These already had the Romans, the Celts and the Maulers (Carrier) used. They used it to transport their goods from Italy over the mountains to the markets north of the Alps. This time, however, there is a traveling exhibition about the population of golden eagles in the high mountains. Due to the beautiful weather, however, we do not visit the refuges and prefer to enjoy the views.
What you need for a tour on the Glockner High Alpine Road
- There are always hiking trails starting at the exits along the panoramic road - short or longer. You absolutely need that good shoes.
- If you are planning longer hikes, we recommend one backpackin which you are yours Brotzeit and drinks for picknick pack on the go. Practical Hiking accessories You can also find it here.
- In the mountains, the weather often changes quickly. Therefore, one belongs waterproof windbreaker definitely in your gear for the day.
- If you want to get to know the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, you need a good one Hiking and travel guide *.
If you drive the Glockner High Alpine Road on a sunny summer's day, think of sun protection. The sun shines intensely at these heights. During a hike or a picnic in the sun, you get a sunburn quickly without protection:
- A Hat protects against the sun
- Sunglasses with UV protection * Helps when the sun shines too intensely from the sky.
- Sunscreen with high sun protection factor * You should also have it with you. Especially in the mountains cooling winds often fool you and you do not notice the sunburn until the evening.
At the Fuscher Törl on the Glockner High Alpine Road
The greatest view of the northern side of the mountain range we have from Fuscher Törl (see first photo above). Below us, the road winds along serpentine roads along the mountainside. We hear all kinds of languages. From all of them, however, one can hear the admiration that this route requires of their visitors. We spend some time at the Fuscher Törl and at the memorial for the workers who died in the construction of the road. There we enjoy the view. Because of the bustle of the bus tourists in the tavern at the Fuscher Törl we decide, however, to postpone our snack on the afternoon.
Break at the Mankeiwirt on the Glockner High Alpine Road
We finally enjoy this with a wonderful view at the Mankeiwirt on the Fuscher Lacke, a small mountain lake. Chilling out on the terrace of a mountain hut is something special! However, one should not forget the sunscreen.
After a Brettljause with sausage and bacon specialties, a lot of grated horseradish, tomatoes and cucumbers, let's take a look at the exhibition about the construction of the road in the road construction lodge on the lakeshore. The Glockner Hochalpenstraße was one of the jobs after the Great Depression in the beginning of the 20. Century. Many of the workers came from the surrounding villages, from Slovenia and northern Italy. They earned well. The work was dangerous and exhausting. From the writings and testimonies of contemporary witnesses, it is clear that the workers were very proud to be involved in this construction project.
After all, success should prove them right. If the builders had hoped to attract at least 40.000 drivers to the Hohe Tauern region in the first year, they were surprised by the number of visitors, which was four times as high in the first year after the opening. The flow of visitors has not decreased until today and instead has continued to grow.
Worth knowing for your tour on Grossglocknerstrasse
- The weather and conditions on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road currently you can on the Webcam . see
- The weather on the Großglockner High Alpine Road can change quickly.
- Grossglockner High Alpine Road Map and adventure guide
- Here you can find information about opening the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and prices
Visit the Grossglockner by car
It is just four in the afternoon when we reach the roundabout where a road branches off to Grossglockner and another to Heiligenblut. “Time enough for us to make a detour to the Glockner,” I say to Petar. Therefore we drive up the road, even if clouds slowly gather around the mountain peaks. We stop at one of the bends and admire a waterfall that falls into the valley in two steps. Below is a hiking trail on which a group of hikers is chased away by a black bull, who apparently feels quite comfortable in the mountain air. Well fed, he stands on a hill for a few minutes.
Emperor Franz Josefs height
From Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe we have a first look at the Grossglockner. We are lucky. Its summit is still almost cloud-free, although the first clouds of the announced bad weather front are building above it. We drive to the end of Glockner Straße and have the best view of the mountain and the glacier. Even if the sky is no longer as blue as in the previous hours, the sun keeps fighting through. After all, this ensures a varied play of colors on Austria's highest mountain peak. At 3798 meters, the Glockner towers over all the surrounding mountain peaks. Numerous watercourses flow down the mountain from its slopes and from the Pasterzen Glacier and collect in the glacial lake below the mountain range. The Alpe Adria hiking trail, which leads from the Hohe Tauern to the Adriatic, also begins here.
Stay overnight at the Grossglockner High Alpine Road
- With View of the Grossglockner can you in Panoramarestaurant Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe * stay.
- Here you can find accommodations for one Overnight stay in Heiligenblut * am South end of the scenic road
- A Hotel * am North end of the route you find in Fusch.
- for Camping on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road There are no facilities along the scenic road. The nearest campsites are in Heiligenblut or Fusch:
- National Park Camping Großglockner
Tel.: + 43 0 4824-2048
- Camping Lampenhäusl
A-5672 Fusch am Grossglockner
Tel .: + 43 (0) 6546 215 0
- National Park Camping Großglockner
Deeply impressed by the nature we experience on our road trip through the Hohe Tauern National Park, we finally turn around and at the roundabout, we turn to the junction for Heiligenblut. This brings us in steep turns down to the mountain village, where we spend the next few days. An unforgettable day in the Hohe Tauern comes to an end.
Watch Petar's video capturing the grand tour through the Hohe Tauern National Park by car:
Arriving by plane and / or car
The nearest airport is Salzburg. From there you can travel by rental car or your own car. Arrival time from Salzburg to Fusch at the Glockner Hochalpenstrasse is 1,5 hours. From Munich one travels 2,5 hours, from Vienna a good four hours as well as from Graz 3 hours 45 minutes.
Accommodation in Heiligenblut on the Glockner High Alpine Road
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Source: own research on site. We would also like to thank Genuss Reisen Österreich and the Hotel Kärntnerhof for their invitation to this trip. Our opinion, however, remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline