The Grossglockner Road, Austria

Grossglockner Road trips

Considered the grandfather of all modern Alpine highways, the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse (‘high mountain road’) was opened in 1935 and inspired other Alpine road builders to begin the modern road conquest of the Alps.

The Grossglockner Road is a 47-mile drive that begins south of Salzburg near the skiing town of Zell am See and takes around three hours to complete. Owing to the Alpine conditions, the route is only open during the summer, with the snow being cleared each May.

Why Grossglockner is special

As well as lots of picturesque peaks (including Grossglockner), the route takes in beautiful waterfalls and wooded valleys. The drive will also provide you with some of the most beautiful views of Hohe Tauern National Park.

At 3,798m, Grossglockner is Austria’s highest mountain peak, as well as being one of the higher points in the Alps. On a clear and sunny day, not even the throngs of other tourists can mar the beauty of the trip – and when you come down off Grossglockner on the southern side, it’s well worth checking out the beautiful town of Heiligenblut, as it will be the perfect end to your drive.

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