A Road With A View

A trip up the Grossglockner High Alpine Road offers some stunning panoramic views of mountain scenery.

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road opened in 1935 and is a protected historical route. It winds its way through numerous curves from the valley up to the 2369 metre high Franz-Josefs-Höhe.

The approximately 50 kilometres of road connect the Austrian provinces of Salzburg and Carinthia and form one of the most beautiful panoramic roads in Europe.

The Großglockner High Alpine Road
The Großglockner High Alpine Road
© Großglockner Hochalpenstraßen AG | Armin Niederstrasser

From bend to bend the view becomes more magnificent. Mountains rise to over 3000m on every side, until the visitor catches sight of the 3798m Großglockner, Austria’s highest mountain.

The climate also changes during the trip. Visitors travel through all the climate zones of Central and Northern Europe in a few hours, from the mild climate in the valley to the high alpine climate in the mountains.

On the way up or down there is much to admire. Nine freely accessible exhibitions, family-friendly hiking trails, waterfalls and photo points are invitations to frequent breaks.

Marmots can often be seen by the side of the road up to the glacier near the Großglockner.
Marmots on the Großglockner Road
© Großglockner Hochalpenstraßen AG

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is open from early May to early November. Visitors can drive on it with their own car. Tickets for the toll road are available on site and online.

A trip on the Glocknerbus offers even more landscape enjoyment and some interesting information. The service runs from the city of Salzburg and the resort of Zell am See to Franz-Josefs-Höhe.

More information: www.grossglockner.at