Heiligenblut and Großglockner

Heiligenblut and Großglockner

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Grossglockner Road Trip

Named after Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is a route that offers truly stunning panoramas of the Austrian state of Salzburg, which has made it the second largest tourist attraction in the entire country. A toll road full of hairpin curves and views of the Großglockner Mountain and Pasterze Glacier this route offers a gorgeous look at some beautiful parts of Austria. Instead of hiking up the mountain this road trip route will allow you to drive up Grossglockner Mountain, and you will have your choice of where to stop including the villages of Bruck, Heiligenblut (located at the foot of the mountain in Carinthia), Obervellach and Lend. Just keep in mind when planning your Austrian road trip that this road is usually closed for the winter, starting in November.

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Things to Do on This Grossglockner High Alpine Road Trip

Explore National Park Hohe Tauern, which the road runs through, is the Alp's largest nature reserve.

Visit the Pasterze Glacier, the longest in Austria, via the Grossglockner Pass.

For a great view of the Ferleiten Valley and its glaciers head to Hochmais point.

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Learn more about the area at the Alpine Nature Show Museum.

Drive to Edelweissspitze. At an altitude of 2.57 metres it is the highest point on the route and affords you views of thirty 3,000 metre peaks below.

Begin a hike over the alpine crest at Hochtor, located at the Salzburg-Carinthia border.

More hiking is to be had in the Schoneck meadows, also home to the Sonnblick Observatory.

Written by Connie Limoncelli

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