Großglockner – round trip to the highest mountain in Austria

The Grossglockner is an ideal destination for a day trip. Follow the well-known high alpine road towards Großglockner, from where you have an impressive view of the summit of the Hohe Tauern. The flora and fauna make the tour an unforgettable experience for young and old.

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Großglockner Tour

From Salzburg, there is a guided tour to the Großglockner, about 100 kilometers away. The Großglockner with its 3,798 meters is Austria’s highest mountain. The tour lasts around eight hours in total and is offered from May to October, as the high alpine road is closed in the cold months.

Via Saalfelden and Zell am See to the Großglockner High Alpine Road

The starting point of the tour is the city of Salzburg. From here it goes towards the High Alpine Road. This Alpine crossing connects the Salzburg Pinzgau with Carinthia. From the panoramic road you can enjoy a wonderful view of the peaks of the Hohe Tauern and the Großglockner. Overall, this road is 48 kilometers long, has 36 hairpin bends and reaches a height of up to 2,504 meters.

The tour chose Franz-Josefs-Höhe as the destination. This point captivates with its panoramic view of the Großglockner and its glacier, the Pasterze. Eternal ice, alpine meadows and rugged rocks make you forget the world around you. If you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of the alpine inhabitants like ibex, marmots and eagles.

Those who would like to learn more about the national park will love the visitor center on Franz-Josefs-Höhe. Here you can find out everything about the animals and plants of the region in the context of exhibitions and information points. The alpine air and the many impressions make you hungry and this is best served in the mountain hut. On the return trip through the Salzach Valley you can see the Hohenwerfen Castle.

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