Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Scenic alpine road in the midst of Hohe Tauern NP, Austria
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“The hairpin bends at Glossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria make me giggle while the temperature drop makes me put on another jacket. The majestic mountains are rising in front of me and I’m loving every minute of this fascinating scenic route in Salzburgerland. I’m surprised by Austria’s beauty!”

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road runs through green alp landscapes, colourful flowerbeds, passes rocky walls, high mountains and ends at the bottom of a glacier. Grossglockner is the highest mountain in Austria and with 3798 meter a true challenge for mountain climbers!

From the Edelweiss lookout you have a magnificent view over the mountains and from the start in Fusch to the end in Heiligenblut you will climb a bit higher with every mile you drive and pass 36 hairpin bends until you get to the end of the Alpine Road.

At the Franz-Jozef lookout near the end of the road (2369m) you can see a panorama of mountains, lakes, snowy slopes and gletsjers. Make sure to make some stops along the route to breath in the fresh mountain air and spot some marmots and eagles.

Yearly around 900.000 visitors from around the world are driving the Highway, yet it doesn’t feel touristic at all. The most scenic route in Austria is one you will never forget.

Sandra
Sandra her favourite things are hitchhiking and roadtrips. After living for two years in Australia she is now living in New Zealand, telling stories on Where Will She Go. With a mind that never stands still and a heart that is always overflowing she enjoys moments of serenity while traveling. Meditation retreats, yoga courses or spending nights in the quiet desert are no stranger to her. For the Boho Guide she will share all her favourite spots that makes her heart beat faster and her eyes sparkle.
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