The Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße is one of the most scenic and dramatic routes in the Alps. This panoramic road is located in Austria, in the state of Salzburg and connects the state of Salzburg with the state of Carinthia. It’s one of the scenic Austrian Alpine roads.
This toll road is named after the Großglockner, Austria's highest mountain and leads you into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, to the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner, at an elevation of 3,798m above the sea level, and its glacier, the Pasterze. Along the way you will have a driving and nature experience of a special kind on 48 kilometres of high alpine road with 36 bends, and an altitude ascent to 2.504 metres!
The road over the Hochtor follows ancient trails. People crossed the Hochtor almost two-thousand years before Christ. Today still remains an adrenaline- pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The drive is definitely worth it. The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is normally open from the beginning of May to the end of October. The Grossglockner High Alpine Road was officially opened on 3 August 1935. The road has been used in the Giro d'Italia bicycle race.
Usually the road opens in first days of May until 15 June: 6am - 8pm
16 June until 15 September: 5am - 9.30pm
16 September until end of October: 6am - 7.30pm
Last admission: 45 min. before night closure.
Pic: Dmitry Schutin