The Malta High Alpine Road is one of the most spectacular roads in the Alps. It’s a challenging mountain road with a length of 14 km characterised by rock tunnels and hairpin turns located in the Hohe Tauern range within Carinthia, Austria. The maximum slope is 13% .
This asphalted toll road is 14.4km long, A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. It leads to the Kölnbrein dam wall, which, at a height of 200m, a length of 626m, and a width of up to 41m, is the highest dam wall in the country.
The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. The 14.4km long journey begins at 911m altitude. Riding past the "Malta Water Spectacles" and through six natural-stone tunnels, it will take you to an altitude of around 1,900m. The destination is the crest of the Kölnbrein dam; at 200m tall, it is the highest dam in Austria.
The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! While traveling along the way, you pass through many switchbacks, rock tunnels, but also wonderful waterfalls and breathtaking natural scenery. The road is characterised by a natural stone tunnel carved out of the rock and by sharp bends, turning the journey into a driving pleasure for motorists and motorbike riders. Two traffic lights at the narrowest points guarantee the safety of the guests.
The road is open from May to October, between 7am and 6pm. The road takes you past the highlights in the valley of the rushing water. No less than 14.4 km long, it climbs more than 1,000 m in altitude. At the end of the road is the Kölnbrein reservoir – with Austria’s highest dam and much more to explore!