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A Guide to the Grossglockner, Austria

A mountain pass is a route through a mountain range or over a ridge. If following the lowest possible route, a pass is locally the highest point on that route. Since many of the world’s mountain ranges have presented formidable barriers to travel, passes have been important since before recorded history, and have played a key role in trade, war, and migration. Many Mountain Passes across Europe are closed in winter due to the amount of Snowfall. Skiing in these areas are very popular if you can gain access. Some mountain roads are kept clear using huge machinery which pours the snow to the side of the road allowing traffic to gain entry to the ski resorts, where they will find the perfect conditions for skiing or snowboarding. Due to the climate, the correct Ski-wear must be worn and for safety reasons as well. Many resorts offer lessons if you wish to learn to ski or learn to snowboard.


The Grossglockner is not only the highest mountain in Austria but at 3,798m is the highest mountain in the Alps east of the Brenner Pass. The Pasterze, the longest glacier in Austria, lies on the eastern slopes of the Grossglockner. The pyramid-shaped Grossglockner lies behind the slightly smaller Kleinglockner (3,770 m), separated by a saddle-like formation known as the Glocknerscharte. The Grossglockner high alpine road takes you striaght into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park and its glacier. With over 36 bends and 48km the high alpine road offers a very special driving experience.

Location Carinthia & East Tyrol, Austria

Height – 3,798 m (12,461 ft)

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Opening times –  Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Beginning of May until 15 June: 6 am – 8 pm
16 June until 15 September: 5 am – 9.3 pm
16 September until beginning of November: 6 am – 7.30 pm
Last admission: 45 min. before night closure

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