AdventureAustria is an independent English owned travel and events agency based in the Tyrolean town of Lienz in south Austria.
We’ve put together the following travel guides to help visitors get the most out of their holiday in Austria. Whether you are planning only to stay in Lienz or planning to venture on to other parts of Austria, you’ll be sure to find some useful information here.
While there are many marvelous places to satisfy your winter sports cravings, there are also some mountains that people almost revere and think of as true Mecca for all season trips. Such a legendary famous destination is the giant of Austria, the mountain that offers countless reasons for fascination, the Grossglockner. Whether wishing to test the exciting ski slopes of Heiligenblut or Kals Grossglockner Resort, embrace the authentic spirit of Austrian hospitality or simply wishing to explore a magnificent natural destination, there are plenty of reasons for visiting Grossglockner.
At 3,798 meters altitude, the Grossglockner is the highest mountain of Austria and one of the tallest in the Alps. It is located in the southwestern part of the country, between Carinthia and Tyrol states. While locals have become accustomed to living in the shadow of this stone giant, first-time travellers are simply awed by the grand scale of this natural wilderness. Considered one of the isolated high peaks of the Alps, maybe just after Mont Blanc, the solitary panorama of this range simply inspire those who arrive in its vicinity. The whole area features exceptional landscapes and highlights, visiting Grossglockner being a veritable spiritual experience. Part of the Hohe Tauern National Park, tourists can find plenty of places to see and things to do, while there are also excellent accommodation options, many of them in the regional capital of Lienz, a charming little city with amazing atmosphere.
Getting to the Grossglockner and its surrounding area is not as difficult as it might seem given its altitude, especially after the construction of the already famous Grossglockner Road that reaches the glacial valley at the foot of the mountain. The most important town in the vicinity is Lienz, a perfect place to base yourself and relax between excursions into the wild landscapes around. Those venturing up to the peak itself would be best staying in the small towns of Heiligenblut or Kals. To reach Lienz, there are plenty of options from the main Austrian cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Linz and others, where one can arrive by plane. The roads and public transportation are extremely modern and developed in Austria, so getting to the Grossglockner should be easy enough.
The main season to view the Grossglockner and drive on the Grossglockner Road is from the beginning of May to the beginning of November. The Grossglockner weather should be a factor to take into consideration, as the high altitude can also mean changeable conditions, heavy snow and extreme cold at times. Usually, there is no best time to visit the area, as every season brings a new light upon the scenic peaks of Grossglockner, the adjacent Pasterze Glacier and the idyllic valleys beneath. However, the alpine road is open only at certain times during the daytime and extreme weather can close it for several days, weeks or even months. It’s always advisable to check before you leave if you are planning a drive over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. See http://www.grossglockner.at/en/service/ for up to date weather and road conditions. To drive the Grossglockner road you must also pay a toll costing €36.00 for a car (2018).
The first and most important attraction of Grossglockner comes from its majesty and sheer wild beauty, travellers being captured by the exceptional panoramas of this white giant. Most people visit by following the famous Grossglockner Road, passing through some of the most stunning landscapes of the Hohe Tauern National Park. Along its 48 kilometers, the roads winds up the mountain slopes and passes through some dazzling heights, uncovering unique scenery and fascinating highlights. Along the route, there are many observation spots from where nature lovers can admire the vastness of the landscapes, including some towards the panorama of Grossglockner Pass and the Pasterze Glacier. The glacier itself is another attraction, the most extended in Austria and an impressive natural sight. There are also many trails and routes going at various distance up or around this legendary mountain, so it is worth having an extended trip in this marvelous area of Grossglockner Austria.
Around the mountain, there are many winter destinations that can also serve as charming summer retreats. While the cold season creates an almost fairytale atmosphere and a veritable heaven for ski enthusiasts, the summer creates a great destination for hiking and trekking.
Grossglockner Austria truly represents a fascinating destination, but there are also many other things to do in the region, starting with the cosy and elegant town of Lienz, also warmly called Pearl of the Dolomites, offering plenty of attractions and activities, like the Bruck Castle or the so-called Osttirodler Alpine Coaster. Even closer to the mountain itself, the small municipality of Heiligenblut offers a great family ski destination. Of course, there are many other mountain resorts and authentic villages to be discovered around the Grossglockner. Apart from skiing and other winter sports, the area also offers many exciting summer opportunities for hiking, cycling, climbing, as well as cultural discoveries.
One thing that most travellers ask is where to stay Grossglockner area and there are truly too many locations to cite them all. Practically each village and town around the mountain offers accommodation, although the obvious choice would be Lienz, where most travellers find everything they need, complimented by several quality hotels and numerous guesthouses, as well as restaurants, tourist attractions and entertainment venues.
If you are interested in a daytrip to view the Grossglockner or a drive on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road please get in touch where we can advise you accordingly. If you want to experience this natural wonder first hand with a hike or climb we can also help by putting you in touch with a professional and experienced mountain guide. See also Grossglockner bus excursions and suggested driving routes.