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Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Heiligenblut
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Explore the mountains and glaciers on Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria's highest surfaced mountain pass, totaling 48 km (30 mi) and reaching heights of 2,504 m (8,215 ft). Connecting Bruck and Heiligenblut and crossing Hohe Tauern National Park, this alpine road will take you through forests and meadows, over cliffs, and into the world of eternal ice. Take time to see some of the numerous waterfalls, and stop at panorama overlooks to snap a few photos. You'll have a chance to hike a range of different nature trails along the way. Two tourist centers with informative displays are available at the site. Make Grossglockner High Alpine Road a part of your Heiligenblut vacation plans using our Heiligenblut vacation generator.
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  • It's rare to find a decent road at that altitude, but in perfect condition as this is unique. Only the possibility for all the way to enjoy Alpine performances like those. Only drawback is the need to find a sunny or at least not mist/clouds where you could go from start to finish not seeing anything. We got snowed October, but a decent portion of route with good visibility.
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  • This is the must place to see! We visited in sunny but a little cold day for october weather and lucky for us it was open. The top of our visit was there! The views are stunning, it was windy in the l...  more »
  • Definitely worth the trip over this Highway. Spectacular, scenic vistas. This time of year nearly had the place to ourselves. Road will close soon, due to weather... 
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  • Quite simply one of the best mountain roads in the world. Time it right when the mist and rain is not around and you will not only enjoy fantastic roads with twisty fast driving/riding but views that are quite literally breathtaking. The glacier is well worth a stop for photos and a bite to eat and the obligatory bumper sticker...
  • Compared with other Alpine roads in the Alps, it's not so amazing!
  • Driving the Grossglockner was one of the highlights of the trip. It's a high alpine road reaching up to 2,500m. The road is tolled (costing €33 per car) but it's worth it as once you pay most of the stops e.g. The exhibitions and toilets are free. The road is also very well maintained. I was a bit apprehensive about driving it but the road was so smooth and there were many stopping points, you do have to watch out for the great number of bikes doing the route. Bring plenty of layers as it can get cooler up the top. I would also recommend stopping at the Glocknerhaus (one stop from the top) for food as it is much quieter than the top stop.
  • Simply cool
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  • The highest mountain of Austria - must have seen it.
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