Grossglockner High Alpine Road

One of Europe’s greatest high alpine roads

Grossglockner High Alpine Road

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is one of the most sensational panoramic roads in Europe. The Grossglockner is Austria’s highest mountain and is located at the heart of the High Tauern National Park. The Grossglockner is 3798 meters high and has a glacier with 180 km² ice. The mountain road of 48km long and with 36 turns, connects Salzburgerland with Carinthia. The highest point along the route is the Edelweissspitze at 2571 meters above sea level. The road will be cleared from snow in spring for cars, buses, motorbikes, and bicycle traffic. About 900,000 visitors each year experience the impressive surroundings of the Grossglockner.


The Grossglockner High Alpine Road offers many kinds of activities for all ages. Along the route, there are many hiking trails, exhibitions, restaurants, and info points. The route, with many turns, is great if you like to drive in a sporty way. You will see for sure many sports cars, but also people who enjoy cycling up this road.



37 Euro: a day ticket for 1 car



Full day

Good for

Families | Groups | Couples

Opening hours

Open from early May to early November.

Early May -  May 31st, 6:00 am to 7:30 pm.
1st June to 31st August, 5:30 am to 8:30 pm.
From 1st September 6 am - 7:30 pm.
Last entrance 45 minutes before the night lock.
Visitor Centre Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hoehe daily open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, all other exhibitions & shops from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Opening hours


A ticket can be bought at the cash desks or online: Online ticket

Admission discount

The day ticket for cars is reduced to 27,00 € for trips after 6.00 p.m. The day ticket for motorcycle is reduced to 20,50 € for trips after 6.00 p.m.





Extra tips

The three best stops:

  • The highest point the Edelweiss-Spitze, 2571 m, with 360° panorama on many 3000m mountains (buses are not allowed).
  • The Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe at 2,369 m. Here you can enjoy the view on the Grossglockner, and the glacier. You can walk up to the glass Swarovski look-out where you probably will see some marmots. Below the car park, there is a visitor's center with several exhibitions. You can also walk down to the glacier or use the glacier railway.
  • Heiligenblut and the late-gothic architecture of Heiligenblut’s Saint Vincent parish church. Thousand of visitors each year come to see this ancient pilgrimage church. With the day ticket, you can easily exit the road a visit Heiligenblut. Later you can access the toll road again with your ticket (that is connected to your license plate number).
It is officially not allowed to camp along the road, because it is a nature reserve (Nationalpark). It’s worth driving back the same route.

What we love


Grossglockner High Alpine Road

How to get there

You can drive up the pass from two directions. From Heiligenblut or via Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße (near Zell am See)
By bus: The Glocknerbus drives from 1st of July until 4th of September 2020 on Wednesday and Friday. Departure from: Hinterglemm, Saalbach, Zell am See, Bruck or Fusch . More information


There are enough parking spaces next to the road to have a short break and enjoy the view. During busy periods you may have to wait or search for a place at the large viewpoints, but it is worth the wait.

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