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Großglockner High Alpine Road

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  • Großglockner Hochalpenstraße
    / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung
  • Großglockner Hochalpenstraße mit Großglockner
    / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße mit Großglockner
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung
  • Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe
    / Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung
  • Kaiser Franz Josef Höhe
    / Kaiser Franz Josef Höhe
    Photo: Kärnten Werbung
  • Großglockner Hochalpenstraße
    / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße
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  • Blick auf die Kirche in Heiligenblut
    / Blick auf die Kirche in Heiligenblut
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  • / Gartlfall
    Photo: G. Mussnig, Kärnten Hohe Tauern
  • / Burg Hohenburg, Oberdrauburg
    Photo: Kärnten Werbung
  • / Burg Mauterndorf
    Photo: Kärnten Werbung
  • / Bacherlebnis Pöllatal
    Photo: Kärnten Werbung
  • / Am Jungfernsprung
    Photo: K. Dapra, Kärnten Hohe Tauern
  • / Liechtensteinklamm
    Photo: Kärnten Werbung
  • / Ochsenschlucht
    Photo: Kärnten Werbung
  • / Krimmler Wasserfälle
    Photo: Kärnten Werbung
  • / Foltermuseum
    Photo: Transromanica Kärnten
  • / Mautturm Winklern
    Photo: D. Zupanc, Kärnten Hohe Tauern
  • / Porsche Automuseum Gmünd
    Photo: Tourismusverband Lieser-Maltatal
  • / Schloss Porcia
    Photo: Roland Oberdorfer, Kärnten Werbung
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Austria’s answer to Route 66...

moderate
314.3 km
5:00 h
8031 m
8031 m

Oberes Drautal – Dölsach – Iselsberg – Heiligenblut – Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße – Bruck – Schwarzach – Wagrain – Altenmarkt – Radstadt – Obertauern – Mauterndorf – St. Michael – Katschberg – Gmünd – Spittal – Greifenburg.

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Author
Sabine Zölß, Alpstein Österreich
Updated: November 06, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Fuscher Törl, 2553 m
Lowest point
547 m
Best time of year
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Start

Oberdrauburg (617 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.743030, 13.005070
UTM
33T 347610 5178541

Destination

Oberdrauburg

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting in Oberdrauburg, the route runs up the River Drau, Carinthia’s longest and most important river, towards Lienz. Over the Iselsberg you’ll return to Carinthia, riding along the Upper Möll Valley and past roaring waterfalls to Heiligenblut, which is famous for its Gothic pilgrimage church and adjoining mountaineers’ cemetery, both well worth a visit. There begins the 48 km long Grossglockner High Alpine Road with its 36 hairpin bends. Nature andriding experiences of a special kind await bikers on this spectacular road that was first opened in 1935. The first high point is the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Grossglockner (3,798 m), Austria’s highest mountain, as well as of the Pasterze, the longest glacier in the Eastern Alps. Dozens of marmots play right next to visitors, and with a little luck, you might also see the impressive ibexes. Then continue through the Hochtor, and, after a short downhill ride, you will reach the highest point of this tour at 2,571 m altitude, the Fuscher Törl and Edelweissspitze. Wonderful panoramic views of the peaks of more than thirty 3,000 m high mountains can be enjoyed from here. Then head quickly downhill to Bruck and along the B 311 to St. Johann im Pongau (Pongau Cathedral is well worthseeing), and further on via Wagrain and Radstadt; there, turn onto the B 99 towards Obertauern. The route leads downhill again, with the next ascent waiting near St. Michael im Lungau up to the Katschberghöhe, a popular winter sports resort. Continue on the B 99 through the Lieser Valley (the medieval artists’ town of Gmüd with its Porsche Car Museum is well worth a visit) as far as Spittal an der Drau, and then over the Lurnfeld and the Upper Drau Valley back to the starting point.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
314.3 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
8031 m
Descent
8031 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Summit route

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