Ferleiten Travel Guide

  • Grossglocknerstrasse - KFJH - glacier around 1997
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Ferleiten Things to Do

  • Grossglocknerstrasse - KFJH - Pasterze...

    When you're at the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, you're not only in front of the Grossglockner, but also above the Pasterze glacier.The glacier looks like a stream of ice coming down from the white planes of the Johannisberg.If flows down at an average speed of 30 metres per year. It's total length is about 8 km. In 1856 the glacier was 2 km longer.The...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - KFJH - glacier...

    At the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe you can choose to either walk down to the or take a cable car down.By taking the cable car you'll of course save quite some time in reaching the glacier, especially now it has melted quite a stretch over the last decade.When we first visited in 1999, the ice was no more than a 5 minute walk away from the lower cable...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - KFJH - Swarovski...

    At the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe you can also visit the 'Wilhelm Swarovski Observation Tower' (Wilhelm-Swarovski-Beobachtungswarte).For once the name 'Swarovski' doesn't refer to the shiny crystals everyone knows.This time it stands for the traditional optical instruments. More expensive than others, but oh so very good.This tall glass...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - KFJH -...

    The 'Kaiserstein Panorama Trail' leading from the visitors' centre at KFJH up to the Swarovski tower is very easy to walk, taking only 10 minutes.This trail leads to a statue of Kaiser Franz Josef, next to a rock in remembrance of his first visit to this spot in 1856 - hence of course the name of this place ...On calmer days you might be able to...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Haus Alpine...

    After some more curves and bends, you'll reach the museum 'Haus Alpine Naturschau", located at an altitude of 2.260 metres.In the visitor's centre/museum you can learn all about the mountain world of the Hohe Tauern.Showing and explaining the ecological important plants and animals, the museum wants to help the visitor to understand the unique but...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse -...

    For most people visiting the Grossglocknerstrasse, this spot is the highlight of the trip.Here - at 2.369 metres height - you stand face to face with the 3.798 metres high piramid-shaped Grossglockner, Austria's highest mountain.Although we've been there so often, every visit we're as amazed as if it were the first time we're up there.At its foot...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - KFJH - the...

    At the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe you have an excellent opportunity to see these cute creatures up close ... sometimes really up close ...The spots with the best chance for seeing them are marked with green signs with an arrow pointing down (sorry, no picture, but it's very clear which signs I mean ...).The animals have their nests close to the walls...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Piffkar

    When coming from Zell am See/Ferleiten, this is the first information centre you encounter.It's located at an altitude of 1.620 metres.Here's a children's playground themed around water.A 30 minutes walking trail informs you with display boards about the different bird calls of the alpine birds.There's also a shop here and toilets.On the first...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Hochmais

    At al altitude of 1.850 metres, you arrive at Hochmais.Here you have an excellent view over the end of the Ferleiten valley with it's glacier.Information on the glacier, the vegetation zones and the Rothmoos are found on the large informative display tables.(nr. 2 in the brochure)

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Geological study...

    Somewhere halfway between Fuscher Lacke and Hochtor (next tip) is the start of a geological study trail.Here - at an altitude of 2.290 metres - you can take a 'rock quiz'.The geological exhibition focusses on the creation of the Hohe Tauern rocks.This tip is again 'picture-less' since they haven't been digitalized yet ...(nr. 8 in the brochure)

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Hochtor

    Hochtor is with its 2.504 metres above sea level the highest point of the Grossglocknerstrasse. (Edelweiss-Spitze is only a side road and isn't really part of the main road itself)In the middle of the 311 metres long tunnel at Hochtor lies the actual border between Salzburgerland and Carinthia. Outside the tunnel stands the 'official' boarder-stone...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Edelweiss-Spitze

    For me this is one of the most beautiful parts of the entire Grossglocknerstrasse (well, when the weather is good at least).Just before reaching Fuscher Törl (see next tip) there's a side road (left hand side when coming from Ferleiten) leading up to the Edelweiss-Spitze. The road up (main picture) is about 2 km long.Be aware that it's quite a...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Birds of prey...

    At 2.320 metres above sea level there is an info station with display boards about the birds of prey that live in the area of the Grossglockner.These pictures are also pre-digital ...(nr. 6 in the brochure)

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Schöneck

    At 1.953 metres you can enjoy a show and a path about 'Wonderful world of the Glockner Meadows' (Wunderwelt Glocknerwiesen). Here you can find out everything about the huge diversity of flowers and insects in the Glockner-area. The walk takes about 10 minutes.More info can be found on this website.There's also a 'Sonnblick Observatory show' where...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse

    The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse (Grossglockner high alpine road) is without a doubt the most beaufiful road we've been on so far! It has to be the most famous alpine road.Driving on the GGS you're taken into the heart of the national park of the Hohe Tauern ... and no doubt that you're heart will be taken by the beauty of the majestic nature...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Kasereck

    The last information point you pass on the way to Heiligenblut is at Kasereck.This is located at an altitude of 1.911 metres.Here you're back in the 'forest-area'. Boards give you more information on the Upper Möll valley (oberes Mölltal).These is also a 'Schaukäserei' ('cheesery ???) which can be visited.Our pictures here are still pre-digital...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Fuscher Lacke

    Coming down on the winding roads from Fuscher Törl, you can see Fuscher Lacke down below in the valley.It's a lovely little lake at an altitude of 2.262 metres.There's a trail around the lake.The exhibition presented here is 'Building of the road' (Bau der Strasse). It tells the history of the 'Glockner Baraber' - as the workers were called back...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - KFJH -...

    UPDATE: as of July 12 2013 the entire Gamsgrubenweg is closed. There were several rock-slides over the last weeks before, so the path has been closed down for safety reasons. I've been told by a ranger that they're looking into a permanant solution like more tunnels or 'avalanche galeries', but until that's finshed the road will remain closed. Even...

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  • Ferleiten - Wild & Freizeitpark

    The 'Wild & Freizeitpark' in Ferleiten is actually divided in 2 parts: the wildpark and the amusement park.It's located at an altitude of 1.140 metres, directly before the toll booths for the Grossglocknerstrasse.The park is open daily from the beginning of May to beginning of November.There's a restaurant Lukashansl and a souvenirshop. We've been...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Nassfeld lake &...

    When passing the Glocknerhaus on your way up to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, there's a parking-lot to the right just before a bend.From here it's only a short and easy walk to a lake and a waterfall. It's called "Nassfeld waterfall". This makes for a great stop for a walk and maybe a picnic.You can take a short walk to the shore of the lake and...

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  • Grossglocknerstrasse - Fuscher Törl

    At an altitude of 2.428 metres there's a memorial (the little 'tower' in the pictures) to honor the workers who died during the construction of the Grossglocknerstrasse. There's a terrace at the memorial, which to me is one of the most stunning locations on the north end of the GGS to take pictures of the winding roads down below.You can park the...

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