Kals-am Großglockner Travel Guide

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Kals-am Großglockner Things to Do

  • Franz Josefs Hohe: Viewing gallery

    There is a huge open space viewing gallery outside the visitor's centre with magnificient views of the mountains and Grossglockner Glacier. There are binoculars here for those who wants to have a closer view of the surroundings. It is very cold here due to the surrounding snow mountains and the fact that you are 2369 metres above sea level. Below...

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  • Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse

    Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse is open only in summer and unfortunately you need to pay for use the road. It is great to drive to the top and enjoy the landscape. There are also marmots, funny to watch them and they are used to the tourists, so dont run away but get curious.

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  • A Pleasant Walk on a Summers Day

    When we arrived here at the Glossclockner we were not alone - there are so many tourists here arriving by coaches - private cars and motorbikes. Most people take the little shuttle bus up to the Kaiser Josefs-Hohe visitors centre. I could see the mountains from the observation terrace of the car park and didn't feel the need to join the crowds. We...

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  • Among the Great Peaks

    The Grossglockner Snow capped Mountain Peak stands in the heart of the Hohe Tauren National Park towering to a height of 3,798 metres. Here you will find over thirty mountain peaks ascending to 3,000 metres which count among the highest in the eastern Alps. The mountain scenery is totally stunning and awe inspiring. I loved the fresh air feeling...

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  • Alpine Lakes

    When you are moving along the Grossglockner Road, you will notice that there are several beautiful mountain lakes up here which are worthwhile to make a stop and admire their beauty, especially on a good day with no wind (you can see very beautiful reflections of the mountains on these alpine lakes).

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  • Kitzsteinhorn mountain

    The Kitzsteinhorn is a very famous mountain of the Grossglockner Road. This is because it has a good skiing resort which you can go skiing even in summer because of the permanent snow at the glacier up there. Besides skiing, you can do some mountain walking during summer. There is a nice lake at the bottom formed by a big dam, and the town of...

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  • Fuscher Torl (2428 metres)

    A memorial designed by the internationally renowed architect Clemens Holzmeister is built here in memory of the workers who died during the construction of the Grossglockner Road. This place offers one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Grossglockner, surrounding mountains and valleys.

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  • Franz Josefs Hohe: Marmots

    When you arrive at the Franz Josefs Hohe viewpoint carpark, you will see some signboards indicating areas where marmots can be seen. What is a marmot? Well, marmots are actually large ground squirrels which live in mountainous areas in the United States or in the European Alps. Marmots live in burrows, and hibernate there through the winter. Most...

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  • Franz Josefs Hohe: Visitor's Centre

    There is a huge visitor's centre at the Franz Josefs Hohe viewpoint which consist of a few storeys and it worth visiting. There are lots of exhibits, very good cinema showing the beautiful scenery and life in the Austrian Alps, a panorama room where you can experience the mountains surrounding you and the Wilhelm Swarovski Observatory with great...

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  • Franz Josefs Hohe: Grossglockner Glacier

    The highlight of the Franz Josefs Hohe viewpoint area (2369 metres) must surely be the magnificient Grossglockner Glacier. On a clear day, you can see Grossglockner (highest mountain in Austria at 3798 metres) across the glacier at the other side of the valley. If you have the time, it is possible to walk down to a place which is very close to the...

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  • Haus Alpine Naturschau

    The Haus Alpine Naturschau (2260 metres) is a landmark of the Grossglockner Road (see photos). This building is home to the alpine nature film presentations of the Hohe Tauren National Park (plus there is a souvenir shop and toilets here), and the surrounding areas offer spectacular views of the mountains. In addition during spring and early...

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  • Great view points

    There are several great view points along the Grossglockner Road, especially on a clear day. They are:Piffkar (1620 metres)Haus Alpine Naturschau (2260 metres)Edelweiss-Spitze (2571 metres)Fuscher Torl (2428 metres)Hochtor (2504 metres)In order to know where these great view points are, you can obtain a brochure which include a very detailed map of...

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  • Weather and webcam

    The weather at the Grossglockner Road is very unpredictable due to the high mountains. Even if the weather is very good at nearby places such as the town of Zell Am See, it does not necessarily mean clear weather on the mountains. During the summer months, the mountains usually trap more clouds so you may not be able to see their peaks so clearly,...

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  • Mountains surrounding Grossglockner Road

    When you move along the Grossglockner Road and enter the valley at the town of Fusch, a world of beautiful snow capped mountains will appear before your very eyes. The famous mountain peaks which you will see on a clear day are:Hoher Tenn (3368 metres)Grosses Wiesbachhorn (3564 metres)Hohe Dock (3348 metres)Johannisberg (3460 metres)Fuscherkarkopf...

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  • Other attractions near to the...

    While visiting the Grossglockner Road, you may want to consider visiting the other attractions near to it, especially the follows:- Town of Zell Am See (beautiful town next to a lake and surrounded by mountains, popular during winter for skiing and summer for hiking and scenery. Please visit my VT Zell Am See page for more information and photos).-...

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Kals-am Großglockner Restaurants

  • Stop for some coffee and cake

    The restaurant is set in a very scenic spot with excellent views of the mountains and Krimml waterfalls in the distance. There is a wildlife park here too which we didn't visit as we were on a bus tour and didn't have the time. They have seating inside which also includes a shop and the necessary toilets. We sat outside on the sunny terrace...

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  • Restaurants along Grossglockner Road

    There are many restaurants along the Grossglockner Road and they are listed at the webpage below. During our visit there, my wife and I had our lunch at a restaurant at the Franz Josefs Hohe viewpoint area, just above the souvenir shop next to the visitor's centre. I cannot remember the name of this restaurant, but it is very popular and crowded....

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Kals-am Großglockner Transportation

  • The Tour Bus & The Shuttle Bus

    We booked this tour through our Hotel but there are numerous coach companies offering the same thing at around the same price. We paid 33.50 euros each - child prices are 19.25 euros which includes your entrance to the Hohe Tauern National Park. Our guide for the journey only, was German but had lived and worked in Austria for a number of years...

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  • Walking down to the glacier

    When you are at the Franz Josefs Hohe viewpoint, there is actually a path leading down to the glacier below where you can get really close up with one of the natural wonders of Austria. When you are walking down, be careful with the path and it will also pass through some underground areas. Only go down to the glacier if you have enough time to...

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  • Going by car or motorcycle

    If you are driving a car or motorcycle, then it is possible for you to drive the Grossglockner Road. The roads are very well paved with clear directions, the only dangers are negotiating the bending roads, up-hill slopes and icy conditions when snow is still around. Also, the park charges 28 euros per car and 18 euros per motorcycle to use the...

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Kals-am Großglockner Shopping

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Aug 29, 2007

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    As well as soveniers of Austria including fleece jackets embroidered with Austria's national flower, which we didn't need due to the high temperatures endured on our visit, the shop also sells a good variety of fresh fruit and bottled water, filled rolls and sandwiches all readily available if you want to prepare a packed lunch for a hiking trip through the Hohe Tauern. I did discover in all the places I visited in Austria the postcards are usually local so if you like collecting postcards I would suggest you buy them at the original location otherwise you may not get the ones you prefer.

    What to buy: I did buy some postcards of the Grossglockner Mountain - some to send and some to keep. I also bought some fridge magnets to add to my growing collection

    What to pay: Prices are a little higher here as always at top tourist spots but still quite reasonable

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Kals-am Großglockner Local Customs

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Grossclockner High Alpine Road was built between 1930 - 1935. Its total length is 48 kilometres incorporating 36 hair raising bends with an altitude ascent of 2,504 metres. Back in 1935 the visitor numbers were around 120,000. This number, not surprisingly, dropped dramatically during the war years to 27,000., the road suffered a lot of damage due to the heavy use of tanks and inexpert snow clearing during the occupation. After WWll the road was repaired. The road was later widened from six metres to seven and a half metres and the speed limit increased for 4 kilometres per hour to 70 kilometres. Parking was also increased from a mere 800 spaces to a massive 4,000 giving the road the capacity to carry an amazing 350,000 vehicles. Work was completed after just twenty five months and the High Alpine Road was officially opened once again on the 31st. December 1962. Strange to think this road has no real purpose except to transport tourists through the National Park and the Grossclockner Mountian - on saying this if you like thrilling scenic drives this is the road for you

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Kals-am Großglockner Warnings and Dangers

  • The Eternal Ice - or is it?

    The Pasterze is one of the longest glaciers in the Eastern Alps known as 'The Eternal Ice' Like most glaciers in our world today it is shrinking at a phenomenal rate of around ten metres annually. Whatever the reason for the glacier's retreat - be it global warming or mass tourism - two things are certain - This ice can never be enternal and the...

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  • Unpredictable, cold and windy weather

    Because it is high up in the mountains, the weather at the grossglockner road is unpredictable. Even in summer, the weather is cold and windy up here even though it may be hot down in the valley or surrounding areas. Alway get your warm clothings prepared if you are going up, especially those on motorcycles and bicycles. Also be prepared for rain...

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  • Road Travel

    This trip has to be taken by road along the Grossglocknerstrasse (Route 107). If you get travel sickness, then make sure that you take travel sickness pills with you because the trip really is worth it. That is enough about the warning, now lets talk about the road.This road is the longest and most splendid alpine highway in Europe. Whatever they...

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Kals-am Großglockner What to Pack

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You are visiting the highest mountain in Austria in July and you are told that there is still snow on the ground up there. Do you take a coat or sun tan lotion? Sounds an easy question to answer, doesn't it? Got to be the coat!

    Well, actually, both would be correct. You can't tell what the weather will be like. If cloudy, then it could be cold but if the sun comes out, well, you are so much closer to it than you are used to, that a short time in it could give you sunburn! Oh, and a pair of sunglasses would not go amiss either, especially if you go down on the glacier while it is sunny.

    Miscellaneous: Drink lots of liquids! The higher you go, the drier the air and you may well exist with drinking a few litres of water at sea level but you need a lot more at this height, as the atmosphere sucks it straight out of you, so carry a bottle of water around with you.

    Grossglockner Dam Get you head in the clouds....
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Kals-am Großglockner Favorites

  • Photography

    The Grossglockner Road with its stunning scenery all around you can be a photographer's paradise, especially with the modern day digital cameras where you can take many many photos. One important thing to note is that it is cold and windy up here, and therefore the digital camera batteries will run out faster. Always keep your digital camera close...

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  • Ice during summer

    During early summer such as June, it is still possible to see and experience ice along the Grossglockner Road, especially at the Haus Alpine Naturschau area (see my VT Haus Alpine Naturschau tip) where you can make a stop at the carpark and enjoy playing in the ice. However, be very careful as the melting ice is very soft and slippery, and may be...

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  • Waterfalls

    When you are moving along the Grossglockner Road, you will notice there are several waterfalls here, ranging from magnificent ones high up in the mountains (see photo) to smaller waterfalls coming down the side of the mountains.The best of them all is at another nearby valley called the Krimml Falls (see my VT Krimml page). This is the highest...

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