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 glacier lake created by water running off from the glacier (in my pictures) will certainly get much larger while the glacier itself shrinks beyond recognition.
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 and snow as the mountains tend to trap lots of clouds.
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 say about it, it certainly isn't straight! It twists and turns through more hairpin turns and bends than you can count and, if you are driving, will probably give you one of the greatest drives of your life.
The highway runs for nearly 48km (30miles), starting off at Bruck an der Grossglockmerstrasse at 757m (2,483ft) and rises to highest point at 2,507m (8,220ft). This height is reached just after the 2nd tunnel that you pass through. Finished in 1935, the maintenance of the road is borne by a toll. The round trip fee is 26 Euro.
You might think that building a highway through the mountains is impressive, especially with the machinery available in the 1930's.. What is even more impressive was that the engineers building the road found evidence that the Romans had built a road along the same route, some 19 centuries earlier!