Viaggio Alpino – Grossglockner Strasse

Alpine Voyage – Grossglockner Hoch Alpen Strasse (or High Alpine Road)

Classic Austria

Classic Austria

On our way back from Germany we decided to take a full day and take the scenic route back. We had read about the Großglockner Hoch Alpen Straße in our Austria book, and also in 1000 Places to See Before You Die, and it wasn’t very far out of our way, so we figured it was worth checking out. Großglockner is the name of Austria’s highest mountain, and the Hoch Alpen Strasse is a scenic road built expressly for tourism and to bring Austria out of depression after World War I and the stock market crash of 1929.

Checking out the Map

Checking out the Map

The road is 48 kilometers long with 36 bends (lots of them tight hairpin turns), and an altitude ascent to 2,504 meters. So it wouldn’t have taken that long to traverse, if we hadn’t been stopping so often for pictures.

Hairpin turns on the way to the Bikers Nest

Hairpin turns on the way to the Bikers Nest

Ryan kept his eyes carefully on the road on the way up this set of turns – I looked out over the edge at the amazing view. (Don’t worry, Ryan took it all in when we stopped at the top)

Me, and a mountain goat - where we stopped for lunch

Me, and a mountain goat - where we stopped for lunch

I find myself running out of words to describe the experience we had driving this road. It was absolutely beautiful. The sun was shining, the sky was clear, and the views were magnificent. But really, the pictures are worth 100,000 words. (We took 100 pictures so … that’s 100 x 1000 – ’cause I’m a dork like that.) So, if you’re interested, here are the rest.

Final Destination - view of the Grossglockner, and the Pasterze Glacier

Final Destination - view of the Grossglockner, and the Pasterze Glacier

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One response to “Viaggio Alpino – Grossglockner Strasse

  1. Elaine

    I’ve never heard of that place in Austria. What a wonderful experience. I keep wanting to go to every place you mention. :)

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