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