One of the most popular cycle routes in Austria Tackle the Grossglockner High Alpine Road once in your life! Crown yourself ‘King or Queen of the Glockner’! That is the ultimate challenge for many bicycle fans. After all, this 48-kilometre road has it all and simply offers everything a cyclist’s heart yearns for: pleasure-packed ascents! Surrounded by wonderful scenery! Breath-taking views! And all that in crystal-clear, fresh mountain air! And apropos fresh mountain air – smart road race and leisure riders will use the off-peak times for their bike tours – that is, early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Why? Well, simply because traffic is less at these times and you get to enjoy this popular excursion road to the full. 

Tackle the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in four bike stages

Discover our four, sporty, fantastic stages for keen road cyclists and mountain bikers: 

  1. The ‘Glocknerkönig route’ from Ferleiten (1145 m) to Fuscher Törl (2428 m) - with time measurement, before 09:00 am and after 03:00 pm. Tackle the sensational 1283 metres ascent on a route of 12.9 kilometres.
  2. Detour from Fuscher Törl (2428 m) to the Edelweiss-Spitze (2571m) - an additional 143 metres ascent that is rewarded with the loveliest views to a sea of three-thousand metre mountains and the Glockner massif.
  3. From Ferleiten in Salzburg (1145m) to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2369m) - enjoy the superb 2035 metres ascent on a length of 34.2 kilometres. The ‘König’ stage up to the majesty that is the Grossglockner! 
  4. From Heiligenblut in Carinthia (1301 m) to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2369m) - dreamily lovely 1068 metres ascent on a 16.5 kilometre mountain road.

Tips for your cycling trip

When planning your cycle tour, please always bear in mind that the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is in a high Alpine setting. That is - fast, unexpected changes in the weather, heavy rain showers, storms and sometimes even snow fall in the summer are not uncommon. Please be mindful of this when you are choosing your clothing and always wear safety equipment, including a helmet. The wise protect their head! More tips and information for your bike trip can be found in our information sheet 

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Grossglockner High Alpine Road, cyclists on the north side of the road  | © Kolarik

Services for cyclists on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road

  • Safes to store equipment and valuables on Hochtor and Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe.  
  • Bike stands outside all shops. 
  • Time measurement for the ‘Glocknerkönig route’ from Ferleiten to Fuscher Törl – only before 09:00 am and after
    03:00 pm. How it works – pay 2 Euros to get your ticket. Pull out the barcode ticket and go – the clock is ticking! Swipe the ticket in the analysis device at the finish and receive a confirmation with your own ride time. Arriving back at the pay desk in Fusch/Ferleiten, swap this confirmation docket for your official Glocknerkönig certificate. Your performance will then be recorded in the official ranking list.

Ranking list 2023

Ranking list 1998-2023

Tip: Accident insurance for road cyclists & mountain bikers  

Cycling in high Alpine terrain brings with it certain risks. For that reason, we recommend all cyclists take out voluntary accident insurance for their ride on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Information about insurance – which costs 4 Euros for one day – is available at the pay point in Fusch/Ferleiten. Protection starts upon purchase of the insurance and ends when you exit the road that same day; with the latest time being when the road is closed for the night. 

Scope of service

  • Invalidity (depending on degree) up to 15,000 Euro
  • Accidental death 5,000 Euro
  • Accident costs (medica expenses, care costs etc.) up tp 3,000 Euro
  • Rehab management up to 15,000 Euro
  • Helicopter rescue - full cover 
  • Cosmetic operations, up to 15,000 Euro


We ask all road cyclists and mountain bikers not to needlessly throw away rubbish at the side of the road, for instance energy bar wrappers, plastic bottles etc. Please dispose of at the rubbish points, into the specific disposal areas provided. Remember – you are in the Hohe Tauern National Park – an area that is under strict conservation protection! 

Cycle sport events on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road

It’s as if the variety-packed Grossglockner High Alpine Road was made for outstanding cycle sport events! Whether it is the ‘Glocknerkönig’, the Tour of Austria or the Grossglockner Bike Challenge: amateurs and pros do battle every summer for the best positions at the legendary cycle races on the Grossglockner. Be a part of it – whether it is actively taking part or as an onlooker at the top cycle sport events on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road! 

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