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Popular cycling tour in Austria

Cycling and mountain biking on the queen stage to the Grossglockner

Cycling on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is the ultimate challenge for many two-wheel fans. The road’s 48 km offer everything a cyclist’s heart desires: crisp ascents, delectable descents and truly breathtaking surroundings in fresh mountain air. Talking about which, best use the off-peak times of the day for your bike tour to the Glockner in order to avoid the car traffic on the popular excursion road. Tip: the Grossglockner High Alpine Road leads up into high mountains. Drastic changes in weather and snow in summer are anything but rare. Please bear that in mind when choosing your clothing and wear security equipment with helmet. Now we wish you a good, pleasant ride!
A ciclyst on the way to the summit
Cyclists pause at the memorial sign

The cycling stages on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Discover our four sporting top stages for passionate cyclists and mountain bikers:

•    The “Glocknerkönig-Strecke” (Eng. “Glockner King Route”) from Ferleiten (1,145 m) to the Fuscher Törl (2,428 m) with time measurement (only before 9 am and after 3 pm). Tackle sensational 1,283 altitude metres on a 12.9 km route!

•    Detour from the Fuscher Törl (2,428 m) onto the Edelweissspitze (2,571 m) – additional 143 altitude metres rewarded with the most beautiful view of three hundred 3,000 metre peaks and the entire Glocknermassiv.

•    Bike trail from Ferleiten in Salzburg (1,145 m) to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2,369 m). Enjoy fantastic 2,035 altitude metres on a 34.2 km route.

•    Bike trail from Heiligenblut in Carinthia (1,301 m) to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2,369 m). Divine 1,068 altitude metres of 16.5 km of mountain road.

Accident insurance for cyclists & mountain bikers on the Glockner Road

We generally advise cyclists to use the Grossglockner High Alpine Road before 9 am and after 3 pm due to lower volumes of traffic. We recommend taking out voluntary accident insurance for driving on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, which is valid on the section subjected to road charges. Receive information on insurance, which is offered at a daily rate of 4 Euros, at the info point of the Ferleiten road charge desk. Protection starts upon purchasing insurance and ends when leaving the road on the same day, at latest by the time of the nightly lockdown.

Benefits of insurance for cyclists

•    Invalidity (depending on degree) up to 15,000 Euros
•    Death by accident 5,000 Euros
•    Accident cost (medical expenses, therapies, etc.) up to 3,000 Euros
•    Full coverage of helicopter rescue costs
•    Plastic surgery up to 15,000 Euros

Tips for cyclists and mountain bikers on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road for download!

Service for cyclists on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road


We have laid on as wide a range of facilities as possible as well as useful services for you as a bike athlete to help you feel comfortable on the popular alpine road:

•    Changing facilities for cyclists at Ferleiten road charge desk, Fuscher Törl and Hochtor.
•    Cyclists’ showers at Ferleiten pay desk for ladies and gents (one shower cabin each). The key can be picked up at the road charge desk (alternatively pay desk, Spur 1) against a deposit of 10 Euros. The showers are located behind the building and can be reached via an external staircase. Please bring your own towels!
•    Safes for depositing equipment and valuables at the points of interest.
•    Bike racks in front of all shops.
•    Free sticker for cyclists.
•    Time measurement for the “Glocknerkönig-Strecke” from Ferleiten to the Fuscher Törl (only before 9 am and after 3 pm). Pay 2 Euros at ticket issue, draw a barcode ticket and start cycling, because time is already ticking! Read in the ticket at the evaluation device at your destination Fuscher Törl and receive confirmation of your personal cycling time. Arriving back at Ferleiten pay desk, exchange this confirmation for a certificate. At the same time, your performance is recorded in the official ranking, which is published online.
Download the current ranking! 

Grossglockner High Alpine Road Cycling events in 2016


The multifaceted alpine road is perfect for outstanding cycling events. Amateurs and pros compete for the best ranking during legendary bike races on the Grossglockner, such as the Glocknerkönig, the Tour of Austria or the Grossglockner Bike-Challenge.