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Grossglockner hiking

Grossglockner – hiking fun for all ages

Hikes & mountain tours of all difficulty levels in every season

You think Grossglockner hikes are only suited to ambitious alpinists? On the contrary! A wide network of hiking trails for all demands, themed and round paths, unhurried valley and mountain pasture hiking trails, varied family tours and high alpine steep tracks stretches across the entire High Tauern National Park with the Grossglockner at its centre. There are starting points for many walks and hikes along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. If you want to scale the summit of Austria’s highest mountain, no problem! Overcome even this challenge accompanied by an experienced mountain guide. Modern snowshoes are quickly fixed onto your hiking boots in winter, getting you ready for winter hiking fun in no time.
Hikers on the Gamsgrubenweg

Grossglockner adventure – hiking with a National Park ranger

Discover the High Tauern in a very special manner accompanied by a trained and certified National Park ranger. Hikes around the Grossglockner, which lead you across old pilgrim routes, sumpter trails and miner tracks to the most beautiful spots in Austria’s largest national park, are offered from Monday to Friday, and often on the weekend as well, from July to September. The guided tours are offered in three different levels of difficulty and with varying themes even for children from the age of six. Activities range from tracking in the forest to arctic travels to visiting the valley of vultures. Prior registration at the respective office of the tourism association by 4 pm on the day before the hike is required.

Magic moments: more than hiking on the Grossglockner

Discover the seven best nature adventures at the national park region of Carinthia! Choose a mystical nightly hike through the Groppenstein Gorge or a wilderness tour to the romantic Seebachtal. Observe feral ibexes or get up close to perpetual ice while glacier trekking on the Pasterze. Dare to hit the foaming white water during a rafting tour or enjoy an unhurried canoeing tour. Last but net least, conquer the Grossglockner summit accompanied by a qualified mountain guide! Rental equipment, transport, a drink and other services are included in the magic moments prices.
Registrations: High Tauern – the National Park Region in Carinthia, phone: +43 4824 2700

Read detailed information about all seven magic moments now!

Hiking around the Grossglockner, waterfalls, reservoir lakes and power places

The Grossglockner region is home to Europe’s largest and the world’s fifth-largest waterfall: the Krimml waterfalls thunderously plunge down the valley in several tiers with billions of the finest drops of water covering the surroundings and the amazed visitors. The finely nebulised water and the accompanying negative air ions have a positive effect on the immune system, the autonomic nervous system and asthmatic diseases. Other waterfalls in the National Park also have a pleasant and certainly visually imposing effect. You can also experience the fascination of water at the high mountain reservoir lakes in Kaprun and at several designated, personal power places that often have to do with springs and watercourses.
Hikers on a path in front of the Grossglockner

Hikes along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Our tips for brief hikes and nature tails with starting points that are easily accessible by car!
Ferleiten pay desk
The Oberstattalm at the Käfertal can be reached via a path that is suitable for prams and buggies from the Ferleiten pay desk. Arrive at the newly built hut with large marmot playground in only 20 minutes.

Piffkar (shop and exhibition are closed for the moment)
Coming from Salzburg, the first stage on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road at an altitude of 1,620 m is the Piffkar. It is the site of a special exhibition entitled “75 years of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road” to be found on the first floor of the shop building and a children’s playground that is devoted to gold panning. An interesting natural education round path starts behind the building. Enjoy an unhurried 30-minute hike and learn interesting facts about vegetation and forest animals near the timber line.

Hochmais information point
The hike to the Trauneralm leads downhill from the Hochmais information point at 1,850 m for approx. 45 minutes. The hut is open during the summer months and is near the Rotmoos, a true natural treasure with its rare plants.
Starting at Restaurant Fuschertörl (Gasthaus Dr.-Franz-Rehrl-Haus), there’s a path leading up to the Edelweiss-Spitze. The highest point of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road at 2,571 m with a one-of-a-kind view stretching from Lake Zell across the entire Grossglockner mountain region can be reached after a 30-minute walk.
When looking for a true summit adventure, the next step is to go on an awe-inspiring crest hike from the Edelweiss-Spitze to the Baumgartlkopf (2,623 m) and the Hirzkarkopf (2,548 m) with a splendid view of the Rauriser Seidlwinkltal.

Fuscher Lacke
Brief tour around the Fuscher Lacke, site of the exhibition “Bau der Strasse” (Eng. “Construction of the Road”) (approx. 10-minute walk).

The Litzlhofalm in the Seidlwinkeltal (Rauris) is an insiders’ tip. Delicious homemade organic products are served in the 130-year-old hut. The approx. 600 altitude metres can be covered in around 90 minutes. The south face of the Mittertörl serves as starting point.
The educational hiking trail “Kelten-, Säumer- und Römerweg” (Eng. “Celts, sumpters and Romans path”) allows you to cross the highest point of the pass on an age-old trail within approx. 30 minutes. Historic finds show that people have been crossing the Alps at this very spot for more than three and a half millennia.
Another trail from the Hochtor south portal leads to the 3,018 m Brennkogel. Approx walking time 3.75 hours (alpine terrain).

Gletscherstrasse turn 3
After taking the junction in the direction of the Grossglockner at the roundabout, you’ll find the starting point for a brief walking path to the “Fallbach” waterfall (approx. walking time there and back 30 minutes) at turn 3 of the glacier road.

A brief botanical round hiking path (walking time 10 minutes) behind Gasthaus Schöneck allows you to enjoy the glorious “Wunderwelt Glocknerwiesen” (Eng. “Magic World of the Glockner meadows”). A small nature exhibition offers insights into the diversity of insects and flowers. Kids will have a great time at the children’s playground “Vom Ei zum Schmetterling” (Eng. “From Egg to Butterfly”) here.
Hikers on the Pasterze

Hikes on the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe

From now on, the Gamsgrubenweg is only accessible up to the tunnel 6. The further path is closed for general inspection due to the danger of falling rocks. Only experienced alpinists with protective equipment (helmets etc.) can embark on continuous mountain routes from here at their own risk.

The route via Hofmannsweg is also closed.

Pasterze glacier trail
A secured steep alpine track (approx. walking time: 30 minutes down, 1 hour up) leads directly onto the Pasterze glacier. Optionally, the glacier railway can be used for a fee. The Pasterzenweg leads from the Pasterze to the Glocknerhaus (approx. walking time 1.5 hours).

Swarovski-Warte panoramic trail
This trail at the visitors’ centre leads above the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe to the Wilhelm-Swarovski-Beobachtungswarte and can be covered within a 10-minute walk. Unhurriedly continue from the look-out point to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Haus and the bus park (approx. walking time 30 minutes).

The Alpe-Adria-Trail connects the three regions Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia via a total of 43 stages (1 stage = approx. 20 km, walking time around 6 hours). The long-distance hiking trail leads from the foot of the Grossglockner through the most beautiful Carinthian mountain and lake regions and, without detours, close to the intersection of the three countries Austria, Italy and Slovenia, and further on to the Adriatic Sea at Muggia.
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Conduct in the alpine pasture areas

TheGRossglockner High Alpine Road is located in an alpine pasture area; sometimes the road goes directly across pastureland. Drivers and cyclists must proceed with particular caution and with a correspondingly reduced speed. Free-range grazing livestock (e.g. sheep) or even wild animals (e.g. especially in blind curves) must be expected at any time!
Obtain hiking and road maps of the entire area along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road including beautiful pictures and valuable information at our Glockner shops.
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