Grossglockner – hiking fun for all ages
Hikes & mountain tours of all difficulty levels in every season
Grossglockner adventure – hiking with a National Park rangerDiscover 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 GrossglocknerDiscover 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
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Hiking around the Grossglockner, waterfalls, reservoir lakes and power placesThe 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.
Hikes along the Grossglockner High Alpine RoadOur tips for brief hikes and nature tails with starting points that are easily accessible by car!
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.
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.
Brief tour around the Fuscher Lacke, site of the exhibition “Bau der Strasse” (Eng. “Construction of the Road”) and a themed playground (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.
Hikes on the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-HöheGamsgrubenweg
This one-of-a-kind alpine panoramic trail high above the impressive glacier scenery of the Pasterze with breaking ice, moraine and glacier tongue can be comfortably covered within 30 minutes. Only trained mountaineers might choose to go on through high alpine territory across the glacier (southern Bockkaar ice stream) to the Oberwalderhütte or up to the Fuscherkarkopf.
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.
Find detailed information at www.alpe-adria-trail.com
Link to the Alpe-Adria-Trail image clip - www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MLbqdorccs