Grossglockner High Alpine Road exhibitions
Art, nature, culture and technology: nine exciting focal topics
The exhibitions along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Salzburg's Tallest - Piffkar and Haus Alpine NaturschauPart 1 - "The Fascination of Mountains" | House Piffkar
The exhibition "Fascination Mountain" at Piffkar House offers a comprehensive and exciting insight into the development of alpinism. From elaborate first ascents, the mining of gold in the Hohentauern, the origin of the national park Hohe Tauern, the role of the Alpine Association, the first cable- and cogwheel railways, as well as the most modern presentation of the mountains.
Part 2 - "Mountain Journeys" | Haus Alpine Naturschau
In the second part of the exhibition - in the outdoor area of the Haus Alpine Naturschau - the highest mountain peaks of Salzburg are skillfully displayed: From here a magnificent view of the Große Wiesbachhorn opens up. It is the highest peak, completely within the province of Salzburg. A gravel path leads directly to a monolith, which is about three meters high and divided by a viewing gap, which encloses the view of the Wiesbachhorn. From here, you can enjoy an incomparable view of the "Salzburg Panorama". Viewing devices for adults and children for the surrounding, prominent peaks such as Fuscherkarkopf or Hohe Dock complete the installation.
Haus Alpine nature exhibition: alpine ecology, Murmi show and crystal worldA modern museum equipped with interactive elements providing a lively introduction to alpine ecology can be found above the tree line. Which interactions leave their mark on plants and wildlife in the high mountains? Which survival strategies did animals and plants develop in order to thrive at this altitude? The Murmi-Show at the multimedia cinema also offers an excellent insight into the alpine nature along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. The exhibition “Kristalle – Schatz der Hohen Tauern” (Eng. “Crystals – Treasure of the High Tauern”) presents impressive examples of mountain crystals, cairngorms and blue fluorite octahedrons from the near surroundings. Tip: a walk through the open terrain with nature trail and outdoor presentation.
Bau der Straße – exhibition at the Fuscher LackeThe Wegmacherhaus preserved in its original form at the small Fuscher Lacke mountain lake houses a permanent exhibition that examines the construction of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. The tough environment endured by over 4,000 road construction workers and social achievements such as Austria’s first bad weather regulation are presented graphically. Without these so-called “Glocknerbaraber”, road engineer Franz Wallack and state governor Franz Rehrl’s idea would have remained a pipe dream – hard work, endurance, visionary power and, not least, the assertiveness of Salzburg’s father figure made the spectacular alpine road possible; as a work creation scheme for thousands of unemployed people and as an unmatched tourist attraction.
Passheiligtum Hochtor exhibition: a path through the millennia
Wunderwelt Glocknerwiesen: abundance of plants and insects on the mountain
Exhibitions on the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe
1,500 m² of exhibition space on four floors are waiting for you at the visitors’ centre on the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe – and it’s all about the Grossglockner, Austria’s tallest mountain!
1st floor: exhibition "Glacier.Life" and automobile exhibition
2nd floor: the adventure path “Fels & Eis” (Eng. “Rock & Ice”), where, among other things, you can test your surefootedness and motorbike exhibition
3rd floor: the Glockner panorama, art exhibition "Alpenliebe" and automobile exhibition
4th floor: art exhibition "Alpenliebe"
Nothing is forever – not even the eternal ice. Because one thing keeps showing up over the millennia: the fact that the glacier is a living thing. It grows, it recedes – due to natural climate fluctuations and more recently also due to mankind and its actions.
Glacier.Life, the new exhibition provides a deep insight into the glacier habitat, its origins and its influence on nature. The Pasterze and the sensational discovery found in its retreating masses – a stone pine more than 6000 years old – are presented as two lovers that are never allowed to meet in the exhibition rooms of the visitor centre on Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe: the powerful ice giants and their hidden treasures buried underneath.
Success story of the automobile and motorbike exhibition
Find out interesting facts about the first drive on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and marvel at several vehicles on 1,000 m² of exhibition space. Cars from 1926 to the modern age, race cars, motorbikes and 200 model cars won’t fail to make the hearts of automotive enthusiasts beat faster. The first drive on the mountain pass road took place on 22 September 1934 with a Steyr 100 that was specifically converted for the narrow gravel road. The pilots of this trip across the Alps were none other than road engineer Franz Wallack and state governor Franz Rehrl! The trip from Ferleiten across the Hochtor to Heiligenblut lasted five hours – a spectacular and unforgettable time for both road visionaries without a doubt.
Alpenliebe art exhibition – 20 contemporary artists on the Glockner
The fascinating Alps have always influenced the artistic creativity of mankind. The modern art exhibition on the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe shows 20 contemporary artists who indulged their passion for the mountains. The range encompasses the Alpine Symphony by German composer Richard Strauss and the musical treatment of the alpine region by Hubert von Goisern. Photos, movies, sculptures and graphics, as well as extensive installations show the various approaches to the mountain topic. There’s also space for critical examination, for instance on topics such as the globalisation of the alpine region.
- wide-screen multivision show (award-winning movie: "Nationalpark Hohe Tauern")
- Possibilty for booking Hotels or attractions (Salzburg, Carinthia, Tyrol)
Gamsgrubenweg: free guided tours with a National Park ranger
Free guided tours from July to September every Thursday at 11 o'clock. +43 4824 2700.