mountain station of the glacier lift at grossglockner
The glacier world of Pasterze
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Glacier Experience Großglockner

The Magic Force Of The Eternal Ice

Summiteers listen closely! You have always wanted to explore the highest mountain of Austria? Since the construction of  Großglockner Hochalpenstraße not only experienced mountaineers are able to discover the beauty of Großglockner. You may not get straight to the peak at 3,789 m, that's true, but you will certainly enjoy a gigantic panorama. 
That's not all: There are even more adventures around Großglockner, ice for example. At  Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe  a unique glacier experience is waiting for you. Explore eight-kilometre-long Pasterze, the largest glacier of Austria. Sounds impressive, doesn't it?

The glacier in the hiking area Grossglockner-Heiligenblut in summer
hiking on the glacier in summer in the region Grossgockner-Heiligenblut
mountain station of the glacier lift at Grossglockner
view from the glacier lift at Grossglockner
the glacier lift of the Grossglockner-Heiligenblut region
cows on the pasture at Grossglockner in summer
Ibex in the Glockner region are not uncommon.
Experience on the glacier in the region Grossglockner-Heiligenblut in summer
On the way to the glacier in the Grossglockner-Heiligenblut region
Marmots on the mountain pasture in the Glockner region.

Glacier Trekking

Along Pasterze

Equipped with climbing iron and ice pick you explore the world of eternal ice. Discover Pasterze, the largest glacier of the Eastern Alps and join us on this unique trekking tour enjoying the alpine panorama of Hohe Tauern.
Your guide will lead you to the top. Good physical shape is necessary, the entire tour will take nearly six hours. You start at Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe each Tuesday at 10:15 am.

All Info about glacier trekking at a glance

  • Period: June 14, 2022 – Sept 13, 2021,  on Tuesday
  • Start and meeting point: 10:15 Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe visitors' centre
  • Duration: approx. 6 hrs.,  5 hrs. net walking time (250 vertical metres)
  • Number of participants: min. 2 adults, max. 9 participants
  • Requirements: good shape and minimum age of 8
  • Services included: guided glacier tour with certified mountain guide, rent equipment, Booklet „Ewiges Eis – die Pasterze in Bildern seit 1870“ and a HochGenuss Gruß (regionally produced cereal bar)

The Stressless Way to the World of the Eternal Ice

A Ride On The Historic Glacier Lift

You do not want to participate at the 6-hour-trekking tour? Don't worry. You still can be part of the glacier experience. The historic glacier lift will take you down without any effort.
In former days you were directly surrounded by the glacier when leaving the lift, but today it takes a 50-minute-walk to reach the ice. Over the years the glacier has diminished considerably.
But no worries: You will still see many thrilling spots and places along the walk. Fun and thrills are guaranteed.

Großglockner Hochalpenstraße

Curve After Curve Up To The Highest Mountain Of Austria

This is for sure:  This road is one of the best-known roads in Austria -  Großglockner Hochalpenstraße. 35 curves lead up to 2, 571 m above sea level, getting closer and closer to Mount Großglockner. Many breath-taking moments along the road are guaranteed.
You start in Salzburg or in Carinthia. The well-known high-alpine road connects the two Austrian provinces.
No matter where you start from. The drive is really unique. Flourishing alpine pastures, the scent of alpine forests, gigantic rocks up to the eternal ice. An absolute highlight! Hochtor is situated at 2,504 m above sea level. Enjoy the enormous panoramic view of more than 30 mountains higher than 3,000m.
Another Tip: You do not want to follow the winding road, but still you do not want to miss the unique panorama? Heiligenblut Cable Car takes you up the most beautiful viewpoints of the area. Book your ticket now!
That's not enough: Enjoy delicious food that is served in the gondola!


Places of interest along Großglockner Hochalpenstraße

Dreamlike Panorama And Things You Should Know

  • Perfect view of the highest peaks: there are many viewpoints. The absolute highlight of the high-alpine road is Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. Mount Großglockner seems to be within your grasp.
  • Excursion for the whole family: You are on holidays with your little ones? You find many interesting places along Großglockner Hochalpenstraße. Numerous playgrounds such as the ones at Schareck, Piffkar, Schöneck or Fuscher Lake.
  • Interesting facts about Hohe Tauern: Get useful info about the mountain world along numerous nature trails and museums along the road. Our tip: Haus Alpine Naturschau at 2,260 m above sea level.


You want more? Discover all summer activities of Großglockner Resort at a glance.