Großglockner - Edelweisspitze - Heiligenblut
The Großglockner –
the highest mountain in the Austrian Alps
This excursion takes us across Austria’s Hochalpenstraße (High Alpine Road), the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria, which is beautifully situated. The road covers ca. 40 km and leads to the foot of the Großglockner (3,798 m) and its glacier, the "Pasterze".
The High Alpine Road extends across ancient Roman paths and was opened in 1935 after 5 years hard labour. Since then it has been one of Austrian’s most popular attractions.
We stop at the Edelweißspitze at 2,580 m above sea level, the highest accessible point of the road, which offers magnificent views of thirty mountains of at least 3,000 metres in height.
After driving through the Hochtor tunnel we arrive in Kärnten where we will visit the Franz-Josefs-Höhe (viewing platform at the foot of the Großglockner) and idyllic Heiligenblut, a place of pilgrimage, with gothic church and magnificent baroque high altar (built by Michael Pacher).
We end our eventful mountain tour with a relaxing coffee and cake stop at the "Mankeiwirt" inn with its groundhogs (optional extra) after which we start the journey down the valley towards Ferleiten/Fuschertal.
Collect from hotel
8.45 – 9.00 am
Drive along at the High Alpine Road (with stops)
Duration: ca. 2 hours
Visit Heiligenblut, a place of pilgrimag
Duration: ca. 30 minutes
Return to hotel
by 1.30 pm at the latest