The Grossglockner high-alpine road

Explore "the 3,000s" by car, motorbike or bicycle

You can't always see them from the Landgasthof Kirchbichl itself, but the Salzburg region contains plenty of mountains, some of them high enough to rank among "the 3,000s" – peaks towering over 3,000 metres above sea level. One road runs right through the magical high-alpine landscape, allowing you to explore the heights with no need for alpine experience or extreme fitness. Welcome to the Grossglockner high-alpine road in the Zell am See - Kaprun district.

The winding Grossglockner road runs through the high alps between the mountains of the Salzburg region
An exciting drive through the Alpine passes of the Salzburg region

To the highest mountain in the national park

This may well be the most famous alpine road in Europe, leading from Fusch on the Glocknerstrasse right up into the Hohe Tauern National Park and to the foot of the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner. More than 48km long, this road boasts 36 curves and provides travellers with all the sights and incredible highs that the natural landscapes of the Hohe Tauern have to offer. Enjoy a pleasant drive along the Grossglockner high-alpine road or, if you prefer to take a more athletic option, tackle the fabulous curves of the road on your motorbike. Keen cyclists shouldn't miss out on an exploration of the life of the Grossglockner, and a designated car-free day applies to the entire road.

Not just a driving opportunity

For many of you, the altitude of the high-alpine road presents a significant challenge. Others will simply be thrilled by the motorised excitement of the 48km length and 36 curves of the road. If you want something more than a drive and a photo opportunity with the Grossglockner, there's plenty more to discover. Along the road you will find plenty of photo stops, but also fascinating facts and information about the construction and use of the road and the natural world around it.

The winding road through the high alps to the Grossglockner peak
The Grossglockner high-alpine road is Austria's highest mountain pass road

What you'll discover along the road

  • The Alpenliebe art exhibition, marking the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss
  • The Alpine Naturschau museum – unique worldwide, with a fabulous display on alpine ecology
  • The Bau der Strasse exhibition – covering the construction of the road 1930 - 1935
  • Gamsgrubenweg – the formation of the Pasterze glacier, including the Welt der Sagen (World of Legends)
  • Automobile exhibition – the unique history of the automobile
  • The Special 75 Years exhibition – celebrating the 75th birthday of the Grossglockner high-alpine road
  • The Grossglockner exhibition – a journey through the Glockner region from 1800 to today
  • The Hochtor exhibition – located at the highest point of the high-alpine road
The high-alpine road runs through the heart of the mountains to the Grossglockner peak in Salzburg
Riding a motorbike along the Grossglockner high-alpine road

No better place to get out and about on two wheels

If you've ever ridden your motorbike along the Grossglocknerstrasse, you'll know just what we're talking about. The views of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the sheer pleasure of riding along the 48km route are absolutely unrivalled. Special bikers' stops have been established along the road, designed as meeting places and information bays for motorbike riders. Bike parking and bike safes provide extra security for your machine. A non-slip road surface and plenty of safety guardrails ensure you'll have a great ride.

Perhaps you like travelling on two wheels, but without an engine? You can become a true hero of the high-alpine Grossglockner road. The mountainous route offers a real challenge to racing bikes and mountain bikes alike, but every possible service has been provided for the comfort of riders. These include change-rooms and showers at the toll station, special bike safes and bicycle stands, and even timekeeping services, just to name a few.

A pleasant meal with splendid views

Your journey to the world of the "3000s" would not be complete without a lovely meal and outstanding views. When spring comes and the Grossglockner high-alpine road is free of snow and open to travellers once again, the numerous restaurants and huts along the way also open their doors. The Restaurant am Piffkar, the Berggasthof Edelweisshütte and the Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Haus on the Pasterze glacier are just a few of the fabulous eateries along the Grossglockner high-alpine road

Follow the road up into the mountains

We highly recommend a trip to the Grossglockner high-alpine road. None of our guests have ever regretted making the effort. Everyone is enchanted by the natural beauty of the High Tauern National Park, and visitors always enjoy the drive along the mountain road. Please ask the reception team at the Landgasthof Kirchbichl for more information about opening hours, prices and of course the weather forecast. We look forward to hearing from you – so why not send us your obligation-free enquiry or give us a call on +43(0)662 6659 00?

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