The Grossglockner – 48 kilometers of pure driving pleasure

Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain lies at the heart of Austria’s Eastern Alps. The most famous alpine road leads you right into the heart of the national park Hohe Tauern and to Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner (3,798m) and its glacier called ‘Pasterze’. 48 km fun with a motorcycle

On 48km of high alpine road 36 hair-pin bends and a spectacular ascension up to an altitude of 2.504m await you.

The drive through unparalleled blooming mountain pastures, fragrant forests, mighty cliffs and eternal ice up to the foot of the Grossglockner, the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hohe, are bound to take your breath away.

Grossglockner

48 kilometers of pure driving pleasure

Those driving from Zell am See to the northern cash point on the Grossglockner Road are “missing out” on the first kilometers of road. The road historically begins in the town center of  Bruck, at Gasthof Lukashansl on the Salzach Bridge, location of the zero milestone. Attentive drivers will discover milestone 1 at the junction with the B311 federal road. Road markers are usually installed every 200 meters to indicate the precise location. Hairpin bends and other attractions are marked by blue signs that also indicate the altitude.

After leaving Bruck, the road curves through meadows with the “Fuscher Ache” river flowing on the left. The towns of Bruck and Fusch changed the addendum to their names after the road was built: instead of adding “im Pinzgau“ (in the Pinzgau region), they have used the much more attractive addendum “an der Glocknerstrasse” (on the Glockner Road) since the 1930’s.

The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrassen AG management is located on the left when leaving Fusch, near the Bärenwerk Power Plant at milestone 9. An avalanche barrier is located shortly afterwards, at the Weiler Embach Chapel at an altitude of 863 meters. The road is closed in winter from this point and this is where the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrassen AG’s area of responsibility begins.

The route is described in the brochure “The Grossglockner – Bikers Heaven” with dream tours of the Hohe Tauern National Park. The free brochure is available at all ADAC and ÖAMTC offices, at the Grossglockner High Alpine Road cash points, at the Gerlos Alpine Road, the Nockalm Road and the Malta High Alpine Road (while supplies last).

Biker advantages

  • “Bikers Point“ on the Grossglockner as an exclusive meeting point and information point with reserved parking for motorcycles at the Edelweiss Peak at an altitude of 2,571 meters
  • Special biker parking at the major attractions along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road
  • Free “biker safes“ for helmets, jackets, etc. on the Grossglockner at Kaiser Franz Josefs Höhe and at the Hochtor.
  • “Bikers Nest“ at the Edelweiss Peak with special information for bikers on the history of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road
  • Convenient ticket sale in the information office at the Ferleiten cash point (peak periods only)
  • Supplementation of the information system with biker-friendly accommodations
  • Reduced Tour-Ticket: includes a day ticket for the Grossglockner, Gerlos and Nockalm Roads in the same season and entitles the holder to purchase a reduced ticket for the Villach Alpine Road.
  • Maximum grip material is used to resurface the pavement, especially to repair cracks in the curves
  • Continuation of the guardrail replacement program to protect bikers against sharp-edged guardrails / crash barriers

Tips for bikers

Here are some safety tips on how to demonstrate your respect for other road users and the environment:

  • You are using a high alpine road. Drive at a reasonable, reduced speed.
  • Ensure a sense of security for oncoming drivers, especially when passing.
  • Unexpected conditions (frozen melt water, wildlife or rocks on the road, sudden fog, etc.) can arise at any time in the mountains. Always drive “on sight”.
  • Be careful in curves and hairpin bends; buses and trucks have “blind spots.”
  • Stay on the right lane, also in left curves (do not cut curves).
  • You are driving trough the Hohe Tauern National Park – please avoid unnecessary noise.

Special stopping areas with biker lockers for your helmet and other gear are located at the Edelweiss-Spitze and Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe.

These safety tips were issued by: The Austrian Raod Safety Board, the State Police and Grossglockner Hochalpenstrassen AG.

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