Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria

By Jess Shanahan | Roads

Sep 25

If you’re looking for a mind-blowing road in the Austrian Alps, head for the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. From the top of this mountain road, you’ll find Austria’s highest views. The road twists and turns up over the mountain before descending down into the gorgeous little town of Heilgenblut.

When I visited in September, it was foggy. The drive to Heiligenblut was far from spectacular and we were even warned not to stay as there was the threat of ice.

Thankfully, when we came up and over the top of the mountain, the sun was coming out and we were treated to wonderful views of snow-covered mountains.

The road attracts car and bike enthusiasts from all over the world and while I traversed the road in one of the dullest cars on the planet, I can see why people love it.

My daily driver is an Abarth 500 but for this particular road trip we hired a car and were given a Vauxhall Zafira. Since driving the Grossglockner High Apline Road, I’m desperate to return in my little hot hatch.

For those of you thinking of driving the road, here’s what you need to know.

Costs

To drive the road, you need to book a ticket. It costs 36EUR for the pleasure and it’s well worth it.

Where to stay

I can highly recommend Heiligenblut as somewhere to stay for a few nights. It’s a typically Austrian town full of fantastic places to eat, wonderful people and a few nice pubs too. Within the town, there’s a cable car that will take you up to the top of the mountain too, so if you like hiking, it’s a great place to stop on any road trip.

What to see

Along the Grossglockner road, there are a number of places to stop and look out at the gorgeous views but there are also a few cafes and shops along the route too. The main goal for visitors is Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. The visitor centre and restaurant is the starting point for hiking trails but also boasts some of the best views of the surrounding mountains.

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About the Author

Jess Shanahan is a road trip journalist and motorsport consultant who loves high heels, V8s and the open road. You can find her on Twitter @Jetlbomb.