Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Memorable Visit to Austria’s Highest Peak: Grossglockner

Grossglockner
Grossglockner





As Austria is well known for being such a mountainous country, I always had a desire to visit the absolute highest peak within the country. This was a piece of information that is very easy to find out when in the country, as the mountain is actually one of Austria’s most popular tourist attractions in its own right.

So, having discovered that the highest mountain in Austria goes by the name of ‘Grossglockner’, I found out that it was actually easier to reach this summit than I thought. I relied on a good road connection to get to me to the border between East Tyrol and Carinthia, where this mountain may be found. 

Once there, I learnt that some 900,000 tourists visit this mountain each and every year – making it the second most popular attraction in the entire country. The mountain rises above sea level to a height of 3,798m and it is actually made up of two summits lying side-by-side, the Grossglockner and Kleinglocker (which is 3,770m and therefore slightly shorter). These form the appearance of a pyramid-like shape and make the mountain quite unique and interesting to behold. 

Grossglockner is also well known for the fact that it contains one of Austria’s most famous and extended glaciers: Pasterze. Both the glacier and the mountain itself can be viewed by way of guided tours that are available during the warmer and more hospitable months of the year. If you plan to take a trip to the mountain during the winter, you are likely to encounter problems physically getting here and pretty much everything will be closed. 

I travelled along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road which lies over 2,500m above sea level and is the highest of its kind in the country. The views that greeted me on this awe-inspiring trip quite simply took my breath away; and I would say that if you ever get the chance to visit the mountain, never, ever pass it up. You can get more detailed information on visiting times etc. through the following website: http://www.grossglockner.at/en/hochalpenstrasse/

*** Photo credit: www.tourentipp.de