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Saturday, April 13, 2013
A Memorable Visit to Austria’s Highest Peak: 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/