Standing at 3,798 m tall, the Grossglockner is Austria’s highest mountain as well as being one of the highest peaks in the Eastern Alps. The pyramid-shaped Grossglockner is situated upstream of the lower Kleinglockner (3,770 m) with the so-called “Glocknerscharte” (Glockner gap) in-between. The peak was first climbed in 1800.
Expeditions since then have met with both victory and defeat.
The Pallavicinirinne (Pallavicini gully) is named after Margrave Alfred Pallavicini who died on the Glockner in 1886. The Grossglockner and Pasterze Glacier have been owned by the Austrian Alpine Association since 1918.
Oskar Kühlken, author of the “Glocknerbuch”, in 1951 described the legend of this mountain as follows: “The Grossglockner is more than just Austria’s highest mountain - it radiates the aura of an unusual personality. Anyone who falls under its spell will be captivated”.
The construction of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road brought a new dimension to this majestic peak. As a popular excursion, it is the very epitome of an impressive natural experience for many people: its size and power are truly tangible here and the fascination of this endless world of ice and the original powers of nature are evident.
Location: start in Fusch (approx. 40 km)