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The '''Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse''' (German:''Großglockner Hochalpenstraße'';  []) is a toll road across the central alpine chain, connecting [[Fusch]] and [[Heiligenblut]], both in [[Austria]].
Built in 1935, it is one of Austria's most scenic roads. Many parking areas and visitor platforms provide breathtaking views of the high alpine scenery on Austria's highest mountain, Grossglockner (''Großglockner'') (literally:''Big Bell''), its largest glacier, Pasterze glacier, and many other features. The road rises up to 2503 meters above sea level and is only open from the beginning of May until the beginning of November. During the rest of the year it is covered with huge amounts of snow.
Take some warm clothes with you, even in the middle of the summer.
==Get in==
Enter the road from the north ([[Fusch]]) or the south ([[Heiligenblut]]). The toll is 26 Euros per car.
The road is closed between 10.00 pm and 5.00 am in the high season (between 15th of June and 15th of September) and between 8.30 pm and 6.00 am otherwise. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing.
There are two dead end roads that both end in scenic view points. One goes to the 2571 m high Edelweiss-spitze (''Edelweißspitze''), the other one to the visitor center on ''Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe'' (2369 m) with views to the Pasterze glacier and Grossglockner (''Großglockner'').
==Stay safe==
Well, the road is usually in good condition, but you should have had previous experience driving on alpine roads. If driving south - i.e on the outside - watch out for the northbound coaches hogging the centre of the hairpins. If you're in a right-hand (English) car, don't look down!
==Get out==

Latest revision as of 12:38, 23 August 2007