HIGH ALPINE ROAD
The Landhaus Bergner Alm chalet is lucky enough to be situated just 800 metres from the starting point of the famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Consistently ranked as one of the TOP 3 must-see destinations in Austria, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse) is definitely one to add to your Austrian travel bucket list.
This 48km stretch of alpine road winds playfully up through the Hohe Tauern National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Alps, to just a stone's throw away from the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner. Open from May through to late October, this is an absolute must see whilst you're on holiday at the Landhaus Bergner Alm. It's an exhilarating drive, with absolutely breathtaking views of towering mountains, crystal clear lakes, glaciers and waterfalls.
For Incredible Views
Driving the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is an incredible experience. The road covers a whopping 48km that winds all the way from our pretty village of Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse to a vantage point of the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner. The high alpine road has countless exhilarating hair pin turns, that weave through the breathtaking scenery of the Hohe Tauern National Park. The highest drivable point is the Edelweiss Spitze, which sits at 2,571m above sea level, with panoramic mountain views. Along the way are plenty of vantage points to stop and soak up the views, as well as mountain huts serving traditional Austrian refreshments. If you're interested in hiking whilst visiting the high alpine road, there is also an extensive network of trails for different abilities. For more information on hiking trails, visiting the Grossglockner High Alpine Road website.
VISITING WITH FAMILIES
For All Ages
Visiting the Grossglockner High Alpine Road isn't just for adults, it's a great day out for families with children too. Near the start of the High Alpine Road is "Wildpark Ferleiten", a wildlife and adventure park with over 200 hundred alpine animals and 40 rides for children to enjoy. The wildlife park is an awesome family destination for a day outing, and also as a stop off whilst visiting the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. There are plenty of themed trails at various points along the mountain pass, that offer entertaining and educational touch points for adults and children alike, as well as playparks with stunning backdrops of the Hohe Tauern National Park and its endless 3,000 metre peaks. Marmot spotting is also a fun activity whilst on the high alpine road, where you can see plenty of the furry little alpine animals roaming around in their natural habitats. Keep an eye out for eagles too!
For Another Perspective
If you'd really like to go on an adventure, why not try a sunrise tour along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road? It's such a fun and exhilarating experience that offers a totally different perspective of the mountain pass and the surrounding national park. Whether your mode of transport is by car or perhaps by motorbike, it's an experience you'll be sure to never forget. We enjoy the sunrise tours on the High Alpine Road so much that we do multiple tours literally every season. As our guests, we can give you our top tips of how best to execute a sunrise tour on the high Alpine Road, and where the best places are to stop and take in the views with a fresh cup of coffee and breakfast. If you'd like to read more about our Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse sunrise adventures, take a look at our 'Sunrise Tour on the High Alpine Road' blog article. It's sure to get you packing your bags!
If you're an avid cyclist, why not take part in the famous Glocknerkönig competition; an internationally recognised cycling event in which cyclists compete with the Grossglockner High Alpine Road as their course. The cycling event starts in our town of Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse, and takes place every June. It's an open event in which amateurs, professionals and hobby cyclists can all take part. All you need is a bicycle (owned or rented), determination, and a great deal of stamina!
To cater for all levels, competitors can sign up to different categories. The most challenging option is the Glocknerkönig Ultra Trail, which requires a 1,815m climb over 28.9km to the Edelweiss Spitze peak from Bruck. The Glocknerkönig Classic option is slightly easier, with a vertical climb of 1,694m over 27.3km, and the Light option only requires a climb of 1,330m over 12.8km. More information including exact dates and rates can be found on their website here.