Rating 5

Adrenaline 85%

Road Type Mountain Pass

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road, also the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria, is one of the most scenic drives you can find in Europe.

This popular driving road in the Eastern Alps can be crowded with tourists on a sunny summer day. If you are in the search for maximum driving pleasure and empty roads we recommend getting there early morning, even as early as 5 or 6 when it opens and you can avoid the busy tourist traffic.

The drive is not complete before you have to been to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2369 m), the location of the Pasterze Glacier. With plenty of parking spaces at the top, both outdoor and in a multi-storey parking garage, take your time to relax and enjoy the views. The route also takes you up on the Hochtor Pass (2504 m) with incredible sweeping corners through picture perfect Austrian landscapes.

You pay a €34 fee per car at the toll booth to drive the Grossglockner High Alpine Road (motorbike €24), but after you have finished your drive you know it was money well spent. Landscapes this beautiful, combined with a very good road surface, are not that easy to find. Not even in Europe!

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