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AMAZING HIGH MOUNTAINS

AMAZING HIGH MOUNTAINS Calling the Grossglockner High Alpine Road a romantic scenic road would be inappropriate. It is too impressive for that and also high – almost breathtakingly high. Nothing for laggards, but for all, who want to know how really thin air gets above 2,500 metres. And for those, who want to be very close to the highest mountain in Austria. 10 Beforehand: Different rules prevail in the high mountains. Romance gives way to purism. It is barren up there; the long winter and the icy temperatures leave the road only late in the spring. A metre-high snow walls – milled from the road in a week-long work by brave men – greets the first tourist of the year. The surrounding three-thousanders are often covered in snow for the whole year. If there are summerlike temperatures in the valley, there can be an icy breeze on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. In cooperation with the ÖAMTC, ON THE WAY TO THE GLACIER the highest road It is the terrific world of the ibexes, the chamois and the Alpinists. safety training of the Alps for And all those lucky people, who have very comfortably climbed bikers is offered up turn after turn to the Edelweiss-Spitze with its 2,571 metres or here. Also for to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe with its 2,369 metres. non-members. Those who have set out for a journey on the Grossglockner (www.oeamtc.at/ High Alpine Road, are set out for a trip through the climate and fahrtechnik) vegetation zones up to the Arctic: From the evergreen coniferous forest, through the mountain tundra and the moors right to the lichen tundra and the glacier. Here in these allegedly barren nature, there are hidden treasures, which are extremely rare also in the Alps: The warm temperatures not only bring out the cute and no longer shy marmots out of their burrow but also the entire nature seems to be exploding. As if it exactly knows how little time it has. As short as the summer is.

The Fuscher Wegscheid at 2,427 metres above sea level is part of the beautiful panoramic sections between Mittertörl and Hochtor. GROSSGLOCKNER HIGH ALPINE ROAD VISUAL SCHOOL OF NATURE Thousands of animal species, many of which are strictly protected, find a pristine and safe habitat in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Some of them like golden eagle, bearded vulture or the Apollo butterfly can be seen with a little luck. The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is a true “visual school of the high mountain nature”. The exhibitions along the road – like for example in the “Haus Alpine Naturschau” including Marmot Cinema or the Schöneck Naturschau emphasise on them more with its splendid Glockner Meadows. The marmots, who were almost extinct in the Alps 150 years ago, are one of the favourite companions. 11 HOHE TAUERN NATIONAL PARK The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is 48 kilometres long and has over 36 turns: Once it goes right across the Hohe Tauern National Park, one of the biggest nature conservation areas in the mid-Europe. Yet the road is much older than the park: The road was opened in 1935, the national park exists since 1981. Due to the continuous efforts of the architects and the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrassen AG, to incorporate the road as carefully as possible in the sensitive environment of the high mountains, there is priceless association.