30 OFF TO THE SOUTH The federal road 168 with its smooth curves leads along the Salzach valley to the west. The panorama is splendid - the mountain peak of the Kitzbühel Alps on the right side and the white crown of the Grossvenediger mountain range on the left. The Grossglockner regions that developed during the previous ice age period belong to the core zone of the Hohe Tauern National Park. This is the area, in which the nature is allowed to develop freely and untouched. Mittersill 4 , the headquarters of the national park centre, emerges. The little town was always an important traffic junction for two routes, which are important even today – the east-west-direction through the Salzach valley and the north-south-connection through both the passes Thurn and Felbertauern. In Mittersill, the federal road 108 forks at a right angle from the Salzach valley to the south. Better known as the Felbertauern road, it connects Salzach with the Drau valley since 1967 at a length of 65 kilometres. Wide and furnished with the perfect coating, driving the car and riding a bike on the Felbertauern road is a pure pleasure. We casually stride across the long drawn curves and can calmly enjoy the mountain panoramas that pass by. Like a saw the road bottles up in the mountains behind, the valley becomes narrower, its edges become steeper. Tunnels and galleries protect against rockfall and avalanches. The Felbertauern road leads from the core zone of the national park to the so-called outer zone and
Drive from Ferleiten through the wonderful larch forests with the view of Pfandlscharte. TOUR 1 further to East Tyrol. There the traditional management of the nature by the mountain farmers is allowed however all the huge technical projects are prohibited. In Matrei 5 we visit the National Park House. GROSSGLOCKNER HIGH ALPINE ROAD 31 MEDITERRANEAN FLAIR The previous curves of the Felbertauern road bring us down to Lienz 6 . Mediterranean wind blows here. After Lienz we follow the federal road 100 for a more couple of kilometres in order to turn to the Puster valley high mountain road 7 . The narrow, twisty little mountain road of 20 kilometres curls along the northern slope of the valley. Shortly after the village of Strassen we set the indicator to the left, pass through the Lesachtal and get the Gailbergsattel 8 in sight. Its basic parametres: 981 metres high, four serpentine roads in the south, ten in the northern side, a well-developed road. The consequences: Good overview, swift pace, pure driving pleasure. The following Drau valley is quickly crossed and we turn to the B 107 around five kilometres before Lienz, which brings us quickly and windingly to the 1,209-metres-high Iselsberg and into the Möll valley to Winklern 9 . The toll tower that was built in 1325 is a landmark of this historic city. Along the Möll we again go in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Majestically the white peaks are protruding in the sky. And it is there again immediately: The fascination, which has been with us continuously through this route through the Hohe Tauern National Park. For Matrei in East Tyrol, a detour in the Gschlöss valley is worth it, the most beautiful location in Tyrol 2015.
1 Diverse tour through the DOBRATSC
GROSSGLOCKNER 3.798 m JOHANNISBERG
OLPERER 3.476 m GERLOSPASS 1.628 m