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62 According to the

62 According to the legend a Carinthian dairymaid had hanged a consecrated bell to the fence: Since then no weather witch has dared to cross Schiestlscharte. gates of Innerkrems and Ebene Reichenau through the “Nocken”. That is the name for dome-like and the grassy peaks, which rise like green table mountain from the ground. The first stop is the Biosphere Reserve Centre in Nockalmhof on “Reidn” 10: Then we turn up to the highest point of the road at a leisurely pace, the 2,042-metres-high Eisentalhöhe. The numerous exhibitions and theme trails take place along the route. On the 2,024-metres-high Schiestlscharte you should definitely ring the legendary Wunschglocke (wishing bell), before you reach civilisation in Ebene Reichenau again. QUICKLY THROUGH STYRIA The journey almost seamlessly continues in a northward direction to cross the Turracher Höhe Pass (1,795 m) 4 . Couple of turns uphill, couple of turns downhill, the remaining are round, even curves. The parking area on the Turracher lake is a perfect spot for a break: From here to Predlitz, for eleven kilometres we are on Styrian soil, before we go further to Salzburg. We turn through the Mur valley across Tamsweg till Mauterndorf, where we turn towards north to the federal road 99. We cross the Radstädter Tauern Pass with the winter sports resort in Obertauern and then reach the Pongau district in Salzburg. Through Altenmarkt and Wagrain we arrive in the little town St. Johann and further to Bischofshofen. From the Eisentalhöhe (2,042 m) the pace is quick downhill in the southern direction.

There awaits the next driving treat – the crossing of the Dienten Sattel 5 at the feet of the mighty Hochkönig mountain. The East-west direction fits perfectly as the eastern side has more curves and a higher gradient. The entire route comes with a pleasure factor. In the lower section the journey goes through fast turns on non-slip tarmac, followed by the first groups of bends leading up the Dienten Sattel. In the little town of Dienten we detour in the southern direction and reach the Salzach valley in Lend. From here we have two alternatives for the return journey. The first across the Bruck back to the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. ALTERNATIVE THROUGH THE GASTEIN VALLEY The second variant brings us back through the Gastein valley to the starting point. The speciality of this route is the Tauernschleuse 6 , where cars and motorbikes are loaded on the trains. With the train it goes from Böckstein to Mallnitz. The trains run every half hour, the travel time is a few minutes. One who decides to opt for the second option, enjoys the Gastein valley with its world-famous Spa resort Bad Gastein 7 , where Kaiser Wilhelm I., Kaiser Franz Joseph I., Sisi and Bismarck have already taken treatment. In Obervellach we turn into the already known Möll valley and head back to the Glockner region through Rangersdorf and Grosskirchheim. With the constant up and down the Nockalm road leads to the soft turns through the UNESCO- Biosphere Reserve Nockberge. NOCKALM ROAD TOUR 3 63