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Grossglockner from Salzburg

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Grossglockner from Salzburg

Want to do Grossglockner from Salzburg, also covering Innsbruck. What is the best way to do this, what are the must dos on the way?

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1. Re: Grossglockner from Salzburg

We went to the Grossglockner in a day and back, from Salzburg. There would not be time to fit in a trip to Innsbruck (which, by the way, is not nearly as nice as Salzburg). We hired a car and had a great trip. We did a wonderful circuit and returned over the Hochalpenstrasse.

What time of year would you be doing the trip, as the road is not open in the winter months?

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we are planning to get there in June

where in Salzburg did you stay?

how did you plan your day?

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3. Re: Grossglockner from Salzburg

June is a great time to go because you get longer hours of daylight. We always stay just outside the city in Aigen. We looked at the map and decided what would be an interesting route. If you'd like the precise route I can let you know either here or in a private message. We made sure we had lunch in Heiligenblut which is a beautiful village just below the Grossglockner.

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Is it better to have a taxi hired to go to Grossglockner or one

should rent a car to go there.

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Hello LizR

Would you mind sharing your Grossglockner route? We plan on making the same trip and are grateful to learn from your experience.

Thanks!

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6. Re: Grossglockner from Salzburg

:( :(

Decided to not go to Austria now

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7. Re: Grossglockner from Salzburg

To veneziagurl

Here is the route we took. It was a long full day trip but it was wonderful.

We always stay just south of Salzburg in a suburb called Aigen so we got on the A10 Autobahn a little further south but you can join it wherever is convenient to you.

A10 Autobahn (in the direction of Villach but you'll get off it much sooner than Villach). This route will take you through some wonderful scenery and through what is known as the Salzach gap. You'll see Hohenwerfen castle on its hill. You leave the A10 at Bischofshofen and join the B311. You stay on this road for quite a while until it turns into the B168 and you head for a small village called Felben. Here you will make a left turn onto the Felbertauernstrasse. This will take you south and there's a lengthy tunnel on this road. Once out of the tunnel the road name changes to the B108. Lovely scenery along here too. The B108 will take you all the way to Lienz. This is not far from the Italian border and you can see the beginning of the Dolomite mountains. We didn't stop in Lienz because we wanted to have lunch in Heiligenblut and I recommend this highly.

At Lienz you need to take the road to Winklern. You drive through the centre and join B107a which then becomes the B107 which will take you all the way up to Heiligenblut. This is probably the prettiest village in Europe. From Heiligenblut you can take the road up to the glacier. The buildings at the Glacier are not pretty but the mountain is spectacular. You then come back down the same road but turn left off before reaching Heiligenblut. This is the L271 or Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse and will take you up over the top with stunning scenery. This L271 will take you all the way back down to to Pichl and Bruck where you rejoin the B311, turning right back towards Bischofshofen and you then rejoin the A10 back to Salzburg.

An alternative, if you wanted to make the journey shorter, would be to leave the B311 and take the L271 (Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse) at Bruck/Pichl and go directly over the top to Heiligenblut and the glacier. You'd then simply retrace your route back. But we wanted to see a bit of the Dolomite scenery which is why we did the longer "loop."

Hope this has been helpful.

To raul00, it would be best to hire a car and drive yourself rather than taking a taxi.

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8. Re: Grossglockner from Salzburg

LizR - these directions are FANTASTIC! Thank you for being so thorough, and so helpful.

I really appreciate the time and the effort you put into describing the details of the trip.

We're really looking forward to our vacation and the scenery, and it sounds like this will be another beautiful day!

Thanks again!

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