The Großglockner is Austria's highest mountain at 3,798 meters and offers many superlatives. Beneath its mighty peak the Pasterze Glacier spreads out and the famous Hochalpenstrasse attracts numerous visitors every year. But you don't always have to climb it, you can also walk around the striking peak and admire it from all sides. A wonderful way to experience the unique nature of the Hohe Tauern National Park.
In seven stages, the about 100 kilometers long Glockner Round Trail leads you over scenic high altitude paths, to picturesque alpine pastures and dreamlike lakes. Some sections are challenging, and some passages are secured with a rope. For this you will be rewarded with fascinating views of the Grossglockner and the surrounding mountain world. The starting point of the long-distance hiking trail is at the Mooserboden reservoir. From there you hike through the impressive landscape of the National Park, where you can meet ibex and groundhogs. Turquoise mountain lakes and clear streams along the way offer you not only countless photo motives but also refreshing resting places. You spend the nights either in rustic huts or in idyllic mountain villages like Kals. Through three provinces - Tyrol, Carinthia and Salzburg - you will travel around the striking summit of the Grossglockner until you reach your destination at the top station of the Kaprun Glacier Cableways.
For the ascent of the Glockner Round Trail, alpine experience, sure-footedness and a good physical condition for the sometimes long stages are necessary. I also recommend that you bring hiking poles for the long descents and pay attention to snow fields that can last long into the summer. For the fifth and sixth stage you can choose between two variants: Either you hike from the Salm hut via the traditional Glocknerhaus to Fusch (5a and 6a) or you choose the path via the idyllic village of Heiligenblut (5b and 6b). From Kaprun you reach the starting point at Mooserboden with the post bus line 660, which takes you to the valley station of the Laerchenwald lift, which takes you up to the reservoir. The end point of the seventh stage is also reached by the post bus line 660.
You can find more information on the bus connections at salzburg-verkehr.at/downloads/regionalbus-660-zell-am-see-kaprun-kitzsteinhorn.
The first stage of the Glockner tour in the Hohe Tauern starts at the Mooserboden reservoir. You walk over the 107-meter-high and almost 500-meter-long dam, which holds back incredible amounts of water. Along the shimmering blue lake it goes towards Kapruner Törl. The ascent is partly steep, but it pays off with dreamy high mountain views. At over 2,600 meters, the route takes you over stone and scree fields, surefootedness is absolutely necessary here.
From the Törl you can already see down to the Übelkar, into which a well-developed path leads. Past the Lower Rifflkees you hike to Tauernmoossee, another impressive reservoir. It is only a short distance from the southern bank to your today's destination, the Rudolfshütte. The modern mountain hotel is idyllically located on the crystal-clear Weißsee and leaves nothing to be desired.
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