[well]Grossglockner Quick Facts

  • Tallest mountain in Austria
  • Reaches a summit of 12,461 feet (3,798 m)
  • Prominence measures 7,949 feet (2,423 m)
  • Ranked second in the Alps based on prominence
  • Sepp and Martin Klotz were the first to make the ascent



Grossglockner is the tallest mountain in Austria. The mountain summit reaches a peak of 12,461 feet (3,798 m). Prominence is set at 7,929 feet (2,423 m). Speaking further on statistical significance, it is highest mountain in the Alps east of the Brenner Pass. It is home to Pasterze, which is the country’s most extended glacier.

Grossglockner is part of the Glockner Group of the Hohe Tauern mountain range. This is part of the primary ridge of the central eastern Alps. It has the 2nd most significant topographic isolation of mountains in the Alps, bested only by Mont Blanc. The prominence of Grossglockner is also second in the entire Alps also topped by Mont Blanc. Collectively, this isolates it as one of the most independent summits in the entire Alps.

The mountain is described as a pyramid shaped mountain featuring a saddle-like formation between two peaks. The two peaks or pinnacles of the mountain are Grossglockner and Kleinglockner. Kleingockner is lower at 12,370 feet (3,770 m). The saddle like feature between the two peaks is called Glocknerscharte.

The name is believed to be taken from the German word “Glocke” which translates to mean “bell.” Sepp and Martin Klotz were the first to summit the mountain in July 1800.

Where is Grossglockner

The Grossglockner is found on the border of the Austrian states of Carinthia and Tyrol. It is part of the protected area within the High Tauern National Park.

The coordinates of Grossglockner are: 47°04′29.52″ N and 12°41′42.9″ E

Best Ways to See and Experience Grossglockner

Visitors or climbers who make it to the summit of Grossglockner will find one of the furthest views in the eastern Alps. It is also one of the most aesthetically pleasing views as well.

Climbing or trekking Grossglockner is best way to experience the mountain in its fullness. The majority of ascents start in Kals. As tourism has grown around the mountain ascending the mountain on skis has become more popular. Trekking and climbing during the summer months remains the more popular engagement of the mountain.

One of the best ways to see Grossglockner and the surrounding Alpine region is by driving the Alpine Road known as GroBglockner-HochalpenstraBe. The road travels between Heiligenblut to Bruck in Salzburg and features a turn out towards the Franz-Josefs-Hohe lookout. This is the highest road in Austria reaching a height of 8,451 feet (2,576 m). Almost 1 million visitors experience this Alpine pass annually making it one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.

Best Times to Explore Grossglockner

The summer months of June through August are the best months explore the mountain. It is an alpine mountain and temperatures can get rather cold. The winter months are good for skiing in the area.

Grossglockner Travel Tips

There are more travel tips on the mountain coming soon. If you represent a travel service in the area or the Austrian Tourism Board or travel professional, we welcome your insights and suggestions.