At its highest point the road, named as one of the most stunning driving experiences in the world, is 8,215ft above sea level and runs across the base of the Grossglockner
, Austria's highest mountain.
They pop over to Vienna, coincidentally the patisserie capital of the world, ending up on top of the very biker friendly Grossglockner
About 35 km farther east, the Rauristal runs about 25 km from the heights of the Grossglockner
Pass to meet the Salzach at the village of Taxenbach.
being something of an Austrian Chamonix--it lies in the shadow of the Grossglockner
, Austria's highest mountain--so Heiligenblut is a magnet for serious climbers as well as skiers and boarders.
It did them proud and they crossed seven countries with no problems, even when tackling the Grossglockner
in the Austrian Alps, the highest road possible to drive by car.
While visiting the Grossglockner
Glacier several years ago, we were told by resident scientists that the glacier had receded far beyond what it had ever been prior to man inhabiting Europe.
Other classic alpine excursions within reach are the two mountain reservoirs in the shadow of the Kitzsteinhorn, trips along the Grossglockner
Hochalpen-strasse, which crosses the Hohe Tauern Mountains to the south, and the magnificent Krimml waterfalls to the west.
Austria, Carinthia, Grossglockner
1700 m, pitfall trap, 1978, leg.
Margaret, of Crathie Close, Wyken, said: "This was taken in Austria last Thursday up at the Grossglockner
Glacier, about 2,800 metres above sea level.
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During the same period the Grossglockner
Hochalpenstrasse, designed by Franz Wallack, not only improved the transport network but made possible alpine tourism.
The luxury Silver Service coach, with a lounge for socialising, has an overnight stay in France before stops at Lake Como, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Sorrento, Mount Etna, Syracuse, Rome and the spectacular Grossglockner