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Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road

Zell am See - Hochtor Grossglockner - Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe - Lienz

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Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road ACTIVATE MAP Stages3 km108 h/stage0.8

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road in Alps?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 54EUR drive & more 13EUR sleep & more 77EUR eat & more 72EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 162EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 216EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 72EUR drive & more 25EUR sleep & more 143EUR eat & more 108EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 276EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 348EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 153EUR drive & more 25EUR sleep & more 220EUR eat & more 144EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 389EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 542EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 225EUR drive & more 25EUR sleep & more 55EUR eat & more 72EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 152EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 377EUR
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Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road Itinerary

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Austrian Alps with the Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road. This road trip starts in the city of Zell am See and ends in the city of Lienz, covering a distance of approximately 108 kilometers. Along the way, you will traverse the majestic Hochtor Grossglockner, Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe, and many more spectacular attractions. The best time of the year to drive this route is during the summer months, when you can take in the stunning mountain views and lush green valleys. The road conditions are excellent, so you can enjoy a safe ride with peace of mind. This road trip provides a very high level of experience and memories, and is suitable for every driver, no matter the skill level. You can also manage the trip with a moderate budget. So, get ready to take in the beauty of the Austrian Alps and enjoy an unforgettable journey.
number of days 1 number of days
route length 108 km route length
budget fair budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the right traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level

START Zell am See

Distance 108 km Driving time 2.3 h Pace: modest 28.1 kWh Airports SZG
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Zell am See, located in the Austrian state of Salzburg, is an ideal starting point for the 'Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road' road trip. The town is nestled snugly in the Salzach valley, surrounded by the majestic Hohe Tauern mountain range. Zell am See is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with its picture-perfect lake, ski slopes and numerous walking trails. The lake is the perfect place for a refreshing dip, or you can take a boat trip to the nearby Schmittenhöhe mountain. For those travelling by air, the closest international airport is Salzburg Airport (SZG), from where car rental is available. From Salzburg Airport, Zell am See is a mere 70 km away and can be reached in under an hour. Once in Zell am See, you can take the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria's highest mountain pass road, or visit the Schmittenhöhe gondola station. From here, you can look out over the lake and the surrounding mountains. Other popular attractions in Zell am See include the Zell am See-Kaprun ski area, the Zeller See promenade, the Zeller See Adventure Park and the Zell am See-Kaprun Golf Course. The town also has many churches, including the 13th century St. Hippolyte's Church and the 16th century St. Hippolyte's Chapel. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Zell am See, you can be sure of an unforgettable experience. With its picturesque surroundings, activities and attractions, it is the perfect starting point for a road trip on the 'Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road'.

1 Zell am See - Hochtor Grossglockner

Distance 39 km Driving time 0.9 h Pace: modest 10.2 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready to explore the breathtaking scenery of Austria? Start your journey in Zell am See and drive through the stunning landscape of Salzburg to reach Hochtor Grossglockner. This 39 km long journey will take you less than an hour to complete. This road trip offers an unforgettable experience with its picturesque views, lush green meadows and sparkling lakes. Enjoy the majestic views of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the highest mountain range in Austria. Stop at the picturesque villages of Piesendorf, Mittersill and Königsleiten to get a glimpse of the local culture and history. As you drive along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, you will be mesmerized by the snow-capped peaks of the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner. At the end of your journey, you will reach Hochtor Grossglockner, the highest mountain pass in Austria. Do not miss out on the attractions along the way, such as the Krimml Waterfalls, the Schmittenhöhe ski resort, the Kaprun reservoir and the Nationalparkzentrum Hohe Tauern. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants and campsites along the route, please check the “Itinerary” of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

2 Hochtor Grossglockner - Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe

Distance 15 km Driving time 0.4 h Pace: slow 3.3 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the amazing road trip stage from Hochtor Grossglockner to Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe! This is one of the most beautiful and exciting stages of a larger tour, with a total distance of 15km and a driving time of less than 1 hour. In Hochtor Grossglockner, you can visit the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner, and its Pasterze Glacier. You can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the Hohe Tauern National Park and the surrounding mountains. Continuing on, you will reach Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe, where you can admire the magnificent views of the Grossglockner and the Pasterze Glacier. You can also visit the Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Höhe Visitor Center, which offers interesting information about the area and its history. We invite you to explore this amazing road trip stage and its attractions. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

3 Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe - Lienz

Distance 54 km Driving time 1.0 h Pace: modest 14.0 kWh View map Itinerary
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Welcome to the road trip stage from Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe to Lienz! This route offers a great opportunity to explore the stunning Austrian landscape while visiting some of the most interesting places in the area. With a distance of 54 km and a driving time of less than an hour, you can take your time to admire the views and explore the area. The first stop is Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe, situated at the foot of the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria. Here you can enjoy some of the most breathtaking mountain views in the country and visit the Franz-Josef-Höhe monument, dedicated to the emperor who opened the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. The next stop is Kals, a charming mountain village where you can find a number of attractions, such as the Kalser Burg and the Kalser Bach Waterfall. Here you can also take a cable car up to the summit of the Großglockner and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding area. The final stop is Lienz, a small city situated in the heart of the Austrian Alps. Here you can explore the old town and visit the Lienz Castle. In Lienz you can also find a variety of restaurants and cafes, as well as a number of outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. So what are you waiting for? Get ready for an unforgettable road trip from Kaiser Franz-Josef-Höhe to Lienz and explore the best of the Austrian Alps! For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage.

  Lienz

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Lienz is a picturesque town located in the East Tyrol region of Austria. It is situated at the end of the Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road, an incredible journey that takes travelers through some of the most spectacular alpine views in the country. The town itself has plenty to offer visitors, including the Schloss Bruck Castle, the old town hall, and the St. Jakob Church. Visitors can also take a stroll through the picture-perfect streets of the city, appreciating its unique blend of old and modern architecture. For those looking for outdoor activities, there are numerous hiking and biking trails in the area, as well as the nearby Zettersfeld ski area. Lienz is also home to a number of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars, making it a great place to enjoy a meal and a few drinks after a long day of exploring. For those traveling to Lienz by air, the closest international airport is Innsbruck Airport (INN), which is located approximately 90 kilometers away. From there, travelers can arrange to rent a car or take a shuttle to the town. For those looking for a memorable road trip through some of the most stunning alpine scenery, the Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road is the perfect choice, and Lienz is the perfect endpoint. The journey offers travelers a chance to explore the best that Austria has to offer, and Lienz is the perfect place to end the trip with its picturesque streets, great restaurants and outdoor activities.

Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road at a glance

We believe that the presented journey idea has become a superb inspiration for your future travels.
It is a ready-made option that can be conveniently turned into a longer tour – you’re limited only by your creativity.
If travelling by car is your plan when exploring highlights around Alps, there are a number of essential traffic regulations to follow and a number of things to keep in mind to make your trip smooth and safe. These tips will also become useful for tourists who opt for renting a vehicle or renting a camper.
In Alps, there are a number of road regulations to be remembered while on a trip. When moving around Alps in a car, try avoiding alcoholic beverages. Tourists ought to remember that the legal alcohol limit for drivers is extremely low and amounts to only 0.5‰. The maximum speed around the city streets is 50km/h. Never exceed the maximum allowed speed of 100km/h when travelling in rural areas. You can drive at the permissible speed of 130km/h on motorways in Alps. Driving with your headlights on at daytime and equipping your car with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit increases the safety of you and your passengers.
The majority of travellers are also interested in the travel expenses of the whole road trip. Depending on the needs of the travellers, the amount of money that you have to spend may differ. A wide range of budget options is showed below.
If you’d like to benefit from the budget option to cover the planned 4 stages while travelling around Alps, it can be roughly 13 EUR. Economy accommodation options may cost tourists around 77 EUR. Those who want to benefit from this option will spend around 72 EUR on restaurants and food. Travellers will have to pay about 54 EUR if they are interested in the cheapest rental car offer as well. Thus, you can expect the travel expenses to be about 162 EUR without car rental and 216 EUR with car hire.
When it comes to the standard offer, you have to spend the maximum of 25 EUR on the gasoline needed to cover the tour. Cost amounting to 143 EUR can be expected by all holidaymakers who are looking for standard overnight stays. Holidaymakers can expect that the standard option in terms of food and restaurants will cost about 108 EUR. Travellers who want to cover the trip in a standard hire vehicle can expect a cost of approximately 72 EUR. Drivers who would like to rent a car will pay approximately 348 EUR for the whole trip, whereas those who are not interested in vehicle hire will spend more or less 276 EUR.
The available premium offer has been prepared for the most demanding tourists. The whole estimated cost of the Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road in this versions of services is 542 EUR with vehicle hire and 276 EUR without a rental car. Travellers who would like to cover the trip in a premium hire vehicle can expect a cost of roughly 153 EUR. When it comes to the premium version of the tour, the fuel cost will be up to approximately 25 EUR. Holidayers who will go for top services in all aspects of their itinerary should expect to pay about 144 EUR for restaurants and food and about 220 EUR for accommodation options.
Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road will also become interesting for all camper lovers. When it comes to this travel means, you will pay up to approximately 225 EUR. If you are wondering about the fuel costs for the whole itinerary, they will amount to more or less 25 EUR. You should expect to pay more or less 72 EUR for expenses connected with food and around 55 EUR for overnight stays if you are searching for camper rental.
The section Road Trip Costs shows all the above-mentioned details in a straightforward manner.
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Facts for safer driving in Alps

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.5
max speed urban max speed urban 50 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 100 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 130 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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