Grossglockner High Alpine Street .. Austria

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by philofax, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. philofax

    philofax lifetime noob on wheels

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    A day off. I had to work on the weekend, so i got free days this week. Living 39
    years in Bavaria, so i have been a few hundred times in Austria but never have
    been to the famous "Grossglockner" and the "Hochalpenstrasse" going through
    this wonderful Landscape. So i decided to spent a day and 18.- EUR. Yes, it's
    18.- EUR to use the road. Till today i was not sure if this could be worth it.

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    Now i got my Sticker. In other words, i've been there, rode the street 2 times
    and i would do it again.

    Starting yesterday morning at 0800h and it was foggy on my way to the alps.

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    but after a few kilometers, when reaching Bayrischzell, it clears up and i was
    sure, this will be a fine, sunny day.

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    long story short ... rode through the "Wilder Kaiser" Region (Wild Emperor) to
    the Toll Boothes of the Grossglockner, paid my 18.- EUR (second ride in the
    same year for 4.- EUR) and started to see the Grossglockner and the dead
    end at "Franz-Josef-Haus".

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    note the ADV Patch on the Sleeve ... ;) ok .. thank you.
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  2. philofax

    philofax lifetime noob on wheels

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    High Alpine Street .. whats that about? Just a road over a mountain?

    Yes. But to ride from the Tollbooth (where i payed my 18.- EUR) to
    Franz-Josef-Haus and to the exit in "Heiligenblut" (something like
    Holy Blood) and then back to the start, is 100 km of winding roads,
    hairpins, great scenery and pure fun.

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    ok, less cars would be more fun. i have no idea what kind
    of traffic jam there will be on a sunny sunday afternoon.

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  3. philofax

    philofax lifetime noob on wheels

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    you can see two small lakes where the road goes. now follow the road and you
    can see a small dark spot on the picture. a real tiny black hole .. (not this kind
    of, dude). this is a tunnel (fuschertoerl) and not the end of the street. when
    passing the tunnel u are getting to the south side of the grossglockner street
    and to the franz-josef-haus.

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    on the southside more wonderful winding roads and you can go to the mentioned
    franz-josef-haus with the glacier (or whats left of it)

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  4. zadok

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    Awesome riding roads.:D
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  5. KTM_Duke-Of-Hazards

    KTM_Duke-Of-Hazards n00b

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    Wow, great pics, and thats an understatement.

    Absolutely incredible!! keep em coming :)

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  6. philofax

    philofax lifetime noob on wheels

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    as i reached the exit point at Heiligenblut, i decided not to go to another pass
    near grossglockner, it wanted to ride it again. the ticket allows riding untill last
    in at 18:00h and spending 18,- EUR for oneway is stupid.

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    of course bought a souvenir at the "bikers nest". a sticker saying "CAUTION
    MARMOTS Grossglockner 3798 m" (12460 feet).

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    This is the gps showing at the resting area "bikers nest" (8448 feet)

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    and after a day of riding i headed home ...

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    odometer check when arriving in munich


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    the end... ;)
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  7. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    Looks different with cows and no snow, thanks for the photos. I don't remember a toll both on the north side but I wouldn't have stopped since I paid at the south side.
    Jim
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  8. Hair

    Hair Outside the boxer

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    A ride with a view. :thumb
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  9. juan74

    juan74 Adventurer

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    That's fantastic. We rode it last summer and it was fantastic. There was a little too much car and bus traffic, but still, great. Great pictures.
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  10. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Well done w/ the pix.

    Wish the bridge was finished so I could ride my GS over & so those great riding areas.
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    Flying dutch Adventures

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  12. kopeli

    kopeli moto-traveler

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    Very nice pictures,thank you for sharing.
    This June I am planing to visit the Grossglockner place and I hope to engoy it like you did.

    Keep on riding.
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