Grossglockner High Alpine Road

This pass is a strong candidate for the best road in the world. Grossglockner is Austria’s highest paved road, and it is absolutely phenomenal! The completely sealed road has 36 hairpin turns and a peak elevation of 2,504m. This is another road which is only open in the summer months and during daylight hours. The surface of the road has been extremely well maintained, and has been the smoothest road I have driven so far. The road is wide and quite reminiscent of a racing track! This is another road which is subject to a daily toll of €36 Euros for cars and €26 Euros for motorcycles. It might seem like a hefty toll, but it is definitely worth it and you can traverse it all day long! The scenery of the pass is spectacular, although I didn’t have clear weather on the day which hampered the views. The only downside of this pass is the weather, it’s quite hard to get good weather at the top. When I was planning this journey, typically there was 1 day a week with clear weather. If you are planning to do this pass, have a flexible itinerary as the weather can be quite wet in this region. Grossglockner is one of Austria’s most popular tourist attractions, but surprisingly the traffic is not as heavy as you would expect. I was able to get a few clear runs despite driving this pass on a Saturday, which is supposed to be one of the most busiest days. This road was so much fun and has been the best driving road by far. It’s also not often you find a good road which is also long, this has been one of the lengthiest passes, the best section of the pass is 35kms long! Do not miss driving this road, it’s an absolute amazing experience and I’m sceptical there can be an even better road.

Speed: 80 kph

Traffic: Minor

Length: 35 kms

Overtaking: Ample overtaking opportunities

Direction: Towards Ferleiten

Toll:  €36 Cars, €26 Motorcycles (Day Pass)