Overviewgeographical classification: Eastern Alps > Hohe Tauern > Glockner Group
The mountain Grossglockner is the highest, the most important and some say the prettiest mountain of Austria and therefore it is a symbol of Austria as it is Matterhorn for Switzerland. It is also the climax of its mountain group called Glockner Group, that forms not the biggest, but the most important part of the Hohe Tauern Range.
But besides the mountain Grossglockner itself there are many other attractions for tourists, hikers and climbers in his area:
• The hydroelectric power station of Kaprun with its reservoir lakes and dams attracts thousands of tourists a year and give the basis for climbs for example of the Grosses Wiesbachhorn
• The ski resort of Kaprun was the first one in Austria on a glacier
• The pay road Grossglockner Hochalpenstraße allows drivers and motorbikers to come close to the mountains and glaciers
• The Pasterze glacier is still the longest in Austria
History of alpinism in the eastern alps started mainly at Grossglockner and its group.
In order to avoid double info I will concentrate here on Information that is not already on the Grossglockner page
The Group lies between the Granatspitz Group west, the Goldberg Group east and the Schober Group south. To the north the Salzach valley separates it from the Kitzbühel Alps and the Salzburg slate Alps.
In politic manner the Group is part of the Austrian states (“Bundeslaender) of Salzburg (full north side), Tyrol (south west side) and Carinthia (south east side). The three states do not meet at Grossglockner (because Glockner ridge spreads into the south side) but at Eiskoegele (3438 m)
„Official“ boundaries are:
- the river Salzach
- the valley of Rauris and the Seidlwinkltal to the Hochtor (highpoint of the pay road)
- the Tauernbach creek to Heiligenblut, the River Möll,
- the Leiterbach creek and the Moosbach creek to the Peischlachtoerl pass
- the Peischlachbach creek to Kals, the Kalser Bach river, the Dorfertal valley, Kalser Tauern pass
- the Stubachtal valley
Valleys for giving access to the mountains are
• from north the valleys of Stubach, Kaprun, Fusch and Rauris
• from south the valleys of Kals and of the river Moell to Heiligenblut.