Road Trip Through Switzerland - Italy - Austria - 9

Grossglockner - Austria's Highest Mountain & Pasterze Glacier

....continued from 'Part 8'

The next day, after staying overnight around Lienz - Austria, we planned on visiting the 'Grossglockner' mountain, which is close to Lienz and is said to be the highest mountain of Austria. It's really worth it, to drive up to this mountain, as it offers breathtaking views, as you drive up the mountain. Apart from that, there's also this glacier called 'Pasterze glacier' around this mountain. In the summer time, you can hike/walk around this place, which I highly recommend (as it's pretty interesting to walk all around the glacier and on high mountains, with great views)..and if I get a chance again, I would definitely do a long hiking/biking trip, around this place.

After starting off from Lienz, it took around half an hour, to reach a place called 'Heiligenblut', which when translated to English, literally means (Holy Blood). I don't really know the reason behind the naming, but it's a picturesque place, located in the valley, between the Alps mountains. There's also this church with high tower, which when looked from far off, looks beautiful...and looks like a postcard picture. Here are some pics, from around that place:

From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


After reaching 'Heiligenblut' and staying around that place for short time, we drove ahead to the 'Grossglockner' mountain and stopped at a checkpoint, where you have to pay 28 Yoyos to use the road to the top of the highest mountain of Austria. 28 Euros is too much, for a short stretch of road, but on the flip side, it looks like this route serves only/mostly for touristic purposes and I guess, it is built specifically for that. Anyways, it's normal coz Austria and Switzerland rely pretty much on the tourism sector and get good enough money from tourism.

Below is a video of me, driving to the top of the mountain:



Below are some pics that I shot, on the way to the top (we also stopped by, at many points, on the way to Grossglockner):

From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


In the below pics, you can also see the 'Grossglockner' mountain, from far off:

From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


And...more pics:

From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


And below is a video, that I shot, when we stopped by at some view point, before reaching the main point, around the glacier:



In the below pic, look at the long tunnel, that was built inside the mountain:

From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


After that, we reached the point around the glacier (around Grossglockner) and parked my car, in a building exclusively built for parking and spent a while walking/hanging around the glacier. Below is a video that I shot around that famous 'Pasterze Glacier':



It had some kinda aura around that place..and I was awestruck by the scenery around that glacier. Later, we hiked a bit, around the glacier and spent some time at the shop and restaurant, at that place. Below are some pics:

From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


Below are a couple of videos, that I shot from a closer point to the glacier:





After spending a while, it was late in the evening and we thought it's a good idea, to get to somewhere down the mountains and head back home. So, we drove ahead in the direction of 'Zell Am See', which is another well known town/city in Austria. On the way back, we also went to some peak point called 'Edelweiss Spitze'. It was pretty scary to drive up to this place, as the road was pretty steep and it was pretty foggy, at that time. Below is a video, that I shot from around that place:



And below are the last set of pics:

From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


From Gross-Glockner High Alpine Road, Austria


That was it...back to 'Home, Sweet Home'.....but hey, I've to get back to work, the next day..huh! ;)

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