The Grossglockner High Alpine Road to Italy

Bertie’s done all the hard work today as we’ve travelled 175 kilometres round hairpin bends and over mountain passes to our next campsite at Toblachersee in Italy.

We chose to travel via the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, which is the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria. It is 48 kilometres long with 36 bends, and goes over Fuscher Törl at 2428 metres and Hochtor Pass at 2504 metres.

The road is named after the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain, at 3798 metres. The views all the way were stunning and we really enjoyed the trip.

We also took a side road to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe visitors’ centre where there’s an observation tower with great views of the snow-covered Grossglockner and the Pasterze glacier.

We also saw lots of marmots and an ibex, and I persuaded John to buy a toy marmot (now called Martha 😆) for the van!

On the way back down, we stopped to have lunch at a small lake near a beautiful waterfall before heading onwards to Italy and our campsite.

The campsite is on a beautiful lake surrounded by the majestic Dolomites mountains. We’ve settled in, done the washing and had dinner, and now we’re looking forward to the adventures ahead… hiking, cycling, via ferrata and, of course, our 6-day trek.

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