Located at an altitude of almost 1,300 metres above sea level, the mountain village of Heiligenblut am Grossglockner enchants visitors with an ancient parish church, spectacular views of Austria’s highest mountain and a rich and varied history. Saints, mountaineers, arch bishops and visionaries have all left their mark throughout the centuries.
The ‘Path of Legends’ explores some of the most significant contributors to the region’s history – including the acclaimed mountaineer Margrave Alfred Pallavicini, cableway pioneer Josef Schmidl, Glockner Road engineer Franz Wallack, the legendary Saint Briccius as well as Alberth Wirth, whose generous gift laid the first foundations for the Hohe Tauern National Park.
Alpe-Adria Trail: From the Glacier to the Sea
The Alpe-Adria Trail is the exciting new star among Europe’s long-distance hiking routes. Beginning at the foot of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner, the trail leads through a light-flooded dream landscape across Carinthia, the Friuli region and Slovenia – finally ending in the Italian fishing village of Muggia on the azure-blue Adriatic coast. An extraordinary hiking experience that may well change your life.
The ‘Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse’
The world-famous Grossglockner High-Alpine Road leads directly into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park – all the way to the foot of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner (3,798m) and its Pasterze Glacier. The 48-kilometre road with 36 bends enables you to travel through a unique alpine landscape, ascending to an altitude of 2,504 metres.
Gold Mining Village near Heiligenblut
Experience your very own gold rush in the only gold mining village in the Alps! The historically accurate reconstruction of a small miners’ settlement is located in the Fleiss Valley near Heiligenblut. After exploring the village, you can try your hand at gold panning in the Fleiss River – with luck, you may even go home with a nugget or two.
With the Grossglockner Cable Railways, visitors are able to enjoy journeys to altitudes of 2,600 metres above sea level, with ever more breathtaking views the higher you progress. Looking across the magnificent mountain slopes, you may spot a number of other cable transport systems – a reminder that you are in the midst of the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut ski area, and perhaps an incentive to return to this mountain paradise during the winter months.