Arrive in Heiligenblut, accompanied by glorious mountain views. Take a deep breath and immerse yourself in the spectacular natural landscape. Savour your surroundings – take your time to truly arrive. This is the core essence of a holiday in Heiligenblut. Settle into a different pace of life, governed by the rhythms of nature and the power of the mountains.
Timeless beauty – in harmony with nature
In Heiligenblut, time has certainly not stood still, but it does tend to move at a slower pace. Much of daily life is still determined by the elements, and the rhythm of the season. This natural way of being turns every moment in Heiligenblut into something special – whether you are up in the mountains, down in the valley, or anywhere in between.
Forging a close connection with nature…
… is what life in Heiligenblut am Grossglockner is all about. For the most part, nature is in charge of our plans. We cannot force a change of weather, nor redesign the shape or composition of our mountains. Nature will not be moulded or tamed, nor yield to our plans. But we can enjoy it, soak it up, draw energy from its healing powers, and make it our companion in our athletic endeavours.
A love as old as time
The mountains have always been a vital resource for our health and well-being. Today, our flora and fauna offers respite to those looking for rest and relaxation. But long before that, it sustained the alpine farmers who first settled in the Möll Valley four to five thousand years ago. This is where they built their homesteads – turning the region’s unique natural environment into the source of their livelihoods, and eventually discovering the Tauern gold.
The treasure of Heiligenblut
The gold rush might be over, but now our region holds a perhaps even rarer treasure: the precious experience of a holiday in the realm of Austria’s highest mountain. Whether you choose to climb to its summit or prefer to enjoy it from afar: the silhouette of the Grossglockner dominates the valley, as do the peaks of the Hohe Tauern mountains. This extraordinary panorama has greatly contributed to the development of tourism in the region.
Heiligenblut is situated directly at the base of the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain – whose distinctive, almost omnipresent silhouette makes up the backdrop of virtually every picture capturing our village. And indeed, the two are something of a symbiotic entity:
ever since the 19th century, alpinists from all around the world have been visiting Heiligenblut, drawn by the
Grossglockner and its neighbouring peaks – turning the village into a hub of the early international mountaineering scene, with the 3789-metre peak of the Grossglockner at its core. Heiligenblut has always been a perfect departure point for summit tours to the Grossglockner. For most passionate mountaineers, seeing the Grossglockner rise up behind the famous St. Vincent church sparks the desire to climb it. Throughout the decades, Heiligenblut has evolved into a much-loved destination not only for mountaineers, but for anyone with an affinity for nature, relaxation and tranquility. And to this day, the call of the mountains and the appeal of this stunning natural environment are as strong as ever.
Tradition and authenticity
Whichever part of the world our guests have travelled from, Heiligenblut welcomes them with a genuine sense of down-to-earth tradition and hospitality. For the local residents of Heiligenblut, folkloric traditions still form a vital part of everyday life, and continue to be cultivated and maintained. This atmosphere of cultural authenticity appeals as much to thrill- seeking alpinists as it does to those escaping the stresses of urban life.
Heiligenblut’s Gothic pilgrimage church, which ranks among Austria’s most famous churches, largely defines the appearance of the village, and embodies the characteristics of our local lifestyle: close to nature, unstaged and authentic – with a genuine, straightforward hospitality.
Known as the ‘legendary mountaineering village’, Heiligenblut offers unforgettable experiences throughout the year.
Carefree summers, active winters
Heiligenblut enjoys equal popularity among two quite different types of holiday-makers. The opening of the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road in 1935 drew a wave of summer tourists to the region, which has not only continued, but also experienced something of a renaissance in recent years; and for good reason, as summertime in Heiligenblut really is spectacularly beautiful.
At around the same time, ambitious pioneers of local tourism decided to develop the region as a skiing holiday destination – taking advantage of the area’s high altitudes, reliable snow cover and breathtaking views of Austria’s highest peak. Skiing and snowboarding in Heiligenblut is an extraordinary experience, characterised by plenty of natural snow and a wide range of possibilities, both on and off the piste.
Hiking and mountaineering in Heiligenblut am Grossglockner
The wider area surrounding Heiligenblut am Grossglockner is referred to as ‘Erlebnisraum’ – which, literally translated, means ‘experiential space’, or figuratively, ‘adventure region’. The term perfectly reflects the great wealth of activities and experiences on offer. This time right now – when winter has almost given way to the summer season, and spring is steadily conquering the mountains, forests and rivers – marks the start of a fantastic time for adventures great and small, and unforgettable experiences in our alpine paradise: from gentle hikes to spectacular summit tours.
Centre of attention
Without a doubt, the Grossglockner represents one of the central attractions of our Adventure Region. Its 3789-metre-high peak is featured in almost every holiday photo, graces virtually every brochure, and has overlooked everything that has unfolded in the region since time immemorial. And whenever we put on our hiking boots, our paths inevitably lead us through its stunning realm, be it on hiking tours, mountain paths or long- distance trails.
From the ‘Chamois Ravine’ to the ‘Tauern Window’
There is certainly no shortage of hiking routes in our region. With such an abundance of
options, it is not always easy to know which trail to pick. The ‘Gamsgrubenweg’ counts among the most attractive choices: it is accessible via the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road, and starts directly at the famous Kaiser-Franz-Josef Höhe. Hewn into the rock surface of the Hohe Tauern mountains, the path conveys a variety of
fascinating information about the natural world, whilst taking walkers deep into the heart of the National Park. Equally recommended is the ‘Geotrail Tauernfenster’:
accessible via a trip on the ‘Panoramabahn’ cableway, the trail starts at an altitude of 2000 m. Hikers traverse the peak of the Schareck, before continuing to altitudes of up
to 2500 m – all the while enjoying the most breathtaking views of the surrounding Hohe Tauern mountains.
Conquering the mystery
The 3789-metre-high Grossglockner has always emanated a sense of the mysterious. For many of us, it represents a majestic sight to admire from afar. For others, however, it can become the focus of a very special summit tour, and the fulfilment of a longstanding dream. Our guided tours to the peak of the Grossglockner start at the ‘Alpincenter Glocknerhaus‘.
Under the expert guidance of a certified, experienced guide, you ascend to the ‘Erzherzog- Johann-Hütte’ lodge (duration: approx. 6 hours), where you spend the night. On the following day, your guide takes you on the final, 1.5-hour trek to the summit. Participants must be sure-footed and free of vertigo, and must be experienced in navigating high-alpine terrain. The feeling of standing atop the country’s highest mountain is something you will draw on for a long time to come. Are you up for the challenge?
From the glacier to the sea
What might be a simple day-trip by car can be turned into an extensive, but all the more unforgettable, journey on foot. A long-distance hiking adventure on the legendary Alpe-Adria Trail is a perfect way to feel the benefits of slow-paced living. Travelling purely on the strength of your own body enables you to literally fall into step with nature.
Comprising a total of 43 stages and covering a distance of 750 km across three countries, the Alpe-Adria Trail begins at the eternal ice in Heiligenblut, and ends in the peaceful fishing village of Duino on the Adriatic coast. There can hardly be a more spectacular way of traversing the Alps from north to south – relying on your own body, moving as one with the natural world.
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Summits, glaciers and native wildlife
The Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest conservation area in the Eastern Alps, spanning no less than three Austrian counties. Heiligenblut is located at the heart of the National Park’s Carinthian section, making it an excellent departure point for a range of outings and activities. Encompassing an area of 1856 square metres, the region offers everything nature lovers would expect to find: untouched landscapes, native wildlife, informative displays and interesting excursions.
The landscape of the Hohe Tauern National Park is characterised by majestic mountains and deep valleys. Several ice ages have shaped the landscape, whilst various geological
processes have given rise to the area’s specific geomorphological traits. The region offers a wide array of activities and experiences for visitors of all ages – including hiking and summit tours, places of interest, wildlife observation, and excursions into the heart of our natural surroundings.
Good to know – Highlights in the Hohe Tauern region:
◦ Our ‘Magical Moments’ programme of excursions and activities
◦ A wide variety of outdoor adventures – offered in partnership with the region’s ‘Hohe Tauern Outdoor Worlds’ establishments
◦ Exploring the natural world – guided outings with a National Park Ranger
◦ The Nationalpark Kärnten Card – offering a host of discounts and complementary services
◦ Insights into the cultural and culinary traditions of the Hohe Tauern region
◦ Museums and visitor centres
◦ And much more …
The Grossglockner High-Alpine Road Austria’s top view
When Franz Wallack began to plan the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road 100 years ago, he was following a vision: his ambition was to create a north-south connection via the ‘Fuscher Törl’. Conception was followed by action: over the course of five years, 4000 labourers
constructed not only a road link between Salzburg and Carinthia, but also one of Austria’s
most spectacular attractions.
At the time, the High-Alpine Road represented a technical and logistical masterpiece, and it has lost none of its fascination to this day. Winding its way up to 2500 metres above sea level, it takes visitors into the very heart of the breathtaking Hohe Tauern mountains. The village of Heiligenblut is one of the major southern stop-over points on the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road.
Good to know – Grossglockner High-Alpine Road:
• Ranks among Austria’s top-3 day-trip destinations
• 48 km long, 36 bends, maximum altitude 2500 m
• Offers a direct view of the 3798-metre-high Grossglockner
• Construction started on 30 August 1930
• Road opened on 3 August 1935
• Attracts 900,000 visitors a year
• And much more …
Long-distance hiking on the Alpe-Adria Trail From the mountains to the sea
The Hohe Tauern National Park also marks the official starting point of an extraordinary hiking journey: the Alpe-Adria Trail begins at the base of the Grossglockner, amidst the wild alpine beauty that surrounds Heiligenblut. Those who complete all 43 stages of the trail will find themselves traversing three countries, experiencing their respective cultures, different climates and a variety of flora and fauna.
Covering a total distance of 750 km, the Alpe-Adria Trail takes hikers from the Hohe Tauern mountains to Carinthia’s swimming lakes, past the vineyards of the Italian-Slovenian border region, all the way to the romantic fishing village of
Muggia on the Adriatic coast. “A dream route through the Garden of Eden” is how the National Geographic magazine
described this extraordinary trail, whilst listing it as one the Top Ten Hiking Routes worldwide.
Good to know – Alpe-Adria Trail:
• Spans three countries: Austria, Slovenia, Italy
• Covers a total distance of around 750 km, divided into 43 stages
• Hiking time per stage: up to 6 hours (approx. 20 km)
• ‘Hiking without luggage’ transport service available at the Alpe-Adria Trail Booking Center
• Clearly sign-posted; access to comprehensive touring information
• Get smart – the Alpe-Adria Trail app lets you access updates and information, wherever you are
• And much more…
Wild Waters in the Hohe Tauern National Park Let the water be your guide
“Wild water always finds its way – follow its flow, and you will find yours.” The evocative element of water plays a deciding role in the Hohe Tauern National Park, where it takes on a variety of different forms: it ist he frozen surface of the glaciers and snow-topped mountains; in the spring, it rushes from the peaks – creating breathtaking gorges, pretty rivers and beautiful mountain lakes.
Be sure to take advantage of one of the greatest natural treasures of the Hohe Tauern region. Experience its raw power in one of our spectacular gorges, such as the ‘Möllschlucht’ or
the ‘Raggaschlucht’. On the Pasterze Glacier Trail, you are able to
witness the beginnings of its journey into the valley; on the riverbanks
of the Möll, you might find yourself slowing your own pace to match that of the valley, while the still waters of our mountain lakes will fill you with a sense of tranquility and calm.
Good to know – Hiking to Wild Waters:
◦ Pasterze Glacier Trail – distance: 10.9 km; elevation gain: 922 m, duration: approx. 6 h; difficulty: MODERATE
◦ Sattelalm to Leiterfall Circular Trail – distance: 9.2 km; elevation gain: 1100 m; duration: approx. 5 h; difficulty: MODERATE
◦ Gössnitzfall Waterfall to Langtalseen Lakes – distance: 24.6 km; elevation gain: 1400 m; duration: approx. 8 h; difficulty: HIGH
◦ Möllschlucht Gorge Fixed Rope Route – distance: 0.7 km; elevation gain: 60 m; duration: approx. 1 h 15 min; difficulty: MODERATE
◦ Jungfernsprung Waterfall Circular Trail – distance: 0.3 km; elevation gain: 60 m; duration: approx. 45 min; difficulty: EASY
◦ Trail to the Adolf Nossberger Lodge (Graden Valley) – distance: 11 km; elevation gain: 950 m; duration: approx. 6 h 30 min; difficulty: MODERATE
◦ And much more …
Extraordinary excursions and Magical Moments Unforgettable experiences in the Hohe Tauern National Park
Along with its abundant flow of water, another of the region’s greatest treasures is its untouched natural world. A perfect way to explore your high-alpine surroundings is on a ‘Magical Moments’ excursion led by our professional guides and certified National Park Rangers, who will take you to enchanting places off the beaten track.
The award-winning programme places a strong focus on sustainability, and is available both in summer and winter (peak seasons only). Whether you would like to enjoy a Glacier Trek, embark on a summit tour to the Grossglockner, or observe wild ibex in their natural habitat – you’re sure to take away plenty of magical moments to remember for years to come.