Grossglockner

Photo of Grossglockner

Photo by Markus Stadler

Details

Elevation (feet): 12,461
Elevation (meters): 3,798
Continent: Europe
Country: Austria
Range/Region: Hohe Tauern
Latitude: 47.0667
Longitude: 12.7
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1800
First successful climber(s): Count von Salm, Prince Bishop of Gurk, and his party of sixty
Nearest major airport: Innsbruck or Salzburg, Austria
Convenient Center: Heiligenblut, Austria

Description

Grossglockner is the highest peak in Austria. It is a lofty rocky peak rising near the center of the Long Hohe Tauern ridge, and looming at the head of the Moll Valley, a popular tourist area. The name Grossglockner is German for Big Bell, a reference to the shape of its grand peak. The mountain is surrounded by glaciers, but is not a difficult climb. The summit trail starts at the 8,000-foot Hotel Franz Joseph, and is well worn by steady tourist traffic.