Photo by Markus Stadler
|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|
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.