Historical Glacier Cableway

Enjoy a cablecar ride from the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe to the Pasterze glacier

After the spectacular drive on the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road, you park your car at the famous Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, where your day is about to get even more exciting: stretched out before you is the Pasterze, the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps. When it was first built, the cableway still reached the eternal ice; now, however, the glacier has significantly receded — so that today’s passengers have to add on a 60-minute walk to reach its frozen shores. The cableway runs between the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (top station) and the valley station that once marked the beginnings of the glacier — a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Top rates with the Kärnten Card

For holders of the Kärnten Card, the ride on the glacier lift is discounted. The Glacier Cableway starts directly at the famous Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, taking you down to the valley station, where you embark on a 60-minute walk to the glacier’s edge. 9 km of eternal ice stretch out before you, overlooked by Austria’s highest mountain, the 3798-metre-high Grossglockner. The Pasterze also marks the official starting point of the renowned Alpe-Adria-Trail – a long-distance trekking route leading from our high-alpine glacier all the way to Italy’s Adriatic coast.

Fact Box – Grossglockner/Heiligenblut Glacier Cableways

Hiking along the Glacier Trail

The Glacier Trail is a spectacular, moderately challenging hiking route leading from the Glocknerhaus (situated directly on the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road) to the Pasterze, the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps. The path takes you through the stunning, high-alpine landscape of the National Park, all the way to the so-called ‘Hufeisenbruch’ — an enormous glacial fracture from which the fledgling waters of the Moell river are released. The hike starts at the Glocknerhaus, directly on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Duration: around 4 hours; altitude difference: approx. 400m. While the route is easy to manage in terms of technique, hikers must be surefooted. Suitable for children from around 10 and up; best time: July to October. Our tip: Join the guided tour with a national park ranger.

Does the thought of standing on the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps appeal to you?

It’s certainly a unique and extraordinary experience — as well as a fantastic chance to get right up close to the Grossglockner even if you’re not much of a mountaineer. as well as a fantastic chance to get right up close to the Grossglockner even if you’re not much of a mountaineer.

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