Historical Glacier Cableway

Historical Glacier Cableway

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 30-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 Nationalpark Kärnten Card

Holders of a Nationalpark Kärnten Card benefit from discounted ticket prices! The Glacier Cableway starts directly at the famous Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, taking you down to the valley station, where you embark on a 30-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

  • Operates from July 1st to September 15th, 2020 
  • Open daily from 10:00 to 16:00 (closed on bad weather days)
  • Prices (round-trip ticket): adult € 13; child € 6,50
  • Nationalpark Kärnten Card - 20% discount
  • For information call +43 4824 2640
  • Contact: Grossglockner Bergbahnen Touristik GmbH
Gletscherweg Pasterze

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. 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.

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.

We will be delighted to assist you in planning your holiday. Simply contact us with any questions, send us a no-obligation holiday enquiry, or phone us on +43 4824 2700-20.

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