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Großglockner 3.798 m

200 years ago the highest mountain in Austria (3798 metres) was scales for the first time. Since then it has lost none of its fascination for mountaineers.

Scaling the Glockner:

From the Kals side there are two main climbs to the Glockner. Both start with an ascent of around 2.5 hours from Alpengasthof Lucknerhaus (1920 metres) to Lucknerhütte (2241 metres), continuing to Stüdlhütte (2802 metres). Stüdlhütte is also the main place to meet with your mountain guide. The climb normally proceeds via Ködnitzkees to Erzherzog Johann Hütte (3454 metres - around 2.5 hours), where most people spend the night.

After (hopefully) a good night’s sleep the next morning, before or after breakfast, you climb for around 1.5 hours up to the summit of the Großglockner. After really enjoying the panorama view, it’s time for the descent, which proceeds along the ascent route. Between 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. you are at Stüdlhütte again, towards 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. you are back again at the Lucknerhaus car park, where on the terrace you get to take a look back and review your superb mountain tour. The ascent variant across the Stüdlgrat ridge proceeds from Stüdlhütte early in the morning for around 1.5 hours via the Schere and the Teischnitzkees to the access area to the Stüdlgrat ridge. 

Climbing difficulty levels are low level, I and II, in the upper section it is mainly III, with a few sections at III+. When conditions are good you can factor in around 4 hours walking and climbing tome from the inn to the summit. In difficult conditions it will be commensurately longer. The descent follows along the standard route, first to Adlersruhe and then into the valley.

The Glockner can also be enjoyed in relaxed fashion. The Kals Glocknerstraße (not to be confused with the Großglockner High Alpine road in Carintnia) runs from Kals to Ködnitztal and Lucknerhaus. From there you get to enjoy a really wonderful view to the Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria (3798 metres). Here you start to think about the unusual Glocknerspur - Berge adventure trail, which in 1 to 2 hours has lots of different views to the little and large natural wonders of this mountain.

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