Visited October 2012
Did you know that three major ranges of the Alps run through Austria?
Grossglockner, or (Großglockner in German), reaching a height of 3,798 metres above the Adriatic, is part of the Central Eastern Alps, and is the highest mountain of Austria. Hoping to fulfill the Boy’s wish in visiting the Alps despite not being in Switzerland, I was lucky to be able to book a day tour with Edelweiss Tour to Grossglockner, where we could enjoy more alpine sights.
With our driver, Siva, picking us up from the hotel, it was a small world that he stayed in our home country before, thus providing us with many common topics during our trip. Departing from gloomy and cloudy Salzburg, we drove through the alpine town of Zell Am See before making our way towards Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Navigating through 28.8 miles and 36 hair pin curves (!), I was extremely thankful that for all the car-sickness that I usually experience, I experienced none of that, thus allowing me to marvel in awe at the sights and windiness of the alpine road. And interestingly, upon reaching a certain height, we were free from the ‘fog’ and were greeted with lovely blue skies and bright sunshine! It was there that we finally realised that for all the gloomy skies that we had in Salzburg, it was because of the low lying clouds. Now that we were higher than the clouds, it was a breath of fresh air.
Our first stop was at Edelweissspitze, the highest point on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Up there, we were treated to a wondrous view of the various mountain peaks. Our driver also told us that if we’d arrive any day later, the road to Edelweissspitze would have been closed in preparation for winter.
Next was Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, where we got to view the longest glacier in the Eastern Alps, the Pasterze. The Wilhelm Swarovski Observatory is a couple of minutes’ walk from the Visitors Centre, but for some reason it was closed, or so we thought.
Before we knew it, it was time to leave, as the drive back to Salzburg would take some time. However, as it was only the 2 of us on the trip, our driver was kind enough to stop as and where we wanted for a quick snap or two.
He even made a detour for us to Hangar 7, home of the Redbull collection. For the F1 enthusiast Boy, it was a bonus!
At the end of the trip, we were too happy with our tour that we gave Siva a little tip. Not knowing how much was sufficient; we do hope however that it was enough.
Back in gloomy-land, our very last stop for the day and Salzburg was Museum der Moderne Salzburg (MdM). While we had difficult appreciating modern and contemporary art, the museum however had a large terrace overlooking the city, granting us an opportunity for a panoramic shot.
I guess nothing beats having a day filled with wonderful photos, with a loved one by your side.