European Summit Challenge
The Großglockner, meaning Big clock, is located on the border between Carinthia and East Tyrol, in the Hohe Tauren massive. The mountaing has a clasic pyramid shaped peak consisting of two summits, the Großglockner and the Kleinglocker (3700m) (Klein meaning small) seperated by a narrow and hazardous saddle, the Glocknerscharte.
I took a Ryain Air flight from London Stansted to Klagentfurt (£50.00 return including taxes). I then took a train (operated by Österreichische Bundesbahnen
) from Klagenfurt to Lienz (less than 35 Euros return) where the plan involved a Post Bus taking us to Kals. However, we arrived too late for the Post Bus, so for 40 Euros took a Taxi to Kals. We made up for this expense on the return journey by hitching a series of lifts back to Lienz.
We stayed the first night in Kals / Großdorf at a guest house found for us by the Tourist Information office in Kals, e-mail: email@example.com or if you can read german visit www.kals.at.
I have only found one English language book with a route description for the Großglockner; "Eastern Alps, The Classic Routes on the Highest Peaks" by Dieter Siebert and published by Diadem 1992 ISBN 0-906371-54-6. This suggested a different route than the one we took, starting from the Franz-Josefs-Haus, proceeding to the Hofmannshutte and across the Mittleress Pasterzenkees glacier to the Adlersruhe. We were informed that this route was prone to rock fall.
We used the Alpenvereinskarte 1:25,000 maps 41 "Schobergruppe" and 40 "Glocknergruppe". Visit www.alpenverein.at for information in German on their entire range.
Google Map can also be useful for planning.
The Austrian Tourist Board Website has useful fact about travelling to Austria.