European Summit Challenge
Austria - Großglockner 3789m

Last updated June 2006

View of the Großglockner

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.

After an unsuccessfull attempt in 1799, a second expedition succeeded in claiming the summit in 1800. The expedition was on a grand scale, consisting if 62 people. The summit party included the brothers Martin and Sepp Klotz, S. von Hohenwarth, Pfarrer, Horasch, J. Zopoth and others

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: or if you can read german visit

The next night we stayed at the Adlersruhe Hut which offers good facilities at a price, N.B. no electricity, no running water. We spent the third night at the Stüdlhütte. has an index (in German only) of Austrian Huts, with telephone numbers and details of facilities. Both huts we used served hot food and drinks.

Eastern Alps

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.

Alpenvereinskarte 40 Map Cover

We used the Alpenvereinskarte 1:25,000 maps 41 "Schobergruppe" and 40 "Glocknergruppe". Visit for information in German on their entire range.

Buy from Stanfords, London, UK.


Sample of the Alpenvereinskarte map.

Google Map can also be useful for planning.

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The Austrian Tourist Board Website has useful fact about travelling to Austria.