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Austria: the alpine road that UNESCO wants to protect
Posted on 27/02/2017


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Austria's Großglockner High Alpine Road may soon feature on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Classed as an historic monument since 2015, it could soon become the first panoramic road in the world to join the prestigious list.

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  • Großglockner High Alpine Road
    Großglockner High Alpine Road

    Right in the heart of the Austrian Alps, the 48-kilometre Großglockner High Alpine Road officially opened in 1935 and has been providing drivers with incredible views over the regions of Salzbourg and Carinthia ever since.

  • Austria's highest point
    Austria's highest point

    Classed as an historic monument since 2015, the Großglockner could become the first panoramic road in the world to receive the presitigious label of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • High Tauern National Park
    High Tauern National Park

    The road winds its way through the High Tauern National Park, the biggest natural reserve in the Alps, with splendid panoramic views.

  • Glacier views
    Glacier views

    The famous Krimml Waterfalls and the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (pictured), offering superb views over the Pasterze glacier, make for popular stop-offs.

  • Mountain wildlife
    Mountain wildlife

    Though the road closes through the winter, the best time to drive it is during the spring or summer when the sun is out and the mountains' wildlife come out to roam the hillsides.