|Hochtor (tunnel)/Fuscher-Törl 2|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|2504m||1712m - 34.93 km - 4.9% (Winklern via Apriach)
1566m - 22.68 km - 6.9% (Döllach via Apriach)
1694m - 36.78 km - 4.6% (Winklern via Heiligenblut)
1443m - 17.84 km - 8.1% (Pockhorn/Rojach)
1915m - 33.13 km - 5.8% (Bruck/Krössenbach)
1855m - 26.14 km - 7.1% (Fusch)
1517m - 19.29 km - 7.9% (Toll station)
242m - 4.11 km - 5.9% (Fuscher Lacke)
1673m - 27.07 km - 6.2% (Fuscher-Törl 2 fr. Bruck/Krössenbach)
1613m - 20.10 km - 8.1% (Fuscher-Törl 2 fr. Fusch)
1275m - 13.23 km - 9.7% (Fuscher-Törl 2 fr. Toll station)
|4 (5) South; 4-5 (5) North||5 (5)|
|How to get there||
The Großglockner road is a fantastic and beautiful road that was built in the 1930s with the expressed purpose of being a beautiful tourist road and they indeed succeded with this. The approach from the south starts at Winklern (934m to 882m) not far from Lienz and the Lienzer Dolomiten. The real climbing on the main road only starts at Pockhorn/Rojach (1107m), from where it is somewhat steep. It passes by the idyllic Heiligenblut (1291m) village. Soon thereafter at Guttal (1859m), which you descend to via Kasereck (1909m), a scenic cul-de-sac road (8.5 km) goes to Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2369m) (or 2418m). Instead of taking the main road, the road via Apriach from Döllach (1006m fr. 1032m) is nicer and actually shorter. The main road continues up to the pass, which is at a tunnel.
From the north you start in the area of Zell am See at Bruck and Krössenbach (755m). First after Fusch (815m) or later after the toll station (1153m) the real climb begins. It is quite steep on this side and it is one of the hardest passes in the Alps with this height. The scenery is splendid all the time and the road is fine and wide. At Fuscher-Törl (2402m) a cobblestoned (“setts” really) cul-de-sac road (1.75 km) goes to Edelweißspitze (2572m) from where the views should be the best in the area (bad weather on my visit). From the Fuscher-Törl 2 (viewpoint) (2428m) the road runs around the Törlkopf and descends to Fuscher Lacke (2262m) before it starts climbing again first through the short Mittertörl tunnel (pass above (2375m) on an ancient path) and then up to the Hochtor tunnel.
|Other comments||The Hochtor tunnel is lit, but watch out for ice. The steepest part of the climb is from the toll station on the north side and up to Fuscher-Törl. No toll for cyclists (which is also true for the Franz Josefs strasse). There is water to be found one the way to the pass on both sides. There are probably a lot of cars (and cyclists) on fine days on this road and maybe you should try and avoid the most obviously busy hours. There are a cafés and restaurants at Fusch as well as cafés around the pass heights.
[AT-SA-2504, BIG 625]