Church of St Vincent of Saragossa Grossglockner Alpe Adria Trail Austria by The Grossglockner looms over the Church of St Vincent of Saragossa in Heiligenblut © Klaus Michor, Kaernten Werbung

This is a mountain of superlatives – the highest mountain in Austria, the highest peak in the Eastern Alps (that is, east of the Brenner Pass), and spewing the longest glacier in Austria and the Eastern Alps.

Stage 1 is a suitably grand opening to the AAT, which commands staggering views of the Grossglockner – a mountain of superlatives. Towering over the border of Carinthia and Tyrol at 3,798m at the head of the Möll Valley, it is the highest mountain in Austria, the highest peak in the Eastern Alps (that is, east of the Brenner Pass), and spewing the longest glacier in Austria and the Eastern Alps from its eastern flanks. Part of the Glockner group in the Hohe Tauern (High Tauern) range, it has a distinctive double summit divided by a high col, and can be seen from miles away. 

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