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1. Posted by Daver141 (Respected Member, 117 posts) 11 Aug '08 08:30

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Anyone drive this road? How long should I plan for a trip? Any other advice on the area would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Dave

2. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member, 110 posts) 11 Aug '08 09:03

I asked my husband who knows of it and he said it doesn't take very long - probably a few hours.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5555 posts) 11 Aug '08 11:42

Yep, the pure driving part won't take much longer than a few hours, but you might as well fit in an extra few hours to enjoy the views, excellent stops to view glaciers and mountains. Needless to say that in winter you need snow tyres, but I am guessing you are there now or will be in the next weeks.

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator, 1370 posts) 11 Aug '08 14:06

Actually the road is closed between Late October and Early May.

The actual ride doesn't take that long, and it is indeed a good idea to make some stops along the way. If you want to make this a daytrip from somewhere you are staying, you can make a tour, going over the Glockner Hochalpenstrasse, and back through the Felbertauerntunnel (between Mittersill and Lienz). Ask for a returnticket, this ticket is also valid for the tunnel.

If you like hiking, and go there by car, you should take some days here, and settle in one of the smaller places on the northside of the Alps. In my opinion the valleys between Krimml and Mittersill, are among the best valleys for hiking. (I prefer the Habachtal). There is not a big need to reserve a hotel or gasthaus (pension/B&B) in this area, as there is accommodation in this area. (you can find little flags with Zimmer Frei, meaning Vacant Room) in every town.

A large part of this region is a nature reserve, known as the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, which is one of the biggest parks in Europe. This limits the number of cars, being able to go up into the valleys, and it makes sure it stays a beautiful spot.