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INTO THE WILD

Find your own outdoor adventure!
 
INTO THE WILD is the exklusive outdoor program of the Nationalpark Lodge Grossglockner. 

Our guides organize unique natural experiences and share with us the passion for the wilderness in the national park Hohe Tauern.

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HI – MY NAME IS BLUES, AND I’M HANNES & BARBARA’S FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND.

So far, they’ve taken me on quite a few ‘Into the Wild’ tours, and I’ve got to tell you: I had a great time! If you’d like to accompany your owner on one of our excursions, I’d be very pleased – and I’m sure you’ll love every minute.  But before you set out, what should every canine guest know about staying at the Nationalpark Lodge?

Here are the answers to some of the most important questions:

 

In which areas of the Nationalpark Lodge am I allowed?
Aside from your owner’s hotel room, you are welcome in the downstairs foyer, the Pioneers’ Bar, and the ‘Glocknerstube’. Please make sure that your owner keeps you on a leash at all times! Due to hygiene reasons, the rest of the hotel is out of bounds. If your family would like you to accompany them to dinner, simply opt for the ‘Glocknerstube’ dining room.

 

Where am I allowed to sleep?
Ideally, your owners will have brought your familiar bedding from home, so you can feel especially comfortable. However, if they forgot to pack your blanket (or food bowl), they can borrow both at the hotel reception. The beds, sofas and armchairs in our guest rooms might well look inviting – just like the benches and chairs in the Pioneers’ Bar – but neither of them are a place for well-behaved dogs!

 

Where can my owners take me to ‘go walkies’?
Welcome to the Hohe Tauern National Park: in our rural surroundings, most areas are freely accessible – provided your owners always clean up using dog waste bags. Unfortunately, the small park next to the hotel is an officially designated Dog-Free Zone (starting from the stairs that lead down from our terrace). However, our staff has plenty of tips on suitable walks and hiking paths nearby - just ask at the reception!

 

What about defending my territory – in this case, the hotel room? 
Naturally, the maid would like to enter your family’s room to keep it comfortable and clean. We suggest your owners arrange a specific time for her to come by while you are out and about. To ensure the maid does not walk in on you when you’re ‘on guard’, we would ask your owners to place the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the outside of your door.

 

P.S.: Don’t worry if your family has forgotten to bring your favourite food – the local grocery shop (Adeg Aktiv Mölltalmarkt) stocks a selection of dog foods. Simply ask at the reception – the hotel team will happily order in the food brand of your choice.


Fun on the slopes – from our hotel lobby 
straight Into the Wild

The height of convenience: For guests of the Nationalpark Lodge, the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut ski area is virtually on your doorstep. You are also able to buy or rent any equipment you might need at our in-house sports shop (Intersport Grossglockner).

Grossglockner/Heiligenblut ski area – 
TOP OF AUSTRIA

Ultimate freedom!

There’s nothing quite like skiing amidst Austria’s most breathtaking mountains. The 3798-metre-high Grossglockner dominates the spectacular scenery; the ski terrain is vast, rich in diversity and equipped with comfortable, modern lift facilities. 

Whether you prefer groomed slopes or off-piste runs: Heiligenblut will make your heart beat faster.

Since the 1960s, Heiligenblut has been a paradise for skiing aficionados and winter sports enthusiasts. What sets it apart from other ski resorts is that the focus is not merely limited to state-of-the art facilities, but extends to a genuine love for nature and a desire to be as one with the wild.

It is an indescribable feeling, to dive into the immensity of a mountainscape overlooked by the Grossglockner. At the same time, our guests appreciate how straightforward it is to find your way around this snowcovered wonderland of ski-runs and pistes in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park.

Facts and figures

  • 55 kilometres of piste, covering all levels of difficulty
  • 12 modern, comfortable lift facilities
  • 4 Ski Routes; 1500 hectares of Freeride Arena divided into 6 Freeride Sectors
  • Freeride Checkpoint at the Rossbach cableway station
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Overview of pistes and lift facilities

(based on the current website of the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut ski resort)

Freeride Arena

The Freeride Arena consists of unsecured, off-piste terrain, divided into Sectors A to F.

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SECTOR A - SCHARECK

The Schareck mountain forms the centre of the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut ski area, featuring slopes and ski-runs on almost every side.

SEKTOR B - FALLBICHL

Due to its high altitude and exposed position, this sector offers reliable snowcover. Finest powder snow conditions can continue well into March.

SEKTOR C - VIEHBÜHEL

Offering reliable snowcover due to its high altitude, this sector is accessible all throughout the winter (with occasional exceptions in the event of avalanche risk).

SEKTOR D - FLEISSALM

A particularly diverse sector which encompasses steep alpine terrain in the upper part, and gentle, wide ground in the lower parts.

SEKTOR E - TAUERNTAL

Challenging terrain. Skiing in this sector requires a great deal of expertise and a good sense of direction.

Important safety information!

The Freeride Sectors are

  • not secured against avalanches
  • not marked
  • not monitored
  • not secured against alpine dangers

Every off-piste skier is responsible for his/her own safety. Your conduct must never endanger others. Every skier is legally liable for his/her conduct. 

Off-piste skiers are advised to carry avalanche safety equipment (available to rent at Intersport Grossglockner, Heiligenblut). If you would like to ski off-piste but have limited experience or are unfamiliar with the local terrain, we recommend hiring one of our excellent local ski guides for a safe and enjoyable excursion.


Monday, 17.June 2019

13°/26°C

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Wind in exposed highlands: Im Gebirge Ost bis Süd mit 15 bis 30 km/h
On Monday a little bit cooler. In the afternoon only here and there a thundery shower.
During the day changing cloudiness with sunny spells in between. In the afternoon only in the mountains local thundery showers.

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Tuesday, 18.June 2019

13°/26°C

6:00
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Wind in exposed highlands: Im Gebirge Nordost bis Südost mit 10 bis 20 km/h
Quite sunny but sticky again. Local thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.
Until noon mostly sunny, then incresing cumulus cloudiness followed by local thunderstorms.

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Wednesday, 19.June 2019

14°/28°C

Sunny and warm. However, later on isolated thunderstorms are possible especially in the mountains. Partly staying dry in the valleys.

Thursday, 20.June 2019

15°/30°C

Sunny and very warm with some thunderstorms are possible in the mountains in the afternoon.

Friday, 21.June 2019

16°/28°C

Partly sunny. In the second half of the day increasing risk for showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday, 22.June 2019

15°/26°C

Again unstable with local thunderstorms mainly in the afternoon.

Sunday, 23.June 2019

15°/27°C

Continuous summery weather with sun and some convective clouds in the afternoon but only here and there a thunderstorm.
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Long-distance hiking from the glacier to the sea

The Alpe-Adria Trail: the ultimate long-distance hiking experience.

  • The Alpe-Adria Trail runs from the glacier at the foot of the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain, to the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
  • It connects three regions in three countries: Carinthia, Slovenia, Friuli Venezia Giulia.
  • Spanning a total of 750 kilometres divided into 43 stages, the AAT takes hikers through the stunning mountain and lake areas of Carinthia, the wild beauty of the Triglav National Park, the gentle landscape of Friuli, all the way to the seashore in Muggia.
  • The Alpe-Adria Trail is all about an enjoyable hiking experience on paths that pose no particular technical challenges.

The Nationalpark Lodge Grossglockner is located on the first two stages of the Alpe-Adria Trail. As an official partner company, we welcome long-distance hikers with a range of attractive offers.

Stage 01 Alpe-Adria Trail: Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe to Heiligenblut

Stage 02 Alpe-Adria Trail: Heiligenblut to Döllach

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For further information on the Alpe-Adria Trail and to book your hiking journey visit.


The Scenic Route to Heiligenblut

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Your journey to Heiligenblut becomes an outstanding experience in its own right as soon as the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road is declared open for the summer months.

Ever since 1935, the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road has connected Fusch-Ferleiten in the county of Salzburg with Heiligenblut. 48 kilometres long and comprising 36 bends, the mountain pass road winds its way into the very heart of Hohe Tauern National Park. The highest point of the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road is the ‘Edelweissspitze’ with an altitude of just over 2,500 m.

With plenty of stop-over opportunities, scenic viewing points, attractions and visitor centres along the way, the drive itself turns into a fantastic outing – always accompanied by the spectacular panorama of the Hohe Tauern mountains and their mightiest peaks.


Jewel of the Alps:
the Hohe Tauern National Park

The Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest nature conservation area both within Austria and the Eastern Alps. Encompassing a space of 1,856 km² across the counties of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tyrol, the Hohe Tauern National Park is the last large-scale natural area in Austria. It is divided into a strictly protected core zone and a peripheral buffer zone.

This untouched alpine environment provides natural habitats for wildlife such as chamois, ibex, marmots, golden eagles and snow hares – while the landscape is characterised by expansive rock formations, glacier fields, cascading waterfalls, romantic wild valleys and lush alpine pastures.

With our Into the Wild programme of outdoor excursions, we endeavour to pass on our passion for this uniquely beautiful environment to our guests, enhancing their visit with truly unforgettable experiences.

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Mythical Grossglockner

It is the year 1800. An expedition of 62 people, organised by Prince-Bishop Franz II. Xaver von Salm-Reifferscheid, reaches the summit of the Grossglockner for the very first time: a pivotal achievement in the history of alpinism.

This was soon followed by further expeditions, predominantly for the purposes of science, research and cartography. The mid-19th century, however, saw the development of a new form of alpinism – shifting the focus from scientific interests to an athletic experience. It was not long before alpine tourism on the Glockner had turned into a prosperous business. From 1858, the inn-keepers of the Glocknerwirt took on the task of connecting visiting mountaineers with local guides.

Today, those wishing to conquer the Grossglockner are able to choose from a variety of different routes and levels of difficulty. On the Carinthian side of the mountain, the route of the first ascent (Bischof Salm Trail) is the least challenging option; it is distinguished by a stunning natural scenery, and is generally less frequented than many of the other routes to this much-coveted peak.

Then as now, we recommend that you place your trust in one of our expert mountain guides for a safe and enjoyable Grossglockner summit tour.

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HEILIGENBLUT – The place we call home

The village of Heiligenblut, St. Vincent parish church and, in the background, the mighty Grossglockner: a perfect postcard image that has become famous around the world. To us, this is simply our home – the place whose natural landscape, cultural traditions and history have become an inherent part of who we are.

The first settlers in Heiligenblut can be traced back to around 300 BC. For centuries, agriculture and animal husbandry were their primary sources of livehood, until new occupations such as freight carriers (‘Säumer’) and gold mining began to bring wealth to the region.

In 1273, the first pilgrims visited Heiligenblut, to see the small vial of ‘Heiligen Bluet’ (holy blood) said to have been brought here by Briccius, a Byzantine general travelling from Constantinople. In 1491, the newly refurbished parish church opened its doors – now spacious enough to accommodate the ever-increasing numbers of pilgrims. From 1642 onwards, our ancestors provided lodgings for pilgrims in need of rest after a long journey – setting the cornerstone for a long tradition of hospitality within our family.

The first ascent of the Grossglockner, followed by the development of alpinism and the construction of the Grossglockner High-Alpine Road, all marked the early advancement of tourism in Heiligenblut. Today, Heiligenblut is a modern-day example of Gentle Tourism that covers the full spectrum of holiday styles: relaxation and adrenaline, nature and cultural heritage.


CUSTOMER COMMENTS

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We've been coming to this hotel for three years, and have previously had holidays all over Austria. There's nothing quite like it: no hullaballoo, a great family atmosphere, everything feels very friendly. That's why we keep coming back. I don't need hundreds of kilometres of piste – it's more about how amazing the pistes are. In the right weather conditions, the off-piste terrain is unbeatable and comparatively safe. That's hugely important.

– Andreas Scherer

I've been a regular guest at the Nationalpark Lodge for a number of years now, starting from when it was still known as the Hotel Glocknerhof. The refurbishment has been beautifully done. To me, the hotel is almost like a second home – you just feel that you're among friends. I come here to recharge my energy in winter and summer alike, and sometimes manage to fit in a weekend break.

– Zoltan Laszlo

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INTERSPORT GROSSGLOCKNER

 

The best for your wild adventures!
Discover our mountains with the equipment of Intersport Großglockner in Heiligenblut.

 

Discover our pistes, with …

... alpine skis, from beginner to professional models
... ski boots
... rental service
... ski services

 

And off the piste, with …

... touring ski boots, from beginners to professional models
... skins & poles
... tour clothing
... snowshoes
... and other equipment you need for your off-piste adventure

 

Equipment for your adventure on foot, with …

... comfortable hiking and mountaineering boots
... climbing equipment
... Walking sticks & backpacks
... the right hiking clothing for your tours.

 

Enjoying nature, with …

... mountain bikes (also with special ergonomics for women)
... e-bikes
... youth and children's bikes.


Visit us ONLINE on www.intersport-grossglockner.at or in the shop ...

 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

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