Gerlos Alpine Road:
Versatile panoramic road between Salzburg & Tyrol

Gerlos Alpine Road is a mountain pass road which, on a length spanning 69 kilometres in total, links the Tyrolean town of Zell am Ziller to the Salzburg town of Mittersill. Located right in the west of the Salzburg district of Pinzgau, this mountain road offers variety-packed opportunities to explore the Alpine landscape between Mittersill and Krimml, and Tyrol’s Zillertal. The road consists of two sections; the core part - actual Gerlos Alpine Road - is a twelve kilometre route from Krimml up to Pinzgauer Höhe pass. This section was planned by constructor of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Franz Wallack. It was only later from the Tyrol side that the ascent to the top of the pass was created – which meant that in 1962 there was a continuous link from Krimml to Gerlos.

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Austria's most elegant


Pure driving pleasure

in the Austrian Alps

Anyone who travels via the Gerlos Alpine Road today mostly does so to enjoy pure driving pleasure. This road, whose elegant curves have been smoothly adapted by Franz Wallack to suit the composition of the terrain, has a maximum gradient of nine percent. A dreamily beautiful tour for gliding along and taking everything in. After all, from all the parking areas along this twelve kilometre route from Krimml to the summit, you can see Krimml Waterfalls. Having reached the peak of the Alpine road, you are rewarded with a panoramic view to numerous mountain peaks in the north and the south. The sensational views, gentle bends and low gradient make the road a uniquely pleasurable experience for car drivers and motorbike riders, as well as old-timer drivers. And E-cars are cruising more and more often through these silky twists and turns. How would you like to explore Gerlos Alpine Road?

On the Gerlos Alpine Road
Pure pleasure!

The Zillertal Arena holiday area & the Hohe Tauern National Park

Simply wonderful hiking!

In this very well connected mountain region along Gerlos Alpine Road, around 400 kilometres of signposted hiking paths await all mountain enthusiasts. And no wonder – the mountain road does indeed proceed through the hiking and holiday area of Zillertal Arena and deep into the Hohe Tauern National Park – Austria’s biggest National Park.

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Gerlos Alpine Road, car park | ©

Flora, fauna, mountains & more …

Pur nature!

You are so close to experiences in the natural surroundings along Gerlos Alpine Road! The biggest waterfalls in Europe and their unique flora and fauna, a mysterious moor landscape in the conservation protection area Sieben Möser Gerlosplatte, the relaxation area around Durlassboden reservoir and, above all, the rugged summits of the Hohe Tauern and the Kitzbühel Alps – a journey from Salzburg’s Pinzgau to Tyrol couldn’t be any nicer!

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Gerlos Alpine Road, Durlassboden reservoir | © Mrazek

Wasserfalls & WaterWorlds

invigorating views

Here’s a refreshing tip for you – before or after a journey via the Gerlospass, pay a visit to Krimml Worlds of Water and the world-famous Krimml Waterfalls. Enjoy the invigorating cool water and find out interesting information and key facts about the fifth highest waterfall in the world. 

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Gerlos Alpine Road, Krimml Waterfalls | © Stabentheiner

Via Gerlos Alpine Road into Zillertal Arena ski area

open in winter

Since Gerlos Alpine Road is also driveable in the winter, from Zell am Ziller or from Mittersill you can get to the extensive skiing and winter sports area of Zillertal Arena. 139 kilometres of pistes are linked via 51 cable cars and lifts, right up to 2500 metres, while snow and fun parks, ski movie routes, ‘speed check’ ski runs and photo points provide plenty of variety for every minute of your holiday. All the details can be found in the information sheet. 

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Gerlos Alpine Road, car park with a view of the waterfalls | ©