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Tour on Gerlos alpine road

Gerlos Alpine Road

Winding beauty: the Gerlos Alpine Road

Varied high alpine road between Salzburg and Tyrol

The Gerlos Alpine Road is located in the High Tauern National Park, which is made up of a core zone and an extended zone. The same pretty much applies to this road, because the core part, the actual Gerlos Alpine Road, are the twelve kilometres from Krimml up to the pass summit on the Pinzgau side. This section of the alpine road that now runs as far as Gerlos was planned by Franz Wallack, architect of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. The ascent to the pass summit was then constructed from the Tyrolean side resulting in an interrupted route from Krimml to Gerlos in 1962. Our tip: best experience the road from Mittersill to Zell am Ziller or the other way around. A total of 69 varied kilometres are ahead of you!
Looking at Gerlosstraße with the telescope
A turnoff on Gerlos alpine road

Where there’s a will, there has been a way for 3,500 years: the Gerlos Alpine Road

The path across the Gerlos probably had its risks millennia ago, but it was a popular one: gold seekers, sumpters and adventurers chose this shortest route between the Salzachtal and the Zillertal. In the past, there were several attempts to make the footpath passable for barrows, but rough weather conditions thwarted any such attempts. There were several reasons for constructing the modern alpine road. It was intended to provide additional stimulus for the tourist industry in the 20th century while being passable all year round. As always, economic interests were the driving force.

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Pure driving fun: the Gerlos adventure road in Austria’s Alps

Those driving across the Gerlos Alpine Road today mainly do so for their own pleasure. The road with its elegant turns gently embedded into the terrain by Franz Wallack has a maximum gradient of 9%. A gorgeously beautiful tour for gliding and marvelling as the Krimml Waterfalls can be seen from all car parks along the 12 km from Krimml to the pass summit. Technology and harmony form such a harmonious unity – you can virtually feel the love of passionate alpinist Franz Wallack for his mountains. Having arrived at the apex of the alpine road, the panoramic view of numerous summits to the north and south is worthwhile.

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Multifaceted mountain nature along the pass road from Salzburg to Tyrol

The mountains are certainly not short on charms along the Gerlos Alpine Road. Europe’s highest waterfalls with their unique biota, mystical moorlands in the Sieben Möster Gerlosplatte preservation area, the recreational area around the Durlassboden reservoir lake and, above all, the craggy summits of the High Tauern and the Kitzbühel Alps: driving from Salzburg’s Pinzgau to Tyrol couldn’t be any more beautiful! Rest areas and a playground along the Gerlos Alpine Road invite you to stay a while. Tip: visit the WasserWelten Krimml and the world-famous Krimml Waterfalls before or after your drive across the Gerloss pass. Here you will learn interesting and fascinating facts about the fifth-highest waterfalls in the world and nature at High Tauern National Park.

The Gerlos Road: your journey to the Zillertal Arena ski region

Unlike the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the Gerlos Alpine Road is also open to traffic in winter, allowing you to reach the extensive Zillertal Arena ski and winter sport region from Zell am Ziller or Mittersill. 139 km of slopes are connected with 51 mountain railways and lifts up to an altitude of 2,500 m, while snow parks, fun parks, ski movie trails, speed check downhill slopes and photo points ensure lots of variety during every minute of your holiday. The Zillertal Arena consists of the ski regions Zell am Ziller, Gerlos-Königsleiten-Hochkrimml, Gerlosstein and Ramsberg. During the ski season, it is sometimes possible to use the Gerlos Alpine Road for free. Find all details in the fact sheet, which you can conveniently download here!


All information for your drive or motorbike ride on the Gerlos Alpine Road: opening hours and prices online!