Glockner Group

The Glockner Group[1] (German: Glocknergruppe) is a sub-group of the Austrian Central Alps in the Eastern Alps, and is located in the centre section of the High Tauern on the main chain of the Alps.

Glockner Group
Glockner Group from the north
Highest point
Elevation3,798 m above sea level (AA)
Location of the Glockner Group within the Eastern Alps
StatesEast Tyrol, Salzburg and Carinthia
Range coordinates47°04′30″N 12°41′40″E
Parent rangeHigh Tauern

The Glockner Group lies in Austria in the federal states of Salzburg, Tyrol and Carinthia. The three states meet at a tripoint on the summit of the Eiskögele (3,436 m (AA)).

The highest summit of the Glockner Group and also the highest peak in Austria is the Großglockner (3,798 m above sea level (AA)), which gives the mountain group its name. Considerable portions of the Glockner Group belong to the core zone of the High Tauern National Park. Also found in the Glockner Group is the Pasterze, the largest glacier in Austria.


The boundaries of the Glockner Group are defined as follows: the River Salzach from Uttendorf to Taxenbach; the Rauriser Tal to Wörth; Seidlwinkltal; Hochtor (Großglockner High Alpine Road); Tauernbach; Möll to its confluence with the Moosbach; Moosbach; Peischlachtörl; Peischlachbach; Kals am Großglockner; Kalser Bach; Dorfertal; Dorfersee; Kalser Tauern; Weißsee; Weißenbach; Grünsee; Enzingerboden; Stubachtal; Uttendorf.

Together with the Ankogel Group, the Goldberg Group, the Schober Group, the Kreuzeck Group, the Granatspitz Group, the Venediger Group, the Villgraten Mountains and the Rieserferner Group the Glockner Group forms the mountain range of the High Tauern.

Neighbouring ranges

The Glockner Group borders on the following ranges in the Alps:


The named three-thousanders in the Glockner Group:[2]

  • Großglockner, 3,798 m above sea level (AA)
  • Kleinglockner, 3,770 m above sea level (AA)
  • Glocknerwand, 3,721 m above sea level (AA)
  • Teufelshorn, 3,680 m above sea level (AA)
  • Großes Wiesbachhorn, 3,564 m above sea level (AA)
  • Romariswandköpfe, 3,511 m above sea level (AA)
  • Teufelskamp, 3,511 m above sea level (AA)
  • Schneewinkelkopf, 3,476 m above sea level (AA)
  • Johannisberg, 3,453 m above sea level (AA)
  • Eiskögele, 3,426 m above sea level (AA)
  • Klockerin, 3,425 m above sea level (AA)
  • Hinterer Bratschenkopf, 3,413 m above sea level (AA)
  • Vorderer Bratschenkopf, 3,401 m above sea level (AA)
  • Großer Bärenkopf, 3,396 m above sea level (AA)
  • Hoher Tenn, 3,360 m above sea level (AA)
  • Mittlerer Bärenkopf, 3,358 m above sea level (AA)
  • Hohe Dock, 3,348 m above sea level (AA)
  • Hohe Riffl, 3,338 m above sea level (AA)
  • Fuscherkarkopf, 3,331 m above sea level (AA)
  • Schneespitze, 3,317 m above sea level (AA)
  • Hohenwartkopf, 3,308 m above sea level (AA)
  • Kleines Wiesbachhorn, 3,283 m above sea level (AA)
  • Sinwelleck, 3,281 m above sea level (AA)
  • Gramul, 3,276 m above sea level (AA)
  • Vorderer Bärenkopf, 3,249 m above sea level (AA)
  • Schwerteck, 3,247 m above sea level (AA)
  • Kellerskopf, 3,239 m above sea level (AA)
  • Luisenkopf, 3,207 m above sea level (AA)
  • Hocheiser, 3,206 m above sea level (AA)
  • Kitzsteinhorn, 3,203 m above sea level (AA)
  • Hoher Kasten, 3,189 m above sea level (AA)
  • Schattseitköpfl, 3,182 m above sea level (AA)
  • Oberer Fochezkopf, 3,159 m above sea level (AA)
  • Kleiner Tenn, 3,158 m above sea level (AA)
  • Gamsspitze, 3,157 m above sea level (AA)
  • Breitkopf, 3,154 m above sea level (AA)
  • Totenkopf, 3,151 m above sea level (AA)
  • Bauernbrachkopf, 3,125 m above sea level (AA)
  • Schwarzköpfl, 3,124 m above sea level (AA)
  • Zwingkopf, 3,117 m above sea level (AA)
  • Freiwandkasten, 3,114 m above sea level (AA)
  • Schwertkopf, 3,099 m above sea level (AA)
  • Racherin, 3,092 m above sea level (AA)
  • Lange Wand, 3,087 m above sea level (AA)
  • Grieskogel, 3,066 m above sea level (AA)
  • Blaue Köpfe, 3,061 m above sea level (AA)
  • Freiwandspitz, 3,034 m above sea level (AA)
  • Wasserradkopf, 3,032 m above sea level (AA)
  • Kreuzwandspitze, 3,031 m above sea level (AA)
  • Spielmann, 3,027 m above sea level (AA)
  • Zollspitze, 3,024 m above sea level (AA)
  • Brennkogel, 3,018 m above sea level (AA)
  • Rifflkarkopf, 3,016 m above sea level (AA)
  • Kellerswand, 3,010 m above sea level (AA)
  • Kristallspitzl, 3,005 m above sea level (AA)


The region is well developed for tourism: The Großglockner High Alpine Road (and its branch to Franz Josefs Höhe), the road from Uttendorf to the Enzingerboden, the bus transfers to the reservoirs near Kaprun and the toll road from Kals am Großglockner to the Lucknerhaus enable cars and public transport to travel well into the mountains. A large number of Alpine huts offer accommodation for walkers and climbers:

  • Glocknerhaus, 2,132 m above sea level (AA)
  • Hofmanns Hut, 2,444 m above sea level (AA)
  • Oberwalder Hut, 2,973 m above sea level (AA)
  • Salm Hut, 2,644 m above sea level (AA)
  • Schwarzenberg Hut, 2,267 m above sea level (AA)
  • Ebmatten-Fürthermoaralm, 1,803 m above sea level (AA)
  • Erzherzog Johann Hut, 3,454 m above sea level (AA)
  • Gleiwitzer Hut, 2,172 m above sea level (AA)
  • Glorer Hut, 2,642 m above sea level (AA)
  • Heinrich Schwaiger Haus, 2,802 m above sea level (AA)
  • Krefeld Hut, 2,295 m above sea level (AA)
  • Stüdl Hut, 2,801 m above sea level (AA)
  • Franz Josefs Haus, 2,363 m above sea level (AA)
  • Fuschertörlhaus, 2,445 m above sea level (AA)
  • Luckner Hut, 2,241 m above sea level (AA)

Power generation

The power industry in Austrian and the Austrian Federal Railways use the water from the Glockner Group to generate electricity at the following locations Kaprun, Franz Josefs Höhe (Margaritze Reservoir) and Enzingerboden (Weißsee, Tauernmoossee).


  • German Alpine Club: Alpine Club Map No. 40 Glocknergruppe. 9th ed., Munich, 2006, ISBN 3-928777-87-4.


  1. Reynolds, Kev (2005). Walking in the Alps, 2nd ed., Cicerone, Singapore, p.409, ISBN 1-85284-261-X.
  2. ÖK50


  • Wolfgang Pusch: "Stau unterm Gipfelkreuz und Einsamkeit über den Wolken - alpine Möglichkeiten in der Glocknergruppe" in: Berg 2007 (Alpine Club Yearbook, Vol. 131) with Alpine Club map 40 of the Glocknergruppe, ISBN 3-937530-15-0, pp. 280–285.
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