Driving up to Grossglockner – one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world

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If you are a regular reader of our travel blog, you have probably noticed, we are totally in love with traveling with our Toyota Landcruiser. But not long ago, we had the chance to test the new Toyota Yaris Hybrid.

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Our partner in crime – Toyota yaris Hybrid (Austria travel)

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It was cold, rainny and snowy, but it is always fun on a roadtrip (Austria travel)

Well, we would rather test one of their 4×4, but hey, we said to give it a try and see what this so called city car can manage. We were thinking where to go to test Toyota Yaris Hybrid, when the answer popped up – let’s do a roadtrip to Austria – to Lienz town and explore its mountain road up to Grossglockner.

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The road to Grossglockner is trully one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world (Austria travel)

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We drove straight into winter (Austria travel)

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The weather conditions did not look like summer, eventhough we were there in June (Austria travel)

Our roadtrip to Grossglockner was not just special because of the brand new Toyota Yaris Hybrid, but also because we staid the night in one of the best hotels in Austria – The Grand Hotel Lienz. This luxury 5 star hotel was truly amazing for our weekend getaway.

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The Grand Hotel Lienz was recognized as one of the best hotels in Austria (austria travel)

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We spent a night in the beautiful luxury hotel Grand Hotel Lienz (Austria travel)

We were hoping for a nice sunny weather, as the views should be amazing, but instead of the sun, we were welcomed with cold and rainy day. Oh well, maybe these weather conditions were even better to put the Toyota Yaris Hybrid truly to the test.

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Our weekend roadtrip with Toyota Yaris Hybrid to Lienz and Grossglockner (Austria travel)

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Even to a bad weather, we managed to get some beautiful views (Austria travel)

We might have not had the perfect views, but even though the drive up to the windy road was a great fun and unique adventure. If we would have sun, it might already be too perfect.

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Beautiful scenery at the road to Grossglockner (Austria travel)

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Oh yes, mountains can be very inpredictable – we had snow at Grossglockner (Austria travel)

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We don’t like winter, but this looks gorgeous (Austria travel)

Practical tips for traveling to Grossglockner

  • For driving on the alpine road to Grossglockner, you will need to pay 35€ (car) or 25€ (motorbike).

  • If you want to stay overnight in Lienz or its surroundings, there are lots of hotels and guesthouses available for every budget (The guesthouses start at 50€ for a double bed with breakfast – check out the accommodations here). If you really want to spend a real romantic weekend getaway, you can go all the way and stay at the beautiful Grand Hotel Lienz. You won’t be sorry and that’s a promise.
    Staying close to nature, you might want to pitch your tent at one of its many camping grounds –we really liked the camping ground at the foothill of a small lake and just 4 kilometers far from Lienz. (Coordinates: 46.48.24.4 / 012.48.10.4)
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We loved the old houses in Lienz main square (Austria travel)

  • Food at Austria’s countryside should always taste good, but if you want to join local food with superb mountain views, you might consider eating at the Dolomitenhuette. The only bad thing about the Dolomitenhuette is payable road to reach it – 8€/car.

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Our lunch at Dolomitenhuette (Austria travel)

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The Dolomitenhuette terrace has amazing views (Austria travel)

  • We closed our weekend roadtrip with a coffee in the center of Lienz, which is a really cute town for a short walk around. We even got a bit lucky and had some sunshine before going back home.
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Colorful Lienz (Austria travel)

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Walking around the old town of Lienz (Austria travel)

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From winter and snow in the mountains to summer and palm-trees in Lienz (Austria travel)

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Finally – some sunny time in Lienz (Austria travel)

Toyota Yaris Hybrid might be a small city car, but nevertheless the whole roadtrip with it was very enjoyable. No matter what kind of a car you owe, you are the only one, who stands on your way… But to be totally honest with you, the best car for our travel style and love for off-road adventures is still our one and only Toyota Landcruiser.

Video – Roadtrip Grossglockner and Lienz, Austria

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