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The Alps are Europe's major range of mountains, spanning across several European countries. As such, a considerable area of Austria is part of this mountain range. Accordingly hiking, skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing is a favourite pastime when holidaying.
The clean air, spectacular sights, lakes and glaciers and well-tended trails and hikes contribute to the Alps allure and attract numerous tourists and visitors.
Mt Grossglockner is Austria's highest peak featuring a spectacular glacier ('Pasterze') and a 50 km long panoramic road, which is easily accessible in the summertime and offers some of the most spectacular views in Austria. The 'Hohe Tauern' National park was established to protect the fragile ecosystem of the most fantastic areas surrounding Mt Grossglockner.
Eisriesenwelten are the largest accessible ice caves in the world. Its frozen waterfalls and elaborate ice formations can be admired on guided tours taking you for 75 minutes into a fascinating world. Its caves and passages adorned with frozen stalagmites and other ice formations are named after famous characters in Norse mythology. The enormous caves are located in the proximity of Werfen, an easy distance from Salzburg.