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Grossglockner High Alpine Road Info

We are driving from Salzburg to Innsbruck on the 14th of October, and were planning en-route to drive the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. I have looked at the maps, and it appears the High Alpine Road is a road, which you drive up and back on, returning to the road, you departed from between Salzburg and Innsbruck. Is this correct?

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Yes,you access the road near Zell am See and you can stop at Lienz on the South end of the road and you can continue on to Italy.
Mike

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I have looked at the maps, and it appears the High Alpine Road is a road, which you drive up and back on, returning to the road, you departed from between Salzburg and Innsbruck. Is this correct?

Yes if you are headed to Innsbruck it's better to return to Zell am See instead of taking the big detour via South Tyrol and Brenner pass. I'd go southward as far as Heiligenbluth and then return. You need a day pass (€35.50) or, considering that you will drive the Gerlos pass same day, a 3-state-tour ticket (€49). All infos here.
Alternatively, you could do a round trip: go south from Salzburg over A10 and (avoiding the both long tunnels) the scenic Radstädter Tauern and Katschberg passes to Spittal an der Drau then along B106 to the west (direction Lienz); you will end up at the south end of the Großglockner road a fews miles south of Heiligenblut. Driving north you will end up in Zell am See.