Austria's highest mountain, the Großglockner, looks down majestically from the end of the Ködnitztal Valley in East Tirol. Mountaineers setting off to conquer its summit begin their adventure in this beautiful high alpine valley, where the spring flowers bloom early on the south-facing slopes.
Ibex, marmot, eagle – visitors to the Ködnitztal Valley may be lucky enough to see some of these wild alpine animals native to the Hohe Tauern National Park. Spring is the perfect time of year for a little nature watching, with the last patches of snow slowly melting away in the warm sun to reveal green pastures dotted with colourful crocuses. High above the end of the valley towers the mighty Großglockner. Left and right of the walking trail from the Lucknerhaus to the Lucknerhütte at 2,241m you will see plenty of trees in blossom. This walk is an excellent way to begin the hiking season as soon as the snows of winter have disappeared.