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Heiligenblut is a village of 1,000 people (2018) in Carinthia (Kärnten) at one end of one of Austria's most scenic roads.

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Main square

Heiligenblut is located in a high valley of the High Tauern range within the Central Eastern Alps. It is at the foot of the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria, and of the Pasterze Glacier. Neighbouring peaks include the Johannisberg and the Fuscherkarkopf in the north, both part of the Alpine divide marking the Carinthia-Salzburg border.

The construction of the nearby railway tunnel to the Fleißalm mountain area at 1,798 m (5,899 ft) is unique in Europe. The 1.6 km-long (1-mile) tunnel is filled with water during the summer but serves as a railway tunnel leading to the Fleißalm winter sports region in winter.

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Church of Heiligenblut
  • Pfarr- und Wallfahrtskirche Heilige Vinzenz – Gothic pilgrimage church dedicated to Saint Vincent of Saragossa, built 1460-1491.
  • Apriacher Stockmühlen
  • Großglockner – the highest mountain (3,798 m) of Austria.
  • Heiligenblut-Roßbach-Schareck cable car climbs up to 2,606 m (8,550 ft),
  • an open-air museum,
  • the Stockmühlen mills in Apriach with nine flume mills
  • Lake Kachelsee to the west, the Möll, Gößnitz and Leiter waterfalls, the Margaritzen reservoir, and Lake Sandersee.

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View from Glockner road
  • 1 Großglockner High Alpine Road (Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße). Enjoy the views from this toll road (€35.50 per car) across the central alpine chain, connecting Fusch and Heiligenblut. Built in 1935, it is one of Austria's most scenic roads. Many parking areas and visitor platforms provide breathtaking views of the high alpine scenery on Austria's highest mountain, Großglockner (literally:Big Bell), its largest glacier, Pasterze glacier, and many other features. The road rises up to 2503 m above sea level and is only open from the beginning of May until the beginning of November. During the rest of the year it is covered with huge amounts of snow. There are two dead end roads that both end in scenic viewpoints. One goes to the 2571-m-high Edelweißspitze, the other one to the visitor center on Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2369 m) with views to the Pasterze glacier and Großglockner. The road is closed between 21:30 and 05:00 in the high season (between 15th of June and 15th of September) and between 20:00 and 06:00 otherwise. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing. Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Q694270) on Wikidata Grossglockner High Alpine Road on Wikipedia

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