Austria, with the highest peaks in Europe and the fastest skiers after the Liechtensteiners… almost like Switzerland. But there are rumours that the Austrians are much friendlier and more open-minded than the Swiss. Is it true? 😉 Anyway, the Grossglockner is the highest mountain in Austria with an altitude of 3798 m above sea level. The prominent peak made of rocks of the green slate facies belongs to the Glockner group, a mountain range in the middle part of the Hohe Tauern, and is considered one of the most important peaks of the Eastern Alps. To this day it is of great importance for tourism in the region and with more than 5000 summit ascents per year it is a popular destination for mountaineers.