Kals expects you at Mt. Grossglockner, the “King of the Eastern Alps” and with 3,798 m a.s.l. the highest peak of Austria.
Altitude: 1,325 m a.s.l.
The picturesque village of Kals (Slav.: mud, puddle) is characterised by a lively history. Already in Stone Age, the area was inhabited by hunters and gatherers. This is what findings on a rock near the hamlet of Burg, including ibex pates aligned circularly round a fireplace, prove.
Kals am Grossglockner puts emphasis on customs and traditions: there are theatre performances on a regular basis and the treasury of songs is kept alive by a number of associations. Moreover the local museum, the "Glocknermuseum", provides an insight into the articles of daily use and traditional costumes of bygone times.
Its position transforms Kals am Grossglockner into a Mecca for those who love the mountains: the Glockner panoramic road takes you to a car park, which is also the starting point for hikes to this famous mountain. Many also gather to take a look at the Grossglockner - and you won't forget this view! Even in the emblem the mountain is eternalised. However, the mountains also characterise the offer in winter: the Grossglockner Resort Kals-Matrei ski region features 43.5 km of ski slopes and 18 lift facilities.
Our recommendation: in the valley there are the last six preserved and restaured mills that still grind corn! The open air museum can be reached on a path across the forest. Moreover every July there is the "Kalser Mühlenfest", a festival dedicated to these mills.