The route of the Kaunertal Glacier Road mainly runs along old tracks: early on there was a pilgrim trail from the Kaltenbrunn (place of pilgrimage) in the Kaunertal Valley (Tyrol, Austria) via Weisseejoch (2,960 m) to Melagg in Langtauferer Valley (South Tyrol, Italy). Pilgrims and pilgrimage routes often follow ancient paths and historic roads that date way back to the Middle Ages.
Today, the drive on the Kaunertal Glacier Road is a popular tourist destination for coach passengers, motorcyclists, car travellers and cyclists. About 150,000 people come to visit one of Austria’s most beautiful high Alpine roads each year in summer alone. Get to know the Kaunertal Glacier Road, as well as all the sights and natural attractions along the way. Your summer holiday in Tyrol will be an unforgettable experience. 3:36pm
Travelling by Postbus
In the 1930s, a trip on the postal bus, or Postbus, to the Gepatschhaus (mountain hut) was a tourist attraction. There has been a Postbus line from Feichten to the Gepatschhaus since 1932; back then it travelled over gravelly mountain trails and meadows. 3:36pm
Construction of the Gepatsch Reservoir
Between 1961 and 1965, the Tyrolean electricity company, Tiroler Wasserkraft AG (TIWAG), built Europe’s highest natural rockfill dam in the Kaunertal (storage capacity of 140 million litres, 160-metre high rockfill wall). The road from Feichten to the Gepatschhaus was extended and paved in the course of this construction. 3:36pm
Development of the Kaunertaler Glacier
From 1979 to 1980, the Kaunertal Glacier Road was extended from the reservoir up to the glacier restaurant at 2,750 meters altitude, so as to make the glacier ski resort accessible to skiers.