Experience: Malta High Alpine Road-Kölnbreinsperre

Through the valley of crashing water past Carinthia’s highest waterfall along the Malta High Alpine Road to one of Carinthia’s most popular excursion destinations, the Kölnbreinsperre, Austria’s tallest dam!

The Malta High Alpine Road is one of the most beautiful alpine roads in Carinthia and leads up to one of the most impressive structures in our country: the Kölnbreinsperre situated at 1,902 metres above sea level. Austria’s highest dam with the wonderful Kölnbrein reservoir is one of the most popular excursion destinations in Carinthia. 

Once you’ve arrived at the excursion destination, you’ll find the impressive Kölnbreinsperre, with the Airwalk viewing platform, the exhibitions of the VERBUND Energy World Malta, an information point with souvenir shop and the Berghotel Malta with the Hochalm panoramic restaurant.

The car park at the Kölnbreinsperre is the ideal departure point for many hiking routes and mountain tours in the region.


2024 SEASON: 11 May to 27 October

Daily from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Dear guests, your safety is important to us!
The start of season can therefore change at any time due to the weather or avalanche situation. Please check the current conditions before travelling to our excursion destination, especially in the months of May and October.

Two sets of traffic lights have been installed at the narrowest points on the Malta High Alpine Road for your safety.

Tip: The first set of traffic lights is right by the Maralmbach waterfall. The maximum waiting time is 22 minutes. That gives you time to view the Maralmbach
waterfall. A waiting time information board is located right next to the waterfall. So you won't miss the green phase. The waiting time at the second set of traffic lights is much shorter. From here, you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kölnbreinsperre and the Galgenbichl reservoir. A popular photo motif!

Dear visitors! We are making our excursion destination more attractive for you. A new store is currently being built and renovation work is being carried out in the hotel area. There may therefore be short-term traffic obstructions. There are also restrictions on parking spaces. The parking lot has therefore been extended in the Kölnbreinstüberl area. On busy days, we ask you to use the parking lot at the “Damm High” via ferrata directly below the hotel and take a 5-minute walk. Tickets for the dam wall tour are available until the end of May at the reception in the Berghotel, from June onwards there will be a sales container at the bus parking lot. Please pay attention to the signs.



Mautstelle Malta Hochalmstraße Malta High Alpine Road

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Berghotel Malta VERBUND Tourismus GmbH

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Malta Hochalmstrasse

Malta High Alpine Road

The Malta High Alpine Road was originally built as a construction road for the Kölnbreinsperre and later opened to normal traffic as a tourist attraction.
The 14.4 kilometre-long alpine road leads up to the Kölnbreinsperre through tunnels and switchbacks carved out of the rock and past thundering waterfalls. The approach to the popular excursion destination is itself an impressive experience in a class of its own.


Kölnbreinsperre excursion destination

Austria’s highest dam is an architectural masterpiece. With a height of 200 metres and a width of 626 metres, the Kölnbreinsperre is the largest dam in Austria. Learn more about the history of the dam’s construction in the exhibition VERBUND Energy World Malta, enjoy the incomparable view from the Airwalk viewing platform or join a guided tour through the Kölnbreinsperre.

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Bungy Jumping Kölnbreinsperre

Events & activities

Whether motorcycle blessing, bungee jumping or experience day, the events at the Kölnbreinsperre dam are something very special, if only for the impressive backdrop. Mountain fans, bikers, people with an interest in technology, families or experience-seekers – everyone gets their money’s worth at the Kölnbreinsperre dam.

Berghotel Malta in Kärnten

Group offers Malta High Alpine Road

Travel groups and schools are warmly welcome to visit our excursion destination. Go on a guided tour through Austria’s highest dam, the Kölnbreinsperre, or enjoy some culinary pampering in our panorama restaurant.
Malta dam and hotel

Berghotel Malta

Also located at the Kölnbreinsperre is the Berghotel Malta with the Hochalm panoramic restaurant.

Be pampered with the cuisine as you enjoy the incomparable view from the Hochalm panoramic restaurant in one of the most beautiful places in Carinthia. Or stay overnight in an extraordinary location at 1,933 metres above sea level in the Hohe Tauern National Park.

Prices Malta High Alpine Road 2023

Day ticket CAR  € 24.00
 MOTORHOME  € 31.00
 3-week ticket  € 51.00
 Season ticket  €115.00
 Kärnten Card holders  Free
Passenger without Kärnten Card  € 6.00

Please note that there is a general ban on camping in the entire area along the Malta High Alpine Road and on the motorhome parking area at the Kölnbreinsperre!

Day ticket € 17.00 
3-week ticket € 41.00
Kärnten Card holders  Free
Passenger without Kärnten Card € 6.00
Day ticket per adult € 8.00 
Day ticket per child from 6-15 years € 6.00
Kärnten Card holders  Free

Combined offers for groups / toll charge & lunch at Berghotel Malta

Day ticket per adult    Price
Toll charge & coffee and cake at Berghotel Malta  € 16.00
Toll charge & lunch  2-course menu at Berghotel Malta  € 29.00
Toll charge & lunch  3-course menu at Berghotel Malta  € 30.00

Detailed information about our group offers can be found here.


*TOUR GROUP: A group is considered to be at least 15 paying people. Above this number, the booked package incl. all services is free of charge for the bus driver and tour leader! The group offer is valid exclusively for groups travelling by coach. Single trips by car are not considered to be a travel group.

Admission per adult  € 9.00
Children up to 5 years  Free
Admission per child from 6-15 years  € 7.00

The dam wall tours take place daily in frequent intervals.
Please call tel. +43 50 313 39 129 or +43 50 313 39 131.

Collaborating partners

Use the discounted advance-sale tickets, which you can purchase from our collaborating partners such as Motorradland Kärnten, Gemeinde Malta Gästekarte.

Kärnten Card 

The Kärnten Card grants the holder free use of the Malta High Alpine Road. Other people travelling in the same vehicle without a Kärnten Card pay €6.00/person. 

Overnight accommodation

You can also enjoy discounts when you stay overnight along the Malta High Alpine Road at the Berghotel Malta, in chalets or guesthouses. Please make inquiries with your host in advance. Refunds are not possible.  

Gift vouchers

Give a voucher for a visit to the Malta High Alpine Road and Kölnbreinsperre dam or for an overnight stay in a mountain hotel. Browse through our voucher offers and give someone a special kind of mountain experience. 


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