Full of curves and breathtakingly beautiful

Austria's highest dam is located at 1,933 m - the Kölnbrein Dam. Just getting there is already an adventure: A thrilling ride along the 14.4 km long Malta Hochalmstrasse panoramic road, characterised by rock tunnels and hairpin turns.

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.


2021 season: 8 May to 26 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.

The rules for managing COVID-19 apply at the VERBUND excursion destinations. In particular, we ask our guests to follow the rules on social distancing and – where required – to wear a mask (e.g. in our exhibition rooms, on the tour of the dam). Where possible, we will help you to support the rules – please also help us with this. The situation makes it necessary to adjust procedures, activities and offerings. We are doing our best to create an optimal visitor experience and apologise in advance if some of the offerings are not available in the usual form. The announcements and events can only take place if they can be implemented on a legal and organisational basis.



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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.

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Berghotel Malta

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.

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Prices Malta High Alpine Road 2021

Day ticket  € 20.00
 3-week ticket  € 35.00
 Season ticket  € 99.00
 Kärnten Card holders  Free
Passenger without Kärnten Card  € 5.00

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 € 13.00 
3-week ticket  € 30.00
Kärnten Card holders  Free
Passenger without Kärnten Card € 5.00
Day ticket per adult € 6.00 
Day ticket per child from 6-15 years € 4.50
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  € 13.00
Toll charge & lunch  2-course menu at Berghotel Malta  € 20.50
Toll charge & lunch  3-course menu at Berghotel Malta  € 22.00

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  € 8.00
Children up to 5 years  Free
Admission per child from 6-15 years  € 5.00

The dam tours are held daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, every hour on the hour.

Collaborating partners

Use the discounted advance-sale tickets, which you can purchase from our collaborating partners such as Motorradland Kärnten, Gemeinde Malta Gästekarte or from the motorist clubs ÖAMTC, ARBÖ and ADAC

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 €5.00/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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