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The longest and most splendid alpine highway in Europe, and one of the biggest tourist attractions on the continent is Grossglocknerstrasse. It's believed that this was the same route through the Alps used by the Romans, although this was forgotten until 1930, when engineers building the highway discovered remains of the work their road-building predecessors did some 19 centuries earlier. The existing road was built between 1930 and 1935. The highway runs for nearly 48km, beginning at Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse (Federal State Salzburg) at 757m to Guttal and Heiligenblut (1 301m.) in Carinthia. The actual mountain part of the road stretches for some 22km, usually at about 1,983m, the highest point (Hochtor) at 2 504m. It has a maximum gradient of 12%.

350 men shovelled 250 000m3 of snow in an average of 70 days to clear at least one lane of the road in the years 1936 and 1937. Since 1953 the rotary ploughs – Wallack system – and several GROHAG specialists clear in 25 days each year in April the 600 000m3 to 800 000m3 of snow between walls of snow up to 21 metres high.

On the picture you can see a part of the road with Schober Group (highest peak: Petzeck, 3 283m) in the background. (Taken from Edelweißspitze, click on the map and then on "-" to have an overview.) I read but never believed to be so difficult to take an acceptable photo in snowy alpine environment - hopefully you will find it not too bad.

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Additional Photos by Laszlo Koenig (Jakab) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 449 W: 213 N: 1282] (3867)
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