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Old October 26th, 2007, 05:10 PM   #181
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I like traffic jams in the middle of nowhere.
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Old October 27th, 2007, 02:02 AM   #182
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i think it because when i first traveled to Austria, i've been expecting thousands of tunnels and viaducts and alpine surrounding, and it was missing at my trip to Wien
If it's mountains, tunnels and viaducts you want, you should rather go via SI, Trieste, Brenner, A12-Germany-A1. The east of Austria is nice and cosy, but not (that) spectacular.

btw, I'm really looking forward to my A2 trip on Mon. Both because of the road and the destination: Venice! For the 13th time! Love it! You can expect a trip report in the CS&SL section, of course.
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Old October 27th, 2007, 02:08 AM   #183
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^ Will you please also take pictures of Italian motorways? And if you'll by any chance drive all the way to Venice (not parking in Mestre and taking boat), please take photos of the dyke (Straßendamm ) to Venice.
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Old October 27th, 2007, 02:34 AM   #184
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Yeah, detailed picture threads about Italian Autostrades are rare. Italian pics will be really appreciated!
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Old October 27th, 2007, 02:58 AM   #185
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Will you please also take pictures of Italian motorways? And if you'll by any chance drive all the way to Venice (not parking in Mestre and taking boat), please take photos of the dyke (Straßendamm ) to Venice.
I know what a dyke is... C'mon...
I'll try my best.
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Old October 27th, 2007, 03:03 AM   #186
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oh yes, please, take photos from italian A23!!! and austrian A2 west from Graz is rare
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Old October 27th, 2007, 03:30 AM   #187
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^ Yeah, I miss photos of A2 west of Graz, haven't even driven there yet.

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Yeah, detailed picture threads about Italian Autostrades are rare. Italian pics will be really appreciated!
What do you give me to picture Trieste bypass?
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Old November 4th, 2007, 12:17 PM   #188
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Old November 4th, 2007, 01:01 PM   #189
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As promised:

A2 - Südautobahn
(Vienna-Thörl-Maglern/Italian border)
Length: 377,3 km (longest motorway in AT)
Provinces: Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria, Carinthia

[IMG]http://i3.************/2v18aw2.jpg[/IMG]

Entering A2 from Triester Straße in Vienna:
[IMG]http://i5.************/66xc0n7.jpg[/IMG]

Just a few hundred m south of the northern end of A2:
Vösendorf interchange (S1 - Außenringschnellstraße/A21 - Außenringautobahn)
[IMG]http://i4.************/5xseikw.jpg[/IMG]

A little later, already outside of Vienna, the next interchange follows, in this case in Guntramsdorf (A3 - Süd-Ost-Autobahn)
[IMG][IMG]http://i6.************/4qgvhb6.jpg[/IMG][/IMG]

Cruising through Lower Austria near Wr.Neustadt, approaching the hills and mountains:
[IMG][IMG]http://i4.************/4uuhyyu.jpg[/IMG][/IMG]

Bruck a.d. Mur interchange (S6 - Semmering-Schnellstraße)
[IMG]http://i13.************/4uln0o3.jpg[/IMG]

The so called Wechselgebiet, the hilly area between Lower Austria, Styria and Burgenland:
[IMG]http://i9.************/4lrw5kl.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i5.************/67g5tfa.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i17.************/4xzi81h.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i18.************/63uct2d.jpg[/IMG]

Three lanes as we get closer to Graz:
[IMG]http://i9.************/6hd6m3r.jpg[/IMG]

Exit Graz-Ost (city center):
[IMG]http://i17.************/53re9ub.jpg[/IMG]

Graz-West interchange (A9 - Pyhrnautobahn)
[IMG]http://i10.************/6bcj4tu.jpg[/IMG]

Now Klagenfurt is the main destination:
[IMG]http://i13.************/4muic28.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i5.************/63d01fo.jpg[/IMG]

Herzogbergtunnel (2093m), one of many tunnels along this section between Styria and Carinthia, aka "Packabschnitt":
[IMG]http://i15.************/5ysvgbr.jpg[/IMG]

These crash barriers are so totally not shiny, even though the construction ended only in June:
[IMG]http://i11.************/4pd03zc.jpg[/IMG]

Kalcherkogeltunnel (I think) (1993m):
[IMG]http://i19.************/6g1bm9d.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i12.************/6bei4ok.jpg[/IMG]

Weather in Carinthia couldn't compare to Styrian weather... (I never really liked Carinthia, anyway )
[IMG]http://i17.************/53zvcs8.jpg[/IMG]

Only very few construction sites along A2 today:
[IMG]http://i12.************/4ukitmb.jpg[/IMG]

A REALLY wide truck:
[IMG]http://i4.************/4zj2rgy.jpg[/IMG]

Klagenfurther Nordumfahrung (bypass), opened in the nineties, making it the youngest part of A2 features a lot of tunnels:
[IMG]http://i9.************/4qzkio2.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i12.************/6hgl5hz.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i13.************/66wf2f5.jpg[/IMG]

West of Klagenfurt, the motorway follows the Wörthersee:
[IMG]http://i12.************/5xj6hl1.jpg[/IMG]

Making use of the rest area, one of the finest in Austria IMO:
[IMG]http://i11.************/4t9fbih.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i2.************/2ekjipv.jpg[/IMG]

The view from the parking lot:
[IMG]http://i16.************/6f9upmc.jpg[/IMG]

On the road again. The Karawanken mountains to the left mark the border to Slovenia:
[IMG]http://i2.************/5218n5f.jpg[/IMG]

Villach interchange (A10 - Tauernautobahn, A11 - Karawankenautobahn):
[IMG]http://i17.************/6fpvvad.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i4.************/5ymd6oi.jpg[/IMG]

The Dobratsch (you notice how big Slavic influence in Carinthia is. Dobratsch=Dobrač. Jörg, see that?), one of the most striking geographic points of interests along A2:
[IMG]http://i19.************/4zu7v5h.jpg[/IMG]

Arnoldstein, the last exit in Austria:
[IMG]http://i3.************/2yoe3c4.jpg[/IMG]

Already blinded by the Italian sun, only a hundred meters to go:
[IMG]http://i1.************/4vi4emr.jpg[/IMG]

Benvenuti in Italia:
[IMG]http://i3.************/6baayrr.jpg[/IMG]
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Old November 4th, 2007, 01:10 PM   #190
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Very nice stuff

I think the designations "Italien" "Slowenien" etc are a bit outdated, the time of the iron curtain and extensive border checks are (almost) over, time to sign some real destinations! (Ljubljana and Údine/Venezia/Trieste).

However, i'm still not too keen on the signage. Too many different fonts and sizes. However, it's still much better then the Italian signage.
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Old November 4th, 2007, 01:17 PM   #191
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great report! do u like more Austrian or italian motorways?
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Old November 4th, 2007, 01:23 PM   #192
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khm, i admit, A2 can be nice even at W-G section, especially when we have such a great reporter!! well done!!

btw, do you have some pics from italian side?
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Old November 4th, 2007, 02:09 PM   #193
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Thanks all!

I will post some Italian A23 pictures later.
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Old November 4th, 2007, 04:14 PM   #194
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Very nice pictures of a great section!
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Old November 4th, 2007, 06:44 PM   #195
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Super gut!! The Wien - Graz section is in no way boring, especially not in autumn/fall. And thanks also for the section west of Graz, I know it's full of tunnels. I really appreciate your making of a big motorway picture of Austria! (anyone understood this sentence? ) IIRC, the Klagenfurt bypass was concrete when it opened (I haven't driven there since), but it's obviously asphalt now. Btw, where's Jörg's Laibach?
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Btw, where's Jörg's Laibach?
well, he's been climbing on a crane and replacing Ljubljana with Slowenien, nicht? there was no Laibach
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^ He threw out Udine too. Supposedly it didn't sound German enough.
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Old November 4th, 2007, 08:53 PM   #198
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Perhaps "Udin" or even better "Odin" would be more of his taste?
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Old November 4th, 2007, 10:05 PM   #199
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^ In Friulian?
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Old November 4th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #200
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Perhaps "Udin" or even better "Odin" would be more of his taste?
I guess so ... Vikings in Italy !!! Val Halla also sounds suspiciously Italian to me!

Yeah, Udin is in Friulian... which is also a Romance language, so I guess Odin might indeed be a better alternative for Mr. Haider.
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