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Old August 4th, 2007, 12:40 PM   #101
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What idiot is gonna drive today that route?
Germans.




Especially people from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg today, whose holidays began last weekend. I just fail to see why they always come in waves and don't drive on weekdays? They basically lose their weekends on Austrian motorways.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 01:32 AM   #102
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A8 - Innkreisautobahn



Length: 77.4 km
Province: Upper Austria

A trip SE - NW (Voralpenkreuz interchange/A1/A9 - German border):

Coming from the east on A1. Knoten Voralpenkreuz ("Pre-Alpine interchange") links A1 (Vienna-Salzburg, E-W), A9 (Villach-Voralpenkreuz, S-N) and A8 (Voralpenkreuz-Schärding/Suben, SE-NW).

A9 actually just continues towards the north and changes its name. Traffic from A1 is being led in via extra lanes.




A9 to the left, A8 to the right:


Voralpenkreuz rest area, accessible from all three (two-and-a-half, actually) motorways:


Arriving on A8. This stretch ("Welser Westspange", 11 km) between Voralpenkreuz/Sattlest and Wels-West were only opened in 2003, so it's among the youngest sections in Austria. The rest (Wels-West - Germany) was opened in the 80s.


Like with most contemporary motorways in my awkward little country, there are tons of "noise abatement" tunnels. (Read as: incredibly unnecessary and hilariously expensive tunnels in absolutely flat and hardly populated parts of the country... )






Announcing Wels interchange (A25/Welser Autobahn - A8/Innkreisautobahn). A25 takes you back to A1.


A25 to the right.


A8 kind of merges into A25, not the other way round:








Don't you just love these left lane queues...? And trucks overtaking trucks with about 5 km/h more...?


Despite being in Germany, Passau is somehow the most prominently featured town on A8's signs, probably to reassure all the German drivers that they are really on their way home.
Schärding (last significant town in Austria) and Suben (last exit before the border) are added to the list. (Note the exit for Braunau am Inn, Hitler's birthplace. Apart from that, it's a lovely place.)


Typical Innviertel (Northwestern Upper Austrian) landscape, fortunately the view is not obstructed by the omnipresent noise barriers I hate them so much!!!




There's no way back! We passed the last exit in Austria and are now doomed to go to Germany. God bless Schengen!




It seems so absurd today that, not so long ago, there were passport controls and customs and stuff...


Crossing the river Inn and the border:


Welcome to Germany, welcome to Bavaria, welcome to A3.


Hope you enjoyed our trip!
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Old August 5th, 2007, 07:13 AM   #103
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excellent pictures, austrian motorways look amazing! i hope someone can post pics of the motorway through the Brenner Pass... THAT would be awesome!
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Old August 5th, 2007, 11:32 AM   #104
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Excellent report, thanks!

I'm confusing seeing Graz on the signs, you were driving northbound, right? I expected Graz only on the southbound signs.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 01:04 PM   #105
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Graz is only on the signs right after the interchange exit from A1, where you have to decide for A9 (southbound, Graz) or A8 (northbound, Passau). Look at the pics again, compare with my commentary, and your confusion will vanish.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 01:11 PM   #106
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Coming from the east on A1.
Ah i missed that

I thought you were coming from the south
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Old August 13th, 2007, 12:48 AM   #107
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S6 - Semmering Schnellstraße



Length: 105 km
Provinces: Lower Austria, Styria

An eastbound trip from Seebenstein interchange (A2) to St.Michael interchange (A9/S36).

Coming from A2, southbound, Bruck a.d. Mur is the only bigger town on the sign:


Approaching the mountainous Semmering area between Lower Austria and Styria:


A lovely stretch of curves and turns towards the provincial boundary:


Clouds hanging low today:


Passing the town of Gloggnitz:


Crossing Schottwien bridge, at 130m height one of the highest eastern Austrian motorway bridges, opened in 1989:


That mountain is Hirschenkogel and it's been raped and abused by tourism... Skiing, mountain biking, a luge track, a lookout tower. And all that in the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site.


Semmering tunnel (3474m), a very controversial issue, since it links two provinces. Styria and Lower Austria fought fiercely about financial and environmental issues but in the end, the tunnel was opened a few years back. Finally.


Inside the tunnel, very close to the actual border:


Steiermark - Das grüne Herz Österreichs.
(Styria - Austria's green heart)




Construction work for the second tube of Ganzsteintunnel is under way, opening is planned for 2009:


Right after the tunnel, it's 2/2 again:




Traffic was pretty good...








Approaching Bruck an der Mur interchange (S6/S35):




After Bruck:


Along the railway line:


Rails crossing the motorway:


The mining and industrial city of Leoben:


St.Michael interchange:
We leave here for A9, northbound (Linz).
If we drove straight, we'd get to S36, which is basically the same road with a different name.






Hopefully you enjoyed our ride!
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Old August 14th, 2007, 09:10 AM   #108
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Why doesn't this road have an A-number? It just looks made on autobahnstandards (apart from that tunnel with a singel tube). On the 13th photo there's even a sign that says it's a motorway.
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I think it has to do with environmental / procedure restrictions? A lot of other countries building roads that aren't motorways, but very close to it, like Czechia, Poland and Spain.
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Old August 14th, 2007, 09:51 AM   #110
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i like em'...thats real nice... it seems like theres no traffic at all....?
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I think it has to do with environmental / procedure restrictions? A lot of other countries building roads that aren't motorways, but very close to it, like Czechia, Poland and Spain.
i know for Czech Rep. that their standard for "R" roads (expressway) is almost the same as motorway standars in Europe, and their motorway standard has wider SOS lanes.

btw, great photos of S6!!

i can use it while traveling to Wien, but i have never done it, dunno why - i allways use boring A2. next time i'm definitely going to S35/S6
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Old August 14th, 2007, 04:17 PM   #112
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Why doesn't this road have an A-number? It just looks made on autobahnstandards (apart from that tunnel with a singel tube). On the 13th photo there's even a sign that says it's a motorway.
Hard to explain, even I don't fully understand it...

Generally, Schnellstraßen (S) have speed limits of 100 km/h as they were not planned as Autobahnen (A). Now, some S were enhanced and transformed to A standards (hence the 130 limit, like on Autobahnen). S6 was one of them, it's just that nobody bothered changing the designation... Most S planned today, however, meet A criteria and I suppose they use the term "Schnellstraße" to avoid "Autobahn", a word that usually kickstarts NIMBYs and environmentalists. That's how I see it.
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A1


Walserberg - Mondsee - (Vienna)

had to drive from Vorarlberg via Munich to Mondsee
(german pics other thread soon, austrian boarder to Mondsee below)





austria boarder "Walserberg" coming from germany.
boarder buildings itself can´t be seen
but i´ve no pictures because it was dark and raining.

from the opposite site as follows: (entering Autobahn at "Mondsee"")



straight ahead you could see "Salzburg"








behind the exit you can see the EM Stadium 2008












we leave Salzburg and get in direction "Walserberg" boarder






now we´re in germany



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Nice!
I'll probably be doing all of A1 when I'm going to Munich in Sept.
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excellent pictures, austrian motorways look amazing! i hope someone can post pics of the motorway through the Brenner Pass... THAT would be awesome!
Yeah... I got SOME pics of it from my holiday, all the way till Trento... (but I missed the Europa-Brücke). However uploading them is going to take forever at 10 KB/s , and I don't have the time right now, so I'll wait at least till I have access to 40 KB/s upload.
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I promised I would post some pictures from my trip last summer... so here is the first batch:

- A1:

These first 2 pictures are taken around Melk (you can see the impressive monastery),





And the rest are from the area around Salzburg (which is called Salzkammergut and there are some beautiful lakes there - unfortunately I couldn't take pics due to the annoying "super-safety" crashbarriers):



























Now we are heading towards Innsbruck, we have to cross the border into Germany and then reenter Austria:



That's it for now, more will be coming when I will have time. To continue the virtual voyage into Germany, please check out the German thread, I will post the next pictures there!

Thanks RawLee for helping me out with ImageShack!

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Old September 7th, 2007, 09:27 AM   #117
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When imageshack gives you the links,use the "direct link". But in that case,resize the pics to reasonable size,because 2000*1500 or such is way too big to show.
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800 px is fine in most cases.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 01:20 PM   #119
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When will be open new highway A6 in Austria?
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Nov 19, 2007
Looking forward to it!
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