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Old September 7th, 2007, 06:03 PM   #121
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I like the asphalted sections of austria motorways, look way better and also feel better than the concrete sections.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #122
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A trip through Vienna on city motorways.



Beginning on Altmannsdorfer Ast, a branch of A23 - Südosttangente in the southwest of Vienna: (the red appendix on the map)

Before entering A23 from an ordinary street:


Altmannsdorfer Ast (motorway) to the right, Altmannsdorfer Straße, an urban arterial road to the left, continuing south:


Passing under Altmannsdorfer Str.:


Passing below the U6 metro tracks:


Inzersdorf interchange:
A2 - Südautobahn to the left, A23 to the right:




Onto the main part of A23:


A23 is infamous for its traffic jams, especially at rush hour:


The so-called Hansson-Kurve, named after the commieblock of the same name:


Favoriten exit:


Laaerbergtunnel, passing below a giant roundabout, know as "Verteilerkreis":


That's what it looks like up there, btw:




Slowly approaching another (artificial) tunnel:






Landstraße interchange:




Prater interchange (A23/A4)


Crossing the green area of the Prater:


Crossing the Danube:


Leaving A23 at Kaisermühlen interchange for A22 (Donauuferautobahn = Danube bank motorway) that follows the Danube:






Kaisermühlen tunnel, passing below the high-rise cluster "Donaucity":




Donauturm:


All these exits lead to Danube bridges:




The end of lanterns marks the city limits:


Leaving Vienna, entering Lower Austria. Distance signs shows the following towns and cities:
Praha 280km
St.Pölten 75km
Krems 63km
Hollabrunn 41km
Stockerau 16km
Korneuburg-Ost 5km


Three lanes continue outside the city as well:



A return trip will follow next week together with a report on A2 (Vienna - Italy)!
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Old September 7th, 2007, 07:44 PM   #123
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I like that in austria there are so many signs and stuff on their motorways, they have really much stuff on them.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 11:52 PM   #124
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Too much.

Look at this sign. You can never read all this unless you are in a traffic jam.
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Old September 8th, 2007, 12:06 AM   #125
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really weird, but i allways liked slowly driving (you cannot drive fast there!) at Wien's city motorways! those crowds never make me nervous
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Old September 8th, 2007, 02:34 AM   #126
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Too much.

Look at this sign. You can never read all this unless you are in a traffic jam.
It would be somewhat better if they used the rule that motorway exits should be signed in white (or some other) color, while the rest blue. I would find it a bit easier to read. That's why I like signage in Switzerland, ex-Yugoslav countries and France: you can distinguish between destinations easily and automatically know if the next thing coming is an interchange between 2 motorways or a standard exit.
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yeah, but in Austria you have this italic font for city exits. that should be enough (although it is not visible as different colour)
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Old September 8th, 2007, 09:52 AM   #128
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Italics are making it just worse visible, especially with such a load of destinations. The signage is just way too small for such a huge amount of lanes and destinations. That results in small fonts, small symbols, destinations next to eachother (like here) etc. You can't take all that information at once, even not with only 80km/h.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 02:49 PM   #129
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Welcome to the land of yodels, beautiful mountains, cows and marmots: Tyrol! One the most civilized, clean and nice regions in Central Europe - and the world for that matter I guess!

A12 - Section Kufstein - Innsbruck:

I don't know exactly if the first pics are taken in Germany or Austria:


Castles everywhere around here:












Another castle:


Some repairs here on the opposite carriageway. Notice how one lane of incoming traffic is diverted to our carriageway, so that the road is still 2x2:




Stupid concrete barriers... Austria has such a lovely scenery but you don't get to see much of it on the Autobahn :


Approaching the really big mountains:


The Karwendel mountains in all their splendour, and exit Wattens. Unfortunately we didn't stop to visit the Swarovski crystal museum, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wattens:




Approaching Innsbruck:


Tunnel near Innsbruck:


Hope you enjoyed, there's more on the way!
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Old September 21st, 2007, 03:55 PM   #130
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Stunning scenery but awful signs.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 07:34 PM   #131
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Stupid concrete barriers... Austria has such a lovely scenery but you don't get to see much of it on the Autobahn
It's a pity to say, but I think it is for your own safety; people would get distracted too much.
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It's a pity to say, but I think it is for your own safety; people would get distracted too much.
Yes, I know that; but when you're not driving and taking pictures instead, they are really annoying . It would be nice if they installed transparent barriers of sorts, but then the price would probably go way up. And, as you said, drivers would get more distracted.

Even with barriers, I wouldn't want to drive there, because I would probably crash in no time!
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It would be nice if they installed transparent barriers of sorts
Then they would become quite useless, don't you think?

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Even with barriers, I wouldn't want to drive there, because I would probably crash in no time!
Why?
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Old September 21st, 2007, 08:54 PM   #134
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Why?
Because I just LOVE mountains !
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Old September 21st, 2007, 11:19 PM   #135
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We're getting a nice sorted collection of Austrian motorways, great work all of you!
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Old September 21st, 2007, 11:48 PM   #136
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Yes, I know that; but when you're not driving and taking pictures instead, they are really annoying . It would be nice if they installed transparent barriers of sorts, but then the price would probably go way up. And, as you said, drivers would get more distracted.

Even with barriers, I wouldn't want to drive there, because I would probably crash in no time!
Yes yes, why don´t you consider visiting the Rila mountain man, it´s quite close for you and has on the right places more impressive peaks than these pics of the alps show. But anyway, yes, the austrian alpine Autobahns are awesome, I love mountains also and enjoy it really much to travel and watch out of the window.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 03:07 PM   #137
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It's a pity to say, but I think it is for your own safety; people would get distracted too much.
In fact, the opposite is the case: The less your view changes, the more easily you fall asleep, lose concentration, etc.
It's noise barriers, not view barriers. Interestingly, even fields and rivers are protected from noise. There must be some kind of Mafia that's building all this crap. Famous Austrian architects have started petitions against them and called "an attack on tourism in Austria", claiming that by obstructing the view, foreigners might not be attracted by the countryside as much as they used to, especially in flat areas, where there are no mountains to stick out.
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Indeed, a boring motorway is a bigger threat to safety than an exciting one.
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Old October 20th, 2007, 06:31 PM   #139
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Whats the with of a Austrian autobahn lane 3,5 m, or 3,75 m like in Germany?
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 01:30 AM   #140
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It's not as smooth as Struma, and we know that Austrian motorways are generally of lower quality (), but I present to you the

S31 (Burgenlandschnellstraße)

Length: 46 km (66 planned)
Province: Burgenland

that links Eisenstadt in the north, the capital of Burgenland, Austria's easternmost and most exotic province and the town of Oberpullendorf in the south.
The northern part is a devided 2/2 section, while there is no lane divider (or whatever word the English language requires ) south of Mattersburg.



This is a trip from Eisenstadt interchange (A3/S31, if you come from Vienna) and Oberpullendorf. N-S


Leaving A3:



Eisenstadt is just a couple of mins to the north, we head south/left:


Something for Verso, Slovenian military in AT:


Pretty neat stretch:


Announcing Mattersburg interchange (S31/S4, back to A2/Wr.Neustadt)


Mattersburg interchange:


End of "Vollausbau", no divider from now on:


Still a good road:


Lovely landscape, very close to Hungary:




Smooth and convenient:






Nearing Oberpullendorf:


The rather complicated interchange at the southern end of S31:


An ordinary two-lane road takes you to a roundabout, the official end of S31:
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