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Snow removal with “Wallack System” rotary ploughs 8 GROSSGLOCKNER.AT

GREAT HISTORY Franz Wallack, builder of the road For the construction of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road from 1930-1935 two aspects were kept in mind: The development of this part of the Alps and thus the creation of an important north-south link, and the ability to create jobs in an economically difficult time. Around 4,000 men were engaged in the construction of the six-meter-wide gravel road. Hard work in the high mountains The road is one of the most important representative constructions of the First Republic and was a symbol of the economic will of the country to survive. On August 3, 1935, we celebrated the opening of the then most modern high alpine road. Even today, the historic stone walls and road boundaries are largely intact. With the establishment of the Hohe Tauern National Park in 1981, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road was given another important function: it allows access to the heart of the nature reserve. THE BUILDER – FRANZ WALLACK The construction of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is inseparably linked with the name of Franz Wallack. The young civil engineer from Carinthia took over the contract with great vigour and prudence to build a scenic road from the then newly founded Grossglockner High Alpine Road PLC. At his own expense he undertook a study trip to about 43 alpine roads before he started the impressive project. It was to be the “most beautiful road in the Alps”, that placed nature into focus. SNOW REMOVAL In order to ensure the use of the road from the beginning of May, snow clearance work is performed year round. With the help of four rotary ploughs - a combination of snow blower and plough, which was designed by Franz Wallack – the snow removal takes around three weeks. The “break through” at the top of the Hochtor is a big event every year. After an average winter the walls of snow in certain route areas can be between eight and ten meters high in early May. They form the backdrop for an impressive journey into the high mountains. THE GROSSGLOCKNER HIGH ALPINE ROAD TODAY With nearly 850,000 visitors during the summer months, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road has remained for years among the Top 3 of the most visited tourist attractions in Austria. Founded in 1931, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road PLC (GROHAG) is the road operator of five panorama roads and a modern tourist business. In addition to the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, the Gerlos Alpine Road is operated with the Krimml Worlds of Water, the Nockalm Road, the Villach Alpine Road and the Goldeck Panoramic Road. THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY The Grossglockner High Alpine Road PLC focuses on environmental protection and sustainable development for many years. Along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road several state-of-the-art EV-charging stations have already been built. Electric charging stations from north to south: • Km 0 of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Bruck • Landgasthof Wasserfall, Fusch • Haus Alpine Naturschau, Km 25.4 • Hochtor, south portal • Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, Km 8.7 on the Glacier Road • Hotel Rupertihaus, Heiligenblut GROSSGLOCKNER.AT 9