The winter sports resort Arlberg in Tyrol

Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 01:02 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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© skiarlberg.at

© skiarlberg.at

Arlberg is a mountain range or massif between Vorarlberg and Tyrol in Austria. The highest peak is the “Valluga” at 2,811 metres (9,222 ft). The name Arlberg derives from the tradition of the “Arlenburg,” who are said to have once established themselves on the Tyrolean side of the Arlberg passes (1,793 m over sea level). Another story derives the name from the “Arlenbushes” that are very numerous here. There is no mountain with the name “Arlberg” proper. Popular places and famous ski resorts at the Arlberg are Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St. Christoph and St. Anton.

The old pass route was known since the 14th century in the form of a narrow mule track when people began to trade salt in this region. However, because the Arlberg was very poorly developed, for centuries people avoided the route and took detours over the Fern Pass or Immenstadt for trading. The development of the textile industry and of the postal service, however, led to the road’s being surfaced in 1824.

St. Anton am Arlberg © flickr.com - Thomas Tolkien Zürs am Arlberg © Florian Lindner Stuben am Arlberg © böhringer friedrich St. Christoph am Arlberg © jorchr St Anton Town © Bunny St. Anton - Valluga Aerial Tramway outside top station © PG Jansson St. Anton Panorama © 3dtester Passstrasse © Waas-Online.de - Dominik Waas © skiarlberg.at
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St. Anton - Valluga Aerial Tramway outside top station © PG Jansson
With the rise of motor traffic in the 20th century, however, this became inadequate. It was decided that a 14 km long Arlberg Road Tunnel would be built between Langen and St. Anton. On July 5, 1974 the work began and the passage was opened to traffic on December 1, 1978. The tunnel has a toll; however, the old road over the pass is toll-free. A peculiarity of the tunnel is that it actually consists of two tunnels. On the Tyrolian side it is built over the “Rosanna Gorge” before the actual massif rises up in the direction of Vorarlberg over the tunnel.

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