Katschberg Pass

Katschberg Pass (el. 1,641 m (5,384 ft)) is a high mountain pass in the Central Eastern Alps in Austria between Rennweg am Katschberg in the state of Carinthia and Sankt Michael im Lungau in Salzburg.

Katschberg Pass
Katschberg col
Elevation1,641 m (5,384 ft)
Traversed byBundesstraße B 99
LocationAustria
RangeCentral Eastern Alps
Coordinates47°3′33″N 13°36′56″E
Katschberg Pass
Location of Katschberg Pass

Geography

It connects the Carinthian Katsch Valley in the south with the historic Lungau region of Salzburg (present-day Tamsweg district) and the Mur river in the north, from where the road leads further on to the Radstädter Tauern Pass. The federal state border between Salzburg and Carinthia runs along the top of the pass. Katschberg also separates the Ankogel Group of the Hohe Tauern range in the west from the Nock Mountains, part of the Gurktal Alps, in the east.

Parallel to the Katschberg Straße (B 99), which is now a regional highway (Landesstraße), since 1974 the Tauern Autobahn crosses the chain through the 5,898 m (19,350 ft) long Katschberg Tunnel.

History

Though the pass was probably already known to the Celtic Taurisci and later was part of a Roman Road from Teurnia to Iuvavum (Salzburg), it was first mentioned in a 1459 deed, then at the border between the Duchy of Carinthia and the Archbishopric of Salzburg. Mail was first sent over the pass in 1764.

In 1929, J. Kastner built the first inn at Katschberghöhe. Matthias and Gertrude Bogensperger took over the inn in 1956 and expanded the it to a 4* hotel. These days, there are numerous hotels, holiday resorts and apartments in the region. In 1957, the first ski lift to the Tschaneck peak was built.

Tourism

Today, the ski resort 'Schischaukel Katschberg-Aineck' includes 16 lifts that cover 70 km (43 mi) of slopes with 100% snow-making facilities from Tschaneck (2,024 m (6,640 ft)) to Aineck (2,220 m (7,280 ft)) until Sankt Margarethen im Lungau.[1]

Winter & Ski tourism

Ski runs

The longest ski runs are the “A1” from Aineck to St. Margarethen, the Aineck run to Katschberg (black piste – Direttissima or red piste – family run) and the Tschaneck run (black piste – but also suitable for families). For beginners, the platterlift, Minijet and “Königswiesen” cable car at Katschberg as well as the family run and Branntweiner run at Aineck are perfectly suitable.

Connection lifts

The connection lifts are the 8-person gondola Silverjet 1 from valley station St. Margarethen to Aineck as well as the 6-person Tschaneck cable car from Katschberghöhe to Tschaneck.

Further lifts

Carinthia

The 6-person Gamskogelexpress cable car, the Königswiesen cable car, and the Sonnalm cable car are available at the Carinthian side of the mountain. Furthermore, there are the Aineckbahn cable car as well as three platter and drag lifts.

Salzburg

At the Salzburg side of Katschberg-Aineck, there are three modern gondolas Silverjet 1, Silverjet 2 and the Aineck Gipfelbahn gondola.[2]

Summer tourism

With the development of the ski resort, also summer tourism has been developing. These days, there is a 200km wide hiking trail network as well as numerous summer activities and accommodations in the region.[3]


See also

References

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