Kaprun reservoir

The road to Kaprun reservoir, a chillout in high mountains

Kaprun Hochgebirgsstauseen is a high mountain reservoir at an elevation of 2.038m (6,686ft) above the sea level, located in Salzburg, Austria.

Set high in the eastern Alps, within the Hohe Tauern National Park, the road to the reservoir is totally paved. It’s called Mooserbodenstraße and was built in 1938 on the orders of the Nazis. This road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow).

Tucked away in upper Kaprun Valley, the road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 17% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Lärchenwand Schrägaufzug Bergstation, the ascent is 6.0 km (3.72 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 417 meters. The average gradient is 6.95%.
Pic: Wolfgang Sprung