Turracher Höhe

Turracher Höhe: a brutally steep (23%) road in Austria

Turracher Höhe is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.795m (5,889ft) above the sea level, located in the Gurktal Alps in Austria. The road to the pass has a maximum gradient of 23%.

The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable but the road to the pass is well cleared in the winter and only has to be closed very rarely. The road to the pass was, for a long time, the steepest Alpine road in Europe, with a gradient of up to 34% at kilometre 60. With this slope, the road, called Road 95 or Turracherstrasse, was sometimes a test stretch of Porsche. Nowadays, the road is "only" 23% today on a short section on the Carinthian side.
To reach the pass, starting from Ebene Reichenau, the ascent is 8 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 721 meters. The average percentage is 9 %. 
Pic: http://www.chalet-turracherhoehe.at/portfolio-view/sommer-2/


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.