Gaislachkoglbahn: a road for James Bond
Gaislachkoglbahn is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.018m (9,901ft) above the sea level, located in the Weisskamm group of the Ötztal Alps, in Austria. The peak was the spectacular shooting location for the James Bond Spectre movie. It’s one of the highest roads in Europe.
The road to the summit is a very challenging, extremely steep and long single-track. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. It’s impassable from October to June. The surface of the road is mostly gravel. It’s just asphalted to the middle station of Gaislachkogelbahn (2,174m). The ground in the upper half is characterized by very rough rocks. This runway is extremely steep. At the summit there’s a restaurant. Around the turn of the year 2014/15, all 007 stars and a 500 people film crew stayed in Sölden.The super-handy Agent 007 was keen to shoot the most thrilling action scenes and the wildest chases on the ultra-modern mountain gondola, on Sölden‘s ski slopes and the panoramic Glacier Road with Europe‘s highest road tunnel. The route demands 100% concentration. Surrounded by over 250 superb three-thousand metre mountains where freedom reaches for the stars and where the skies are so close that you want to touch them. Starting from Sölden, the ascent is 17km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.664m. The average gradient is 9,78%, with some sections up to 20%.
Pic: Sölden / Soelden / Solden