Why was it so important to realize a project like the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, especially in the state of the state? And why in the second half of the 1930s is a high mountain road chosen as the symbol of Austrian values? And how was the message carried into the world exhibitions of the inter-war period? The connections between Austrian identity and the construction of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road are unexpected and multifaceted. Thomas Mitterecker, graduate engineer of architecture and assistant at the Vienna University of Technology, investigates these questions in his new book “Grossglockner High Alpine Road: Prestigious Building of the State Estate” (Großglockner Hochalpenstraße: Prestigebau des Ständestaates), which was presented at the Austrian Federal Chancellery on 28th of June 2018.
Less from the perspective of the architect but mainly from the point of view of the historian Univ. Prof. Franz Schausberger referred his findings on the Grossglockner street as a myth and symbol of the state party.
From left to right: Johannes Hörl (Director General Grossglockner High Alpine Roads AG), Thomas Mitterecker (Author), Caroline Jäger-Klein (Vienna University of Technology and President ICOMOS Austria) and Franz Schausberger (Chairman of the Institute of the European Regions, former governor of Salzburg)