Publication “Lebensader. Die Felbertauernstraße damals und heute"

Cover "Lebensader"
Cover "Lebensader"

The new road served as transit road for tourists, because the trip from Munich to the Adriatic Sea was shortened for more than 100 kilometers. Apart from the discovery of the district Lienz by new tourists, for the locals the Felbertauern road has been especially important for the identity-establishing aspect: The First World War caused the separation of the South Tyrol from Austria and the new border cut off the Puster Valley from East Tyrol. The Felbertauern road realized the new traffic conjunction between East Tyrol and the capital city Innsbruck exclusively on Austrian territory.

The historic introduction covers the period from the medieval to present times. The first part of the book describes the efforts for the realization and the construction of the road from 1950 to 1967. The second part covers the commercialization of the road and other topics like frequency indicators and the toll charge, discussed controversially, the overcoming of the recent rock fall in 2013 and the present situation.

The book contains numerous newly discovered written fonts and photos - a cutting-edge edition, easily to read.


The author:

Martin Kofler, Mag. phil., PhD phil., Master of Arts, born 1971 in Lienz; graduated in History in Innsbruck and New Orleans; from 2011 director of the Tyrolean Archive of photographic documentation and art (TAP); publications covering the situation of Austria in the Cold War and the history of Tyrol during the 19th and 20th century.


(112 four-colored pages with more than 120 illustrations, hardcover)

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(price per book 19,90 Euro, postage extra)