The Nockalm Pass

Audi made two recces – seriously, one in July and one in August – to find the best mountain roads for its 2,220km Alpen Tour this year.

The route starts in Klagenfurt, southern Austria, heading north west to Kitzbuehel on the first day. Drivers tackle the first three mountain passes out of 22 in total. We take them one by one.

First up: The Nockalm Road.

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The Nocky Mountains:

The Nocky Mountains – an affectionate local term for the Nockberge, the highest range in the Gurtel Alps of the Austrian Central Eastern Alps. So-called after Nocken, the domed, grass covered summits, unique to the region. Though Nockalm tops out at 2,049m the gradients are relatively gentle. It’s a nice easy start.

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The Alpen Tour was designed to demonstrate Audi's superfast RS range. Cars included the RS Q3, RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback. But there was room

The Alpen Tour was designed to demonstrate the strengths of Audi’s supersport RS range. Cars included the RS Q3, RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback. But there was room for a couple of old time classics like this original Audi quattro coupe – and – its brutal younger brother, the Audi Sport quattro (more about that later).

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Fifty two corners spread over 35km

Bends and Nature – thirty five kilometers long, with fifty two corners – each named after a variety of local flora (alpenrose, blueberry, cranberry, crowberry) – Nockalm is more than just a twisty road through a spectacular landscape. It’s also a trail through the Nockberg National Park, dotted with nature loving activities like a (brand new) Biosphere and thermal springs. The bad news: it costs €16 to drive. But that grants you, the car and up to seven others a day’s admission and entrance to all the attractions and parking. More bad news: it closed for the winter at the end of October and doesn’t open again until the beginning of May 2014.

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For more information see the official website.

Coming next: The Turracher Heights.

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