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-Großglockner Hochalpenstraße- Schafe am Hochtor

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A: Hochtor Tunnel at 2500m

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D: Roemerhutte - Alpine hut near Grossglockner

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by Uwe Wieteck, 1.8 km away

G: -Großglockner Hochalpenstraße- Tauerneck

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I: Grossglockner Mountain Road

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J: A Balcony in Heiligenblut

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