Süd Autobahn

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Motorway A2
Autobahn A2
Süd Autobahn
Karte A2 AT.svg
Route information
Part of E56-AT.svgE66-AT.svg E56 / E66
Maintained by ASFiNAG
Length 377.3 km (234.4 mi)
Major junctions
FromA23-AT.svg A23

A21-AT.svg A21 near Vienna
S4 and S6 near Wiener Neustadt
A9-AT.svg A9 near Graz

A10-AT.svgA11-AT.svg A10 / A11 near Villach
ToAutostrada A23 Italia.svg A23 border with Italy
Regions: Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria, Carinthia
Major cities Vienna, Graz, Klagenfurt, Villach
Highway system
  • Highways of Austria
A1-AT.svg A1 A3 A3-AT.svg

The Süd Autobahn (A2) ('South Motorway') is a motorway ( Autobahn ) in Austria. Completed in 1999, it runs from the outskirts of Vienna south via the cities of Graz and Klagenfurt to the border of Italy at Arnoldstein, where it joins the Autostrada A23. With a total length of 377.3 km (234.4 mi), the A2 is Austria's longest motorway.

Controlled-access highway Highway designed exclusively for high-speed vehicular traffic, with all traffic flow and ingress/egress regulated

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Austria Federal republic in Central Europe

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A2 between Wiener Neudorf and Modling Austria A2 moedling.jpg
A2 between Wiener Neudorf and Mödling

Plans for the A2 originated from the so-called Reichsautobahn system laid out after the Anschluss annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938. However, construction was not begun until the outbreak of World War II terminated all road building projects.


The Reichsautobahn system was the beginning of the German autobahns under the Third Reich. There had been previous plans for controlled-access highways in Germany under the Weimar Republic, and two had been constructed, but work had yet to start on long-distance highways. After previously opposing plans for a highway network, the Nazis embraced them after coming to power and presented the project as Hitler's own idea. They were termed "Adolf Hitler's roads" and presented as a major contribution to the reduction of unemployment. Other reasons for the project included: enabling Germans to explore and appreciate their country, and there was a strong aesthetic element to the execution of the project under the Third Reich; military applications, although to a lesser extent than has often been thought; a permanent monument to the Third Reich, often compared to the pyramids; and general promotion of motoring as a modernization.

<i>Anschluss</i> annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany on 12 March 1938

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Nazi Germany The German state from 1933 to 1945, under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler

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With the first cut of the spade on 6 May 1959, road works were inaugurated on a first section between Vösendorf south of Vienna and Leobersdorf, the segment was opened to the traffic on 26 May 1962. By 1975, the motorway was completed up to Seebenstein in Lower Austria, notably with three lines in each direction. A first segment in Styria between Gleisdorf and Raaba was already opened in 1969, followed by the section between Pörtschach and Villach (then called Wörthersee Autobahn) in Carinthia in 1970. The route was completed with the inauguration of the last segment running from Völkermarkt to Klagenfurt on 25 November 1999.

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