In the foothills of the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Pass Road at 2175 meters above sea level, the new Top Mountain Crosspoint will be constructed until 2015. A top modern, multifunctional building that hosts a motorbike museum, the base station of the new Kirchenkar mountain gondola, the road toll station and a state-of-the art mountain restaurant with table service. The official ground-breaking ceremony for Ötztal's next prestige project took place recently in the presence of motorbike legend Giacomo Agostini.
The Top Mountain Crosspoint can be found in a truly predestinated place. In spring and summer thousands of excursionists drive along the panoramic Timmelsjoch High Alpine Pass Road leading from North Tirol to Italy's South Tyrol. In the winter, superb powder snow slopes await passionate sport fans on the ridges of Kirchenkar. Reason enough to construct something very special in a unique location. "As one of the Alps' top ski areas we always continue developing new attractions. This project is another great chance to draw even more attention to Hochgurgl. Our future guests can take full advantage of an additional highlight as a single building represents four different purposes," explains Alban Scheiber, managing director of Hochgurgl's Lift Company. Investments amount to some 15 million Euros.
The future Top Mountain Crosspoint will cover a total surface of 6060 m² - offering enough space for the Timmelsjoch road toll station, a high quality mountain restaurant with table service and panoramic terrace, the base station of Kirchenkarbahn mountain gondola, and Europe's highest motorbike museum on 2000 m². The new 10-person mountain gondola, constructed by the expert Doppelmayr Company, gives quick and easy access to the pristine Kirchenkar ski slopes. "The skiing terrain ranks among the favorites in the whole area, therefore we want to build a truly outstanding mountain lift," states Scheiber. Especially the motorbike museum is a matter of the heart for the two Scheiber brothers Alban and Attila. "We have been collection motorbikes with great passion, and many tourists explore the Timmelsjoch Pass Road on their motorbike as well. The museum is dedicated to all biking aficionados. It is open all year and also makes a great bad weather alternative," Alban Scheiber underlines.
Official ground-breaking attended by star guest
The official star guest on occasion of the ground-breaking ceremony was Italy's famous Giacomo „Ago“ Agostini, fifteen time Motorbike World Champion and most successful motorbike racer ever. He congratulated on the splendid project. Basic excavation works and foundations are laid in 2014 while the new road toll station of the Timmelsjoch Pass Road will be inaugurated for the 2015 summer season. The first section of Kirchenkarbahn mountain gondola and the top modern restaurant are available in the 2015/2016 winter season. The highly sophisticated motorbike museum will open its doors in spring 2016.