Photographer's Note

This is the Alpine landscape of "Zeinisjoch", a pass between the Austrian federal states Tyrol and Vorarlberg - not one of the big passes crossing the Alps from north to south. It's situated in an altitude of 1842 m and it connects the two valleys Paznaun (Tyrol) and Montafon (Vorarlberg). Some meters west of the pass there's this old guesthouse with a long tradition in order to support wayfarers and transports. It first was mentioned in a deed of 1505 but it is evident that already the Romans used this inner alpine pass.

The not far away Arlberg Pass, today the main connection between the two federal states Tyrol and Vorarlberg and a most important international west-east passage (street and railway), obviously wasn't used by the Romans.

Zeinisjoch is a beautiful destination for hikers who can start here walking tours to many summits with wonderful views. Zeinisjoch also is famous for it's outstanding alpine flora.
In the background you can see Schrottenkopf, 2.890 meters, in Tyrol.

You can't cross Zeinisjoch by car but it frequently is used by bikers. The street one can see in the picture was built in order to transport the building materials to the nearby big reservoir "Kops" with its 120 m high concrete dam. The fully developed street ends near the dam - on the very steep western ramp of the pass there's only a forest track.

Using the map view function lefthand (please click at "satellite") you'll find the marker at the guesthouse and the reservoir south of it.

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