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Alps for sale

Alps for sale
June 14, 2011, 10:13:55 AM
The Austrian government has suspended the sale of two mountains in the Alps, after strong criticism from the opposition and the general public.

A senior official said the peaks could be offered for sale again, but on different terms.

Only bids from Austrian institutions are likely to be considered, rather than selling for the highest price.

The government had hoped to get 121,000 euros (107,000; $170,000) for the mountains.

After a meeting between Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner and officials from the agency charged with selling off publicly owned property, an agency spokesman said: "We have suspended the sale to evaluate alternative possibilities."

The peaks are in the easternmost part of Tyrol province, home to some of Europe's highest mountain ranges.

They are the Rosskopf, which has an altitude of 2,600m (8,500 feet), and the Grosse Kinigat, at nearly 2,700m (8,800 feet).

Opposition politicians came out vigorously against the proposed deal and the office of the privatisation agency was bombarded with calls and e-mails.

Residents were unhappy about the sale of the peaks, one of which is the site of a memorial to battles in World War I.

Any future buyer will be bound by a range of restrictions on use, meant to allow holidaymakers and climbers free access.

Local authorities have wide powers prohibiting owners from displaying offensive or shrill advertising, or erecting buildings that do not fit a region's character.

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There goes the chance of having a MOUNT SLAYER.

Re: Alps for sale
June 14, 2011, 10:29:45 AM
$170k???!?!?!?! That's insane!

Re: Alps for sale
June 14, 2011, 11:49:15 AM
That's $170k for two mountains.Just purchasing Mount Rosskopf would only cost 29,000 euros. We should try to raise money among hessians so we can have a Mount Slayer!

Re: Alps for sale
June 15, 2011, 11:36:40 AM

Surely there are other mountains for sale.

This is an awesome idea.