At the rear end of Sölden you turn right into the rising road – following the magnificent Ötztal Glacier Road either by car, motorbike or public bus. It leads high above Sölden to the eternal glacier fields of Rettenbach and Tiefenbach. The Eastern Alps’ highest mountain road was built in 1972 as an addition to the already existing road to Hochsölden. The average gradient of the 13 kilometer long route to Rettenbach Glacier is about 11%. On the way to Tiefenbach Glacier the vehicles also pass Europe’s highest road tunnel - Rosi Mittermaier Tunnel named after one of the most successful female German ski racers of all time. Just beyond, mountain visitors also reach the highest point of the road at 2830 meters above sea level.
Focusing on the eternal ice of the glacier, passionate alpinists and mountaineers look forward to conquering the high Alpine terrain throughout the summer months. In autumn, the first skiers meet here for the early season’s very first turns on freshly prepared ski slopes.