High Alpine & Toll Roads
Winding mountain roadsFrom Sölden the highest road in the Eastern Alps winds its way up to Rettenbach or Tiefenbach Glaciers. The toll road is 13 km long and opens up fascinating panoramic views for car and motorcyclists as well as bus passengers in the snow-free summer months. If the prospect of a great view is not enough, the Glacier Road can also be used as a fabulous starting point for exciting high-altitude hikes. The Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road from Hochgurgl to South Tyrol is as well considered an absolute epic route. At exciting stations such as the Pass Museum even the most passionate drivers enjoy a quick stop.
Glacier road, 1.377 - 2.800 m
The 15 km long Ötztaler Glacier road is one of the highest roads in the Eastern Alps, connecting Sölden (1,377 m) with the glacier ski regions in Rettenbach- and the Tiefenbach glaciers at over 2,800 m. Every curve of the road offers a new breathtaking view. The glacier tunnel is (tunnel patron Rosi Mittermaier) the highest road tunnel in the Alps, and connects both ski regions at an altitude of 2.800 metres and a length of 1,7 km.
Road and tunnel have been built to accommodate two lanes in each direction, and the average incline is 11 %, and therefore of no problem for cars or busses. Snow chains in winter months are advisable, as it can snow quite unexpectedly in these high alpine climates. The road is only open when considered not dangerous (avalanches). This can sometimes mean that a second road block is possible.
Toll: This in only exacted from non-skiers! All skiers with a valid ski ticket may use the road for free!
Timmelsjoch, 2.509 m
The trip trough the 2,509 m high Timmelsjoch tunnel trough the Ötztaler glaciers into the South Tyrolean wine region trough the Passeier valley to Meran is and reamins anunforgettable experience. The "Secret Gap" in the Alps or the direct route south brings laybys and panorama pointson the way.